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Creative Industries in the West Midlands get a boost as Minister pledges on-going support

Dec 10 2018

Creative Industries in the West Midlands get a boost as Minister pledges on-going support

Margot James, Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was at Dudley College of Technology to  launch a major new Creative Careers Programme and a raft of initiatives, to boost creative businesses across the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and the West of England during a recent visit.

Alongside Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor and Jon Zeff from the Creative Industries Council, Margot met staff and students in a tour of the college’s Evolve building which is the home to our Creative Industries curriculum. The Minister was able to talk to learners working in Fine Art, media production, games and photography saying she was: “bowled over by the talent” on show.

Photographs of the event taken by Level 3 Photography students Keaton Barton and Ethan Brady.

In a formal Ministerial announcement she went on to say that the government was providing more than £20million to the UK’s creative industries to both attract more diverse talent into the sector but also to provide support for small creative business that have the potential to grow.

The event was a marvellous opportunity for students to build their networks by talking to businesses that were represented – with some even securing future work experience placements on the back of their conversations.

Read more about government’s commitment to support the creative industries as part of its Industrial Strategy on the gov.uk website.