Glamorgan set to boost creative skills with workforce development scheme

August 24, 2011

Freelancers and small businesses in Wales’ creative sector will soon be able to benefit from a new University of Glamorgan work-based training initiative worth almost a million pounds.

The Creative & Cultural Workforce Development Scheme is a part-time work based learning course that aims to bolster skills in a range of areas in the creative and cultural industries, including performing arts, music production, technical theatre, craft and design.

The University’s “Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries“ has developed the three-year, initiative in partnership with the Creative and Cultural Skills Council.

The scheme will develop both technical skills and entrepreneurial abilities, and is aimed at freelancers, self-employed practitioners and micro-businesses. It incorporates the NESTA Creative Enterprise Toolkit and also allows students to gain accreditation for skills they have already learned through working in the creative industries.

Ian Fitzell will be part of the teaching team when the course begins in October. “The creative industries in the UK and in particular the South Wales region are expanding rapidly, and they urgently need skilled talent” said Ian. “This course aims to meet that need by equipping freelancers and small businesses with the technical skills and business acumen they will need to compete and thrive in the creative sector.”

Professor Peter Robertson, Dean of the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, believes that CiDS will provide a significant boost for the creative sector in Wales. “This initiative will play a major role in the development of the creative industries in Wales, allowing micro-businesses and self-employed freelancers to improve upon their creative skills and build their business profiles” said Professor Robertson. “We anticipate that this unique scheme will benefit up to 250 businesses over three years.”

The Creative & Cultural Workforce Development Scheme has been made possible by support from the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Assembly Government. This means that applicants may be entitled to a fully or partly funded place on the course if they meet the entry criteria. Students who successfully complete the scheme will have the opportunity to continue their studies on a range of University of Glamorgan accredited courses.

The course will be delivered at the University’s ATRiuM campus in Cardiff, where students will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities including a fully equipped High Definition TV studio, purpose built audio and video recording facilities and computer suites.

More information on the Creative & Cultural Workforce Development Scheme is available from the CiDS website

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