The report, the third in a series of bulletins entitled Skills Shortages in the UK Economy, highlights how the rate of growth for both creative and STEM occupations is double the average across the economy, yet the number of school children taking GCSEs in creative and technical subjects has fallen dramatically.
- There will be additional 119,500 creative jobs by 2024
- GCSE entries in creative subjects has fallen by 20 per cent (77,000) since 2010
- Research by the Creative Industries Federation found 80 per cent of employers believe that skills shortages will increase in the next 3-5 years.
The introduction of the EBacc – which doesn’t include any creative or technical subjects – leaves many students with no space in their timetable for subjects such as Design and Technology, art, music or drama, despite these subjects being recognised as helping young people to develop the interpersonal, cognitive and systems skills which employers in the sector are demanding.