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Can the creatives beat the crunch?
The Guardian today asks whether or not the UK creative industries will survive not only the strictures of economic recession but also the threat of increasing global competition.
With the short-term decline of the financial sector now mirroring the long-term dwindling of Britain’s natural and industrial resources, the article suggests that we must regard the creative industries now as our foremost economic asset.
“Look into the toolbox – creativity is the only tool we have left … and it’s important to see it in the round: creativity is a new drug, or a better engine for cars – we shouldn’t get trapped in a narrow definition”. Lord Puttnam
British creative industries currently enjoy a global reputation for cutting-edge innovation and imagination. But with future levels of arts and cultural investment jeopardized by the wider market downturn, what provisions are being made to safeguard future generations of Britain’s creative community?
The establishment of the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills must be seen as a step in the right direction. This £15 million initiative will work in conjunction with employers and trainers across the UK to create a new generation of creative employees, and help reach the target of 30,000 new jobs in the sector by 2017.
This summer however, thousands more creative industry graduates will entering a shrinking British job market already over-crowded with the recently unemployed. With recruitment declining throughout the sector as a whole, the danger of stagnation is very real. Without the injection of the fresh blood and new ideas, innovative industry will not remain truly innovative for long.
If Britain is to maintain its place atop the global creativity food chain, then 30,000 new creative industry jobs may be needed far sooner than 2017.
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