Welsh Labour is pledging to set up “Creative Wales” a body that backs home-grown talent in the creative industries.
Creative Wales will have its own budget and will be expected to boost the number of new creative businesses by at least 100 by 2020, creating 4000 new jobs in this exciting sector within the next ten years.
The new body will be tasked with building on Wales’ recent success in attracting creative industry jobs. Wales beat off competition from Scotland and across England, attracting the first new Pinewood studio in the UK. Relentless Software, an award winning games developer has also found a new home in Wales, after a Welsh Government backed deal enticed them away from setting up in the States.
We will work with our Colleges and Universities, to speed up the stream of skilled youngsters ready to take on an apprenticeship and to build TV crews and companies of their own. This will ensure that Wales has the skills base to take on the creative challenges of the future.
Welsh Labour Deputy Minister Ken Skates said:
“We've had great success in attracting world-class investors to Wales in recent years.
“The sector has grown faster here than in any other region of the UK, but we want to build on the momentum we've generated.
“That's why we are establishing Creative Wales, bringing together people with industry expertise to create at least 100 new companies in the next five years and 4,000 more jobs in the next decade.
"Creative Wales will also be tasked with levering in more investment from Europe and with creating paid internships for people to gain vital skills and experience, especially from deprived communities.
"The creative industries sector is a key element of Welsh Labour's plan for prosperity."