Government college for the creative industries

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HIGHBURY College is to play a key role in a new government-backed college.

The National College for the Creative and Cultural industries was announced by the Business Secretary Vince Cable MP.

It is to be established at the Backstage Centre, High Production house, opening in September 2016. Highbury College, based in Cosham, is part of the leadership group steering the new college.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: ‘The talent which brings plays, operas, and films to life on screen and stage is the driving force behind our world-leading creative sector.

‘UK creative industries generate £71bn in revenue each year and support 1.71 million jobs. It’s not something we’re just good at - we are the best in the world. We must continue to invest in the next generation of talent.

‘That is why I am proud to announce the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries, which will train the technicians to support our country’s next award winning directors, musicians and actors.’