Politicians urged to put post-Brexit creative skills shortage on the agenda

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Leaving the EU could result in staff losses in UK creative sectors like visual effects (Source: Getty)

The Creative Industries Federation has called for a creative skills commission to be established in light of the UK’s post-Brexit skills shortage.

The Federation said in its snap election manifesto that the UK had failed to prepare young people for the creative workforce, and that new educational measures are needed to make up for loss of access to EU workers. The manifesto was distributed to all political parties today.

“We know there are skills shortages in creative industries such as visual effects and animation where ready access to trained Europeans has been masking the problem,” explained the Federation’s chief executive John Kampfner.

A survey by the UK Screen Alliance found about 30 per cent of the existing UK workforce in visual effects for film and TV are non-UK EU workers.

Kampfner said that a commission “would join the dots on education, skills and training not just for the creative sector but business more widely. This is absolutely about action, not more talking.”

The Federation also urged the government to maintain the rate of growth currently shown by the creative industries, which has grown by 34 per cent in five years. Continuing at the same pace could take the sector’s gross value added to £120bn by 2022.

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