Creative Skills Consortium drives
better business in Cornish arts scene
An Objective One project to develop the skills of people
working within the creative industries in Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has proved to be of such great value to local
arts businesses that it has been extended for a further year.
Objective One is investing a further £286,000 towards
the £762,052 Creative Skills Consortium project, which
aims to help more than 600 companies and individuals in the
region's flourishing arts scene over the next year. The project
increases the level of skills and adaptability of those already
working within, and looking to join, the vibrant Creative
Phase One of the project, in which Objective One invested
£330,000, finished in December 2002 and assisted 540
people from a wide range of arts based professions, including
performers, arts administrators, musicians and applied artists,
as well as writers and photographers. The second phase of
the project will build on this, providing advice, training
and mentoring to those working in the crafts, film and media
Since January, phase two of the project has already provided
advice and guidance to 147 individuals.
Being demand driven and responsive to the business development
needs of the region's creative industries, the Creative Skills
Consortium provides a first point of contact for existing
and potential practitioners in the sector. From an initial
interview to establish an individual's training needs, a path
of professional development can be set up thanks to the project's
skills development fund. Mentoring, work shadowing, research
visits, collaborative projects or attendance at training events
both inside and outside Cornwall are many of the ways in which
the project's skills fund has been used to support professional
In response to demands from the creative sector that were
identified in phase one, the Consortium is now able to provide
group bursaries which enable arts professionals to create
their own collaborative learning projects.
Also new for phase two of the project, is a separately managed
media skills fund, match-funded by South West Screen, which
will provide applicants from the media sector with access
to skills training.
Objective One has also enabled the Creative Skills team to
take on a full-time business support officer to provide specialised
advice to self employed individuals and small companies. A
series of business seminars aimed at small businesses within
the Creative Industries, with particular emphasis on the skills
needed by start-ups, is an important feature of the range
of services that the project has to offer.
A business mentoring service for arts organisations, delivered
by the consultants Perfect Moment, will also continue to be
offered following its success during phase one. This mentoring
represents another aspect of the programme that is tailored
to individual needs.
One arts organisation that has already benefited from phase
one of the project and hopes to receive further assistance
from the scheme is the Miracle Theatre Company. Explaining
the value of the support received, Annie Ukleja, General Manager
at Miracle said: "Last year the mentoring scheme proved
to be of immense value to Miracle. Members of our management
committee worked with Perfect Moment on the development of
a three-year business plan, which was an essential requirement
of the Arts Council England revenue funding and an extremely
useful exercise for the Company. This year we have already
put in an application for a company-wide project to develop
"As well as the development of the 3-year business plan,
individual members of the company have also benefited from
the training needs analysis service. I have undertaken external
courses in booking tours and arts sponsorship as well as Creative
Skills courses in fundraising, presentation skills and press
relations, all of which will prove to be valuable tools in
securing a future for the Company.
Objective One Programme Director Carleen Kelemen said the
project was an example of how Objective One investment is
being used to cultivate the Creative Industries sector in
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and to build better businesses.
She said: "We are committed to investing in projects
like this as we recognise the importance of giving Cornish
businesses the tools and support to flourish in Cornwall and
the Isles of Scilly today and into the future.
"The Creative Skills Consortium has already performed
an important role in increasing the level of skills and adaptability
of the creative industry's workforce, and we hope that the
project will continue to make a real difference to the businesses
which make up Cornwall's unique and vibrant arts scene.
The Objective One European Social Fund, (ESF) has invested
£286,673 with £192,000 coming from the public
sector and £283,379 of private sector contribution,
adding up to a total project cost of £762,052.
The project has 20 arts organisations as partners, including
Arts Council England South West, Truro College, Dartington
College of Arts, Falmouth College of Arts and Tate St Ives.
It is also a partner in Matrix and Creative People, the regional
and national projects established to encourage a more structured
approach to training and continuing professional development
for those working in the Creative Industries.
European Social Fund (ESF)
The ESF is helping develop employment by promoting employability,
the business spirit and equal opportunities and investing
in human resources.
For further information contact:
Creative Skills Consortium
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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