8. The need for an education policy to deliver the skills the creative industries need Since the Federationâ€™s launch, education has been a cornerstone of our work and we have been at the forefront of campaigning for a broader curriculum including the creative subjects our sector needs. Long-standing skills shortages in the creative industries stem from inadequate training and provision at schools in this country compounded by the ever-greater need for talent in a growing sector. As set out above, we believe Brexit will compound this problem and that it is time for the government to redress the mismatch between education policy and what industry needs. It is crucial that education and training policy is formulated with a proper understanding of the needs of industry. i) Apprenticeships Apprenticeships are of increasing importance to the creative industries. The government is working to increase their number, introducing a levy on businesses with a pay bill over ÂŁ3m
from 2017 in order to fund them. The specificities of the creative industries (structure, type of employment, skills requirements) must be taken into account to maximise potential, including in the development of standards - specifications written for each apprenticeship role on offer. Otherwise, it is possible that the levy will take funds from the creative industries, while delivering limited benefit to the sector. In order to combat this danger, the Federation and CIC members ask that industry takes the lead in identifying the training its workers require. Businesses eligible to pay the levy, but without the resources to train apprentices themselves, must also be able to access Apprenticeship Training Agencies who may do so on their behalf - this is not accommodated in current proposals. We also ask that the new levy is aligned with existing voluntary levies in the screen industries. ii) EBacc There is also a widespread view in the creative industries and in education that the EBacc should be dropped or the range of subjects amended. We acknowledge the government believes that the EBacc delivers a sound traditional curriculum, but the Federation believes it is not appropriate to make it the headline attainment measure for 90% of pupils.