Chancellor announces training investment boost for creative industries

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The UK’s film and television industries are to benefit from a new £6 million investment in training announced by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne in yesterday’s Autumn Statement.

The funding will provide for “entry-level and professional-level” training for up to 3,300 people working in the domestic film, television, animation and video games sectors over the next two years and will be matched by the industry.

The chancellor’s announcement follows the recent introduction of new tax reliefs for “high-end” television production, animation and video games and is intended to “ensure that skills in the creative industries will keep pace with increased economic growth”. Allocation of monies will be managed through the Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund.

Welcoming the news, Stephen Garrett, chairman of Life on Mars and Spooks creator Kudos, said: “This is fantastic news. There is a huge demand for good quality television dramas around the world. In the UK, we have a brilliant track record of coming up with the ideas and talent to produce them and the new tax reliefs were a critical piece of the jigsaw to ensure they are made over here. [This] announcement will help guarantee that our highly skilled creative industries workforce is not only sustainable, but might, with this new stimulus, even grow in response to the predicted increased demand for their services in the future”.