Creative Skillset receives £6m funding boost

Posted: 12th December 2012

Creative Skillset has successfully secured £6m of funding from the government to support skills development.

The funding will be co-invested to establish a £12 million pot to support entry and professional level for over 3,300 individuals working in film, TV, animation and video games.

Creative Skillset said that it “will work with representatives of each industry to ensure that all investments made will be targeted at areas of priority”.

“Through the Treasury consultation on tax relief our industries have identified the UK’s skills and talent as one of the principal drivers of growth and of our global reputation,” said Stewart Till OBE, Creative Skillset’s chair.

“This much needed and welcome injection of one-off co-investment will help incentivise the delivery of training to develop skills that will support the growth in jobs that the tax reliefs will bring.”

Ed Vaizey, the Creative Industries Minister praised the UK sector’s “success story” and said that the funding would equip the industry to compete effectively in a global market “which is hugely competitive and constantly evolving”.

John McVay, Pact’s chief executive welcomed the extension of funding to high-end TV and animation and the government’s commitment to driving the development in the growing UK creative industries.

Northern Film & Media continues to work in partnership with Creative Skillset on several talent development programmes such as Film4Ward and national film initiative Triangle. Teesside-based writer James Harris and Newcastle writer/director Ian Cottage had beat UK-wide competition last month to secure a place in the final of Triangle.

The funding will be available from April 2013.

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