Creative skills are vital to every sector of the economy. From architecture to engineering, from fashion to film making, creativity is at the heart of our economy. Creative skills drive improvement and innovation in social and private enterprises of all shapes and sizes.
Creative and cultural industries alone are worth around £84bn to the economy and employ almost 3 million people - which represents almost 1 in 10 of all jobs. It is the fastest growing sector in the economy. Between now and 2020 that value and these numbers will grow but the sector remains one with the significant barriers to entry to non-graduates. There is a Cultural Employment Challenge to match the Cultural Education Challenge. We are trying to meet both.
Developing these skills should be core to every child’s education. Arts Award, our Social Action Projects, our festivals - all of these TMC projects enable thousands of children and young people every year to develop these team working, creative skills. We also work more directly with businesses and entrepreneurs in addressing the skills gap. For example,
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