The general election provides an important opportunity to focus on what the country needs to do for the future.

We at the Creative Industries Federation - the national organisation for the creative industries, cultural education and arts - produced our own general election manifesto to guide and inform the discussion.

"The UK's creative industry is key to driving growth and new jobs post-Brexit."

Our 10-point plan outlines how the new government can promote and support the sector to the benefit of the whole of the country. We are pleased that some of our proposals have been already adopted by the political parties in their own manifestos.

The UK’s creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK economy, contributing £87.4bn in GVA. They are key to driving growth and creating new jobs in a post-Brexit Britain. They can also deliver social and economic regeneration.

The Federation manifesto emphasises how critical it is to ensure young people are offered the education, training and skills needed to be able to work in the creative sector. It also highlights the support needed by creative businesses in the early stage of their development.

 

Our proposals include:

 
  • Set up a creative skills commission. The creative industries face significant skills shortages because we have failed to prepare young people in education and training. The commission would report within six months on practical measures to defuse the skills time bomb and better equip the next generation for 21st century life.
 
  • Launch as creative careers campaign. Careers guidance must be transformed. Government should lead on a creative careers campaign to correct inadequate information about potential careers in the creative industries and open up access to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Better, inspirational advice would go some way towards solving the skills crisis in the creative industries and in others that rely heavily on creative skills, such as manufacturing.
 
  • Limit ‘outstanding’ to schools that warrant it. Creative employment is resistant to automation, and adapting to the future jobs landscape will demand creative skills. Securing a workforce fit for the 21st century begins at school. A school must teach at least one creative subject, in lesson time, in order to be eligible for an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted.
 
  • Establish a creative industries ‘business booster’ network. Freelancers, microbusinesses and SMEs – the backbone of the creative industries – often struggle to access finance and support around intellectual property and exports at the early, often risky stage of development. A national centre based outside London and with a regional network, to provide advice on these issues is needed to ensure the creative industries continue to grow apace.

 


You can read the full manifesto on our website at www.creativeindustriesfederation.com