Employment in the creative industries sector in the UK is growing at four times the rate of the UK workforce, according to statistics from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The creative industries section at Coleg Sir Gâr recognises that the sector is a growth area and that industry links are an essential part of all creative industries programmes.
Students recently received a visit from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), which substantiated that students finding employment after their studies was at an all-time high.
Ian Evans, head of stage management and technical theatre at RWCMD talked to students about his 100 per cent study-to-employment rate as a result of the range of growing opportunities in the industry. These include former students who boast some of the most desirable careers in the industry such as those who have progressed to global careers running productions such as Warhorse to those who are working as stage managers for Wicked The Musical and those who are working with the likes of Beyonce on her world tour.
Statistics from DCMS also show that employment in the UK creative economy rose by 5.1 per cent in 2015 from 2.9m and specifically within creative industries, the number of jobs rose by 3.2 per cent to 1.9m and to compare, average UK employment rose by only 2 per cent.
For those thinking about a career in creative industries, from working behind the scenes to performance roles, have the opportunity of employment in set design, lighting, theatre, automation and rigging, TV and film. Audio-visual work is growing at a considerable rate as more demand for video is arising from theatre companies, the music industry and TV shows.
Pinewood Studios, a leading provider of services to the global film and television industry has also opened its Pinewood Studios Wales facility in Cardiff in partnership with the Welsh Government, which is a positive move for the TV and film industry in Wales.
Creative industries at Coleg Sir Gâr is highly supported by industry partners. Courses include creative media production, music technology, production arts, dance, performing arts and drama.
A significant leaning towards working with external partners is a strong and established practice at the college in all areas including performance programmes.
Sarah Hopkins, head of creative industries at Coleg Sir Gâr said: “This is an exuberant time to be training in all aspects of creative industries and we’re delighted to be offering industry-standard and industry focussed training for those who want to progress to university or into employment.”