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Arts: Further Education

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has commissioned research on the extent to which further education institutions are equipping students with the skills needed to help them make a contribution to the creative economy. (227186)

My Department has not commissioned any direct research in to the extent to which further education institutions are equipping students with the skills they need to help them make a contribution to the creative economy.

However, in order to meet commitment 4 of Creative Britain: New talents for the New Economy, my Department has commissioned research into the landscape of employer engagement in higher education subjects closely related to the creative industries. The findings of this research, due to report in summer 2009, will be used to demonstrate how to forge stronger links between higher education institutions, further education colleges, creative professionals, the creative and cultural industries and the wider community.