The Creative Industries are set to be strengthened in West Wales and the Valleys with a landmark investment of £4.5m in skills and training thanks to support from the European Social Fund (ESF).
With £2.7m of the total contributed by the EU, “Skills in the Digital Economy” is designed to assist workers and businesses to keep up with new technology and develop a skills base to meet the needs of employers and freelancers.
Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, welcomed the announcement made today that the project will go ahead with the Welsh Assembly Government, S4C, the trade association for independent producers in film and television in Wales, Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC) and Skillset Cymru working in partnership.
Mr Vaughan said:
"Creative industries in Wales provide an important element of the Welsh economy and we have a wealth of talent in West Wales and the Valleys that will be developed in the longer term from the investment.
With the expanding level of opportunities resulting from digital technologies we need to have more people with relevant and appropriate qualifications and employers who are able to take the sector forward.
This funding will also bring significant economic, social and cultural benefits to local communities."