The government has responded to a written question on skills shortages in the creative industries. Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield, asked the Department for Digitial, Culture, Media and Sport what steps the government is taking to ensure the creative industries do not suffer from skills shortages. Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Digital and Culture in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, answered that the government will continue to boost training and employment opportunities in the creative industry and will ensure the creative industries do not suffer from skills shortages.
The government’s full response is below:
Arts: Skilled Workers
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
1 July 2021
Mr Barry Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the creative industries do not suffer from skills shortages.
Caroline Dinenage: As the creative sector continues to grow and build back better from the pandemic, this Government understands the importance of ensuring that the creative industries do not suffer from skills shortages. That is why the Government has supported initiatives to boost training and employment opportunities in these sectors.
At this year’s Budget, the Chancellor announced a new £7m pilot fund to test ‘flexijob’ apprenticeships, which will better suit the working practices of the creative industries and enable more young people to enter the workforce. This builds on the DCMS-funded ScreenSkills Apprenticeship Pilot with Netflix and Warner Media, relaunching this Summer with apprentices working across multiple productions and employers. DCMS also supports the industry-led Creative Careers Programme, which has to date showcased creative career pathways to over 115,000 pupils at over 1500 schools across England, as well as the Department for Work and Pensions’ Kickstart Scheme through which over 8000 creative industry placements are now available to young people across the country. DCMS has also commissioned the British Film Institute to undertake a UK Skills Review this year, into the skills needs of our world-leading screen industries.