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Exciting developments in the creative sector

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Two events were held in London recently celebrating successes in the creative and digital industries.

The launch of the National Skills Academy for the jewellery sector took place at the Goldsmiths’ centre held by Creative & Cultural Skills.

Through the Employer Investment Fund the UK Commission has supported Creative & Cultural Skills in extending the Skills Academy to include jewellery, design, craft and cultural heritage. The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural, which initially worked with the theatre and music sectors, has created more than 1,500 Apprenticeships to date. This initiative hopes to bring similar successes, working with a new range of key employers including the Tate, the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Design Council.

Skills Minister John Hayes attended the event and praised the work being done in the sector as well as the value of strong artistic talent.

Catherine Large, Joint CEO at Creative & Cultural Skills, said:

“We’re delighted with what we have managed to achieve working in partnership to date, from the million individuals who have engaged online through our Creative Choices careers programme, to the 5,000 who we have met directly through our events. We are extremely pleased to have put in place 1,500 Apprenticeships from a standing start of zero in 2008, of which 90 per cent are still in work, and look forward to working with the sector going forward.”

Over in Soho Creative Skillset showcased the talents of recent creative graduates in the sixth Animation and VFX Showcase.

More than 100 students met with animation and VFX houses and potential employers for an invaluable networking event. All students had studied courses given the Creative Skillset Tick - the quality mark for employer approved provision.

The UK Commission has co-invested in the Creative Skillset quality Tick through the Employer Investment fund to further its work on agreed standards and best practice in further and higher education.

Creative Skillset’s Chief Executive, Dinah Caine, said:

“This is one of the highlights of our calendar as it gives employers in the animation and VFX industries the chance to join up with the best UK education providers under the one roof. In the years we have been holding these events they have always generated results through jobs, bringing students together to explore business opportunities and by allowing education providers and industry to network and share knowledge.”

The event also featured an employer and graduate ‘speed matching’ session, where students could meet with industry, show their work, and gain feedback, advice and leads. Jeremy Booth, a graduate from the Creative Skillset Ticked Computer Visualisation and Animation course at Bournemouth University, said the benefit of studying an accredited course was employers really taking notice of what you are doing and helping to get the vital first step on the ladder. To see an example of the kind of work graduates are producing click here to see Jeremy’s online portfolio.

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