Transforming the National College Creative Industries

Transforming the National College Creative Industries

We have now completed a formal consultation on a proposal to transform the National College Creative Industries through the creation of a new partnership with Access to Music (now operating as Access Creative College) and South Essex College.

The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK economy. In 2017, the sector contributed £101.5bn to the economy, an increase of 53.1% since 2010. There are more than 2 million jobs in the creative industries and more than 284,000 businesses in the sector.

UK labour market projections show that the rate of growth for both creative and STEM occupations will be more than double the average job growth across the whole UK economy between now and 2024.

Created by employers, the National College Creative Industries (NCCI) is excited to be leading a move from a single, small college base to an innovative partnership of a large regional further education college (South Essex College) and a national provider of specialist creative industries training (Access Creative College). We are moving to an alternative, tried-and-tested National College model which will create the opportunity for the National College to grow and extend its reach, and to develop its capacity to truly deliver the skills required by the sector on a national basis.

Responses to the Statutory Consultation

Eight written responses were received to the statutory consultation on the proposal to transform the National College Creative Industries through the creation of a new joint partnership.

Six responses received were in support of the proposal, there was one ‘no’ response and one ‘unsure’ response. The responses found the proposal to be ‘a positive move’ and ‘excellent news in extending the reach and coverage of apprenticeships nationally’.  They welcomed how working ‘with established training providers in the sector allows the College to develop a national offer and bring its brand and its partnership to a new audience’ while recognising that ‘NCCI has a crucial role in ensuring the unique requirements of employers in the creative sector.’

Of those two responses that were unsure or not in favour of the proposal, it should be noted that there was support for one of the partners in each response. The concerns raised centred round retaining the employer-focus so that the new venture “will retain the founding commitment to listen to employers”, and whether one of the partners had sufficient expertise in providing apprenticeships.

Outcome of the Consultation

Further to the consultation and consideration by the NCCI Board, the National College Creative Industries has resolved to go ahead with the proposal, subject to Department for Education approval.

Next Steps

Subject to the above approvals, all parties are working towards a launch date of 1 February 2020, and are progressing plans to implement the re-launch.


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