Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Skillset online consultation with interactive media industry launched

Skillset has launched the largest online consultation with the interactive media industry ever staged.
Over the next two months people working in the sector are being asked to contribute to an interactive media skills strategy which aims to tackle skills shortages and gaps threatening the competitiveness of the sector.
The feedback and comments collated during the online consultation will be incorporated into a revised strategy to be presented to government agencies for their input in September 2004.
Ian Morrison, Chairman of Carlyle Media, and Chair of the Interactive Media Skills Group, said:
"Interactive media is one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy and this online consultation is an opportunity to help strengthen the sustainability of that growth. Inevitably, the sector depends on high-end skills, but since it is largely made up of small businesses, there is a reliance on multi-tasking to cope with the new skills needed to keep pace with the speed at which technology advances. Changing technology also outpaces the education and training system's ability to update curricula and this causes problems in the supply of suitable new entrants. This consultation gives us the chance to pin down the problems facing the sector and come up with solutions that will make a difference."
Kate O'Connor, Executive Director of Policy and Development at Skillset, said: "The draft version of this strategy was brought together by industry practitioners but now we want the wider industry to have their say. We want as many employers, employees and freelancers as possible to tell us what their needs are, what barriers there are to acquiring skills and the ideas they have on overcoming them. This information will shape the strategy we produce and help us get support from government agencies to implement changes. It will ensure the industry's voice is heard."
The draft version of the interactive media skills strategy sets out an overall picture of the skills development within the sector highlighting: the need for ICT to be expanded beyond just 'office' software and be taught in context throughout the curriculum; the need to promote combined creative and technical thinking; the need for the school curriculum to provide a better grounding in general business, work and life skills, so that HE, FE and workplace learning can be used more effectively to teach specialist industry skills; the need to better allocate training/business support funding, in particular to support sustainability rather than, for example, software-specific courses; the need for industry to get more involved in education; and the need to attract better management skills into industry and take a more formal approach to developing them within the workforce.
The final version of the interactive media skills strategy will form part of a wider Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) for the audiovisual industries.
Skillset is one of four Sector Skills Councils chosen by Government to pilot SSAs, UK wide agreements between employers and education and training providers, and will broker agreements with the interactive media, film and television sectors.
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Future Film Skills – An Action Plan
The BFI has launched Future Film Skills – An Action Plan at the House of Commons alongside the Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, and producer Barbara
Big Pic Media To Exhibit At Media Production Show
Big Pic Media has announced it is to exhibit a wide range of tools for ingest, QC, transcode, encode and delivery on stand 510 at the Media Production
Media Links To Showcase New IP Media Gateway
Media Links has announced that it will demonstrate its new MDP 3020 IP Media Gateway at NAB NY 2017, Booth N624, which takes place later this month. T
DPP Assess Media Industry's Fitness To Fight Cyber Crime
A new survey report, 'Are We Fit for Cyber War?' has been published by the Digital Production Partnership(DPP), as part of its Committed to Security P
IBC2017: At The Core Of Global Media And Digital Industry Trends
With its Digital Tech Hub, Qvest Media is encouraging the exchange of global trends between the media and broadcasting industry at this year's IBC Sho
Aspen Media at SoundPro 2017
Broadcast and Live audio distributor Aspen Media is showing for the first time in the UK the latest products from DirectOut and JLCooper at SoundPro i
Panasonic Collaborates With Berlin Phil Media
Panasonic has collaborated with Berlin Phil Media to construct new UHD-HDR production facility in the Berliner Philharmonie. As part of the collaborat
Qvest Media Develops Media Archive Infrastructure For France Télévisions
Qvest Media has developed and implemented a future-proof and centralized media archive infrastructure for France Télévisions. The world-leading system
Media Links to Present Case Study At IBC 2017
Media Links, a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award winner and the market leader in media over IP transport solutions has announced that John Dale II
Pixit Media Adds To Team
Pixit Media has announced the addition of Jamie Bean to its team. With more than 20 years' experience in the Media and Entertainment industry, Bean jo
Media Links To Sponsor SVG Europe Sports Production Summit
Media Links has confirmed that it is one of this year's sponsors of the Sports Video Group Europe (SVG) Sports Production Summit. The event takes plac
Liquid Media Hub Invests In PMC Speakers
Liquid Media Hub has installed a combination of speakers in all three of its audio production suites. The installation includes a combination of PMC t
Hambro Perks Appoints New CEO Of UK Media Division
London-based company builder, Hambro Perks, has appointed Kate Burns as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company's new UK media division. In her n
Quantum Leap In Media Storage
Imagine your media storage would provide you with all the tools you need on a daily basis to manage and maintain the system, such as a proper user and
Consumer Demand Requires A Revolution In The Media Supply Chain
The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) today published the findings from its latest event, Home Truths: Building the New Supply Chain. Part of the D