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BBC and Skillset set framework for collaboration on skills

9 July 2007

The BBC and Skillset today signed a Memorandum Of Understanding to promote education and learning across the creative media industry in order to stimulate creativity and cultural excellence.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has evolved from the BBC's Charter and Agreement which came into effect on 1st January this year, and Skillset's Television Skills Strategy, announced in July 2006. The Charter outlines the BBC's training responsibilities to the wider industry and the need to further develop strategic partnerships to implement these objectives.

The mutual framework outlined in the MOU enables Skillset, as the Sector Skills Council, to support the BBC in developing skills across the UK and at every level to ensure that the industry remains creative, productive and globally competitive.

The two parties will work on joint action plans across training in television, radio and interactive skills. In addition, they will continue to develop and work on film training initiatives developed by Skillset in partnership with the UK Film Council and in support of the BBC's MOUs with the UK Film Council as well as the 14-19 Creative and Media Diploma and the Olympics skills and education legacy.

Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General: "The BBC is committed to supporting high quality training for the BBC and the UK media sector. We need to make sure that we have a skilled workforce fit for the digital on-demand future. Working in partnership with outside organisations such as Skillset is vital to ensure we deliver effective support for the UK's creative economy."

Dinah Caine, CEO of Skillset: "We welcome this initiative which recognises our working relationship with the BBC in developing sector specific and national and regional action plans to enrich creativity in all its forms and to support a diverse UK production base. This joint commitment to build a strong partnership in knowledge and skills of this dynamic workforce will contribute to improving the overall skills levels of the UK's creative media industries."

This collaboration enables Skillset and the BBC to share objectives and activities to support the promotion of media literacy in society and of diversity within the workforce. The two parties will also work closely to develop both skills and businesses in the North of England to link with development of Media City and the moving of some key BBC departments to Salford in 2011.

The BBC is the largest single contributor to Skillset and there will be senior BBC representation on the Skillset Board. The Memorandum of Understanding will be reviewed annually by the BBC and Skillset.

The full Memorandum of Understanding agreement can be viewed here:

Adobe Acrobat DocumentSkillset/BBC Memorandum of Understanding

For further information contact: Tel: 020 7713 9812

Notes to Editors

The BBC and Skillset will also work towards achieving a common understanding and partnership agreements on a number of cross cutting skills issues including:

  • 14-19 Diploma
  • Standards and Qualifications
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Further and Higher Education (including accredited courses and Skillset Academy Network)
  • Occupational Priority Areas, (for example, Journalism, Broadcast Technology and Design)
  • Olympics (Skills and Education legacy)
  • Communications (in relation to Training, Development and Skills).

Skillset is the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Media Industries covering Broadcast, Film, Video, Interactive Media and Photo Imaging. Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are licensed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills and by Ministers in the devolved administrations to tackle the skills and productivity challenge by sector. SSCs are independent, UK wide organisations developed by groups of influential employers in industry or business sectors of economic or strategic significance. SSCs are employer-led and actively involve trade unions, professional bodies and other stakeholders in the sector.

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