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28.07.2016

Final conference of the Creative Skills Europe project: final report available

 

The final conference of the Creative Skills Europe project took place on Monday 6 June 2016. Delegates and guest speakers gathered in Brussels to share their conclusions and launch the final report on ‘Trends and skills in the European audiovisual and live performance sectors’ at the conference.

The European Skills Council for employment and training in the Audiovisual and Live Performance sectors, is a joint project launched in 2014 by a partnership of European trade unions and employers’ organisations and piloted by social partners of the EU Social Dialogue Committees in the Audiovisual and Live Performance Sectors: EURO-MEI (media, entertainment and arts sector of UNI Europa), International Federation of Actors (FIA), International Federation of Musicians (FIM), European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Performing Arts Employers’ Associations League Europe (PEARLE), European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI).

The project partners have collected and shared sector labor market intelligence gathered from different EU countries with the aim to anticipate change and better prepare for the future. The project was also designed to promote peer learning and the exchange of best practice across EU borders. And, most importantly, it identified trends and skills to formulate recommendations for the sector.

Key recommendations are:

1. Collecting the right data for market intelligence

Sectoral stakeholders and policy makers need to access reliable and stable national data in order to monitor developments in the audiovisual and live performance markets. They have to understand the deeper trends, be better at anticipating future conditions, and then be capable of adapting the skills of the workforce accordingly. In addition, more detailed pan-European data must be collected, including on employment mobility (sectoral and transnational).

2. Setting up informed and sustainable sector platforms

Platforms should be set up, at national and EU levels, composed of the relevant representatives of sector stakeholders (employers, unions, national skills bodies, professional associations, education and training organisations) to develop analytical studies of the data gathered, and open up possibilities for practical decision-making that will respond to sectoral needs.

3. Responding to the digital shift

The new digital environment, with its constantly evolving technological advances, has operated a thorough transformation of the creative and cultural industry, affecting production and distribution channels, performances and publicity, and has also made content creation far more important. EU funding programmes and national funding policies must be made compatible with the needs of skills development in the audiovisual and live performance sectors, going well beyond basic ICT skills and recognizing the role of creative stakeholders in content creation and innovation.

We invite you to visit the project website creativeskillseurope.eu where you can download the full report or read the executive summary on trends and skills in the European audiovisual and live performance sectors.