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Skillset welcome ITC sector training priority

The ITC review of the Programme Supply market in British broadcasting has recommended that Ofcom be granted powers to strengthen commitment to training across the sector.
The review proposes that, working with Skillset, the sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual industries, Ofcom develop common definitions for training, and monitor and publish activity across the industry. It also highlights the need to improve training for freelancers and smaller independent producers.
Skillset Patron Lord Puttnam said: “We are pleased this review recognises that if the Communications Bill is to have a positive effect on the growth and profitability of the broadcasting industry, at its heart must be an explicit commitment to skills.
“Skillset already have a successful track record of working with the broadcast industry to improve the skills base, but the continuing support of all employers, of all sizes, is needed to maintain standards that can compete in the international marketplace.”
The review was commissioned to examine concerns raised by the Joint Scrutiny Committee on the draft Communications Bill and was published in advance of the second reading of the Bill, which is expected shortly.

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