Oliver yesterday responded to the launch of the Government’s industrial strategy green paper by seeking assurances in Parliament that the new strategy would support the creative industries which form a vital part of the local economy.
It follows on from a visit last Friday to Elstree University Technical College to see first-hand the work of the students and teachers at the specialist multimedia and technical arts school. The UTC has very strong links with local film and TV studios and helps to train students in the skills needed by the industry.
Speaking yesterday, Oliver said: ‘The creative industries are a bedrock of our local economy. It is one of the few sectors that grew during the last recession. Recent hits such as Netflix’s the Crown demonstrate the local film and TV industry’s capacity to create investment, jobs and exports.
‘It is vital to the future of the industry that they have a skilled workforce. As I saw first-hand, Elstree UTC are working to ensure we have talented people with these technical skills supporting our world class creative industries here in Hertsmere.
‘I enjoyed the chance to speak with many of the students and staff and see for myself the fascinating work they are doing.’
The visit came ahead of Oliver’s contribution to the House of Commons discussion on the Government’s new industrial strategy where he took the chance to raise with the Business Secretary importance of supporting Britain’s creative industries.
Oliver said: ‘I was keen to ensure that the Government’s new industrial strategy extends to the creative industries which are so important locally. I highlighted the need for the right skills and commercial space. The film, TV and video gaming industries have tremendous potential to create high skilled in the area and I was glad to hear the Business Secretary’s reassurance of Government’s commitment.’