The Federation welcomes Sir Peter Bazalgette's independent review of the creative industries

September 22, 2017

Responding to the launch of Sir Peter Bazalgette’s independent review of the creative industries, commissioned in March as part of government's industrial strategy, John Kampfner CEO of the Creative Industries Federation said:

“The Federation welcomes Sir Peter Bazalgette’s review and the growing acknowledgement by government that the creative industries are an essential part of the country’s future growth. We are also pleased to see that many of the recommendations the Federation and our membership submitted to the review have been reflected within it.

“Building the pipeline of talent to supply the creative workforce is crucial to ensure the continued success of the sector - the fastest growing of the UK economy worth £87bn. That is why the Federation particularly welcomes the initiatives around skills including our idea for a Creative Careers Campaign within the Bazalgette review.

“The Creative Careers Campaign idea included in our Blueprint for Growth submitted to government in April of this year remains a key part of the our strategy. It will be an effective tool to highlight the hidden career options within the creative industries for those with a variety of skills.

“Despite this, we must acknowledge that the sector is heavily reliant on international workers. With the end of freedom of movement on the horizon, there is a real risk of a post-Brexit creative brain drain.

“It is essential Brexit and its implications are a consideration when determining how best to support the sector’s continued growth. We must still be able to attract the international talent the creative workforce needs. That is why the Federation is currently working on a report examining the the role of international talent on behalf of the sector. We will be reporting on our findings in mid-October.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

John Kampfner CEO and Caroline Julian, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, are available for interview / further comment on this. Please contact Isabel@creativeindustriesfederation.com for more details.

You can read Sir Peter Bazalgette's review in full here.

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