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Bridging the skills gap

Posted: 16th April 2023

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In the UK, the creative industries are worth more than £115bn to the economy every year, which is more than aerospace, life sciences and the automotive industries combined. One in eight businesses in the UK economy are arts-focused or part of the creative industries.

Between 2011 and 2019, job growth in the creative industries was three times that in the UK overall, and the creative industries are receiving growing international attention. Global exports of creative services rose from $487 billion in 2010 to $1.1 trillion in 2020.  Employers increasingly seek people who are creative thinkers, who have a grounding in the arts and who have cultural understanding.

At Wetherby Arts, in parallel with our focus on academic excellence, we will place enormous importance on the arts, and on creativity, collaboration and innovative entrepreneurial thinking, so that we can support our pupils towards their future. The creative industries offer a range of exciting career opportunities across the sector. For example, the BFI Skills Review 2022 estimated that film and high-end television will require between 15,130 and 20,700 additional full-time employees by 2025.

Of course, whilst not all of our pupils will choose to pursue a career in the arts, they will all benefit from the skills that are gained through studying the creative arts.

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