Skills for the creative industries

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Virtual conference on skills for the creative industries

UNEVOC e-Forum, 29 September to 10 October 2014

In the next edition of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s virtual conferences, we would like to discuss with you the role of skills in the creative industries. The virtual conference will be moderated by Paul Collard, CEO of Creativity, Culture and Education(CCE), an international foundation dedicated to unlocking the creativity of children and young people in and out of formal education, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

The conference will take place from 29 September to 10 October 2014 on UNESCO-UNEVOC’s e-Forum. You can sign up for the conference here.

UNESCO’s 2013 Creative Economy Report refers to jobs in the creative industries as "activities involving cultural creativity and/or innovation". The creative industries are recognized by UNESCO as a powerful source for "new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development."

Examples of jobs in the creative industries include crafts, design, fashion, film and video, TV and radio, music, performing arts, publishing, software, or computer games. On a global level it is estimated that between 2 to 8 percent of the workforce is engaged in jobs directly related to the creative economy. In the United Kingdom and France alone, the creative industries offer jobs for 1.3 and 1.2 million people respectively. The Creative Productivity Index recently published by the Asian Development Bank finds that low- and middle-income economies will benefit most from policies to increase creative inputs.

The virtual conference will address the following questions:

  • What are creative industries and what are the needs for skills?
  • How can we turn the expansion of creative economies into an advantage for TVET and, in turn, what can TVET and skills development do to support the growth of the creative sector?
  • What is the role of creativity in TVET?
  • What are the different vocational pathways to creative jobs?
  • What do we know about the creative industries and what do we still need to learn?
With this conference we aim to deepen our understanding of the creative industries in relation to vocational education and training, discuss challenges and opportunities in this sector, and identify good practices from across the globe.

UNESCO-UNEVOC is calling for e-Forum members and the global TVET community to share their experiences on skills in the creative industries. We are looking forward to hearing from you, whether you are a policy maker, researcher or practitioner. The contributions will be synthesized and summarized into a report that will provide directions for future research and programme work in this field.

Your active participation in the discussion would be most gratefully received and we strongly encourage you to circulate this announcement to your networks.

Read the background note
Skills for the creative Industries
(Paul Collard, CEO, Creativity, Culture and Education)
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Watch the introduction by Paul Collard

How does it work

Once you have signed up and the conference has started, you will receive an opening email by the moderator, Paul Collard. You can then reply to this message and will receive any contributions made by other conference participants. Note that all messages will be checked by UNESCO-UNEVOC before dissemination, so there may sometimes be delays, especially outside office hours (9am-5pm CET). For questions, please contact us at unevoc.e-forum(at)unesco.org

How to sign up

Please use the registration form to sign up for the conference. You will then be added to a conference mailing list and will receive all contributions via email. Note that if you do not wish to receive email notifications, you can also participate using the online interface by logging on with your UNEVOC account.

page date 2014-09-23

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