Westminster Media Forum

Priorities for the creative industries workforce: education, skills and the impact of Brexit

Morning, Thursday, 28th March 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will consider priorities for the creative industries workforce - including challenges around education in creative subjects, investing in skills, and the impact of Brexit on the sector’s capacity to attract and retain talent.

The agenda examines options for strengthening the relationship between the creative industries and the education and training sector, in the context of initiatives set out in the Creative Industries Sector Deal.

Delegates will assess progress and consider what further steps are needed to meet the needs of the sector - including in the development of T-levels, tackling the decline in uptake of arts and creative subjects at secondary level, and improving careers advice provision.

Focusing on what more is needed to ensure that creative education is in sync with the requirements of business and industry, they will also discuss the way forward for fostering greater links between schools, colleges and universities and the wider sector, and including initiatives such as outreach programmes.

Further sessions focus on key priorities for addressing future skills challenges in the Creative Industries.

Areas for discussion include aligning the framework for apprenticeships to suit the sector’s needs, challenges around upskilling employees already within the sector and identifying the most urgent skills gaps, promoting greater diversity and inclusiveness in the workforce, and reducing barriers to access for socio-economically excluded groups.

In the context of findings contained in the Bazalgette review, we expect a particular focus on the development of digital skills in the Creative Industries, as well as consideration of the structural impact of greater automation and the advent of artificial intelligence on the employment landscape within the sector.

The conference takes place when UK immigration policy and the relationship with Europe and other global sources of talent is likely to be more clarified.

Delegates will assess what the UK’s international positioning means for recruitment of skilled labour from overseas to the creative industries and what will be needed from policy and the sector itself to address the challenges and seize on opportunities - as well as the implications for those in the UK creative workforce to seek employment opportunities overseas.

Keynote Speaker

Dinah Caine

Chair of Council, Goldsmiths, University of London and Member, Creative Industries Council


Amy Smith

Head of Talent, Framestore and Chair, T-Level Panel for Media, Broadcast and Production

Simon Dancey

Chief Executive Officer, Creative & Cultural Skills

Neil Hatton

Chief Executive Officer, UK Screen Alliance