Record graduate numbers fail to fill media skills gapOn 29 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Almost 100,000 students on 5,000 media courses will graduate this summer inthe UK, but according to industry experts the British film and TV industry isstill suffering from a skills shortage. Employers from the industry, meeting with education and training bodies atthe Training Insight Conference in Birmingham, all agreed that the sectors hadto work more closely to close the gap ‘between aspiration and reality’. The conference followed a 2003 report by Screen West Midlands and the WestMidlands Learning and Skills Council, which found fears of “a glut ofunder-equipped media graduates who were not directly employable in theindustry”. Krysia Rozanska, chief executive of Screen West Midlands, said the sectorhad to have more communication with institutions and tell them what is going onin the industry. Will Hanrahan, managing director of Hanrahan Media, was highly critical, andsaid that many media students lacked the ability to think strategically. Headded that he didn’t “want to have to teach people how to walk when theycome out from colleges”. Catherine Conn, training manager for video games developer Codemasters,said: “You are having to re-educate lots of people, especially [those from]media courses. It’s all about the basicsÉ in terms of people not being preparedfor work in any way, shape or form.” Following the conference, three working groups will be formed to identifyemployers’ skills needs, to help create closer links between educators andemployers, and to look at how institutions can create education networks tomaximise resources. The groups will steer the strategy of ‘clusters’ of creative agencies,employers, and learning providers created by the West Midlands Learning andSkills Council (LSC). As a result, the LSC plans to release a strategy for the industry inSeptember this year. By Michael Millar Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.