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Creative industries pledge £17m to develop new talent

Businesses from the creative industries are to invest more than £17m to develop talent in the UK, on top of a multimillion-pound package pledged by the government last week.

Fashion and textiles is just one of the sectors to benefit from the investment, which will be managed by Creative Skillset on behalf of more than 500 employers and partners to deliver “ground-breaking” initiatives across the creative industries.

The investment will be added to the £20m of public funding already pledged, bringing the total to £37m. The public investment is made up of £4m from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Department for Education, in addition to the £16m promised by business secretary Vince Cable last week.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chair of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and John Lewis Partnership, said the partnership was a “vehicle for collective ownership and collaborative working”.

“Industrial partnerships highlight all the essential features of employers taking ownership of their skills needs,” he added. “This creative partnership highlights the potential of what can be achieved by employers and partners working together, and with the government, to lead the development of the skills they need for growth.”

Skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock MP said the creative industries were “a source of national pride” and a “vibrant part” of the economy making up 5% of employment in the UK.

He added: “Everyone in our country should have the chance to reach the highest ranks in the creative industries as well as every other part of our national life. This government funding will be key to helping people break into and progress within the creative industries – spreading opportunity and enhancing social mobility.”

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