Magazine article Screen International

Creative Skills Fund Set for $63M Boost

Magazine article Screen International

Creative Skills Fund Set for $63M Boost

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Businesses from the creative sector are to plough $29m (£17m) into skills training, boosting the UK's total investment pot to $63m (£37m).

Businesses from the creative sector, led by Channel 4 and Creative Skillset, have pledged to match the £16m fund revealed by business secretary Vince Cable earlier this month to develop and drive education and skills.

The Department for Business Innovation & Skills and the Department for Education (DfE) have committed a further £4m.

Later today, Create UK is to outline how businesses and the government plan to collaborate to 'maintain the UK's position as world leader for the creative industries' after benefiting from the investment.

The fund will deliver several ground-breaking initiatives across film, television, radio, animation, games, VFX, publishing, creative digital media, advertising, marketing, fashion and textiles.

C4 chief executive David Abraham said it was the "largest collaboration" ever achieved. …

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