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Extending the ‘Tick’ – A quality mark for the Creative Media Sector

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Today’s students are flooded with choice when it comes to picking the right course. With increasing university fees, students need to know they are making the right choice for a successful career.   Skillset’s ‘Tick’ accreditation scheme will help students know which courses are industry approved and employers identify which courses to recruit from and support.

The UK Commission’s investment of £450,000 will support the extension of the ‘Tick’ from Higher Education courses to Further Education courses and short courses while also establishing best practice frameworks for apprenticeships and approving apprenticeship providers.

Skillset is piloting new accreditation systems to approve over 250 courses, meaning 1,663 students will have studied on Skillset accredited courses.  An online assessment tool is also in development meaning this number is sure to rise rapidly if courses meet the industry based criteria.

Skillset has also developed guidelines for internships and apprenticeships within the Creative Media sector.  It has been reported that 40% of people in the television industry have worked for free at some point in their career. Skillset is working to ensure interns, and those on work experience are supported and treated fairly and that employers have the information and support that they need.

With the current economic climate and the rising number of unemployed 16-24 year olds, do you think Skillset is on the right track to helping young people and employers in the Creative Media sector?

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