SOLT launches major research study
Top theatre bodies have commissioned a major research project into training needs of the theatre and performing arts sector.
UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre (SOLT) have asked creative industries research consultancy Nordicity to carry out the project, working with Alistair Smith (Editor of The Stage). Their task will be to identify gaps in training and development for off-stage roles, including theatre management and technical skills, the need for skills in new technologies and career progression.
It will also look at how entry and development routes for people from black and minority ethnic groups and for disabled people can be improved, with a view to increasing diversity across the workforce.
UK Theatre and SOLT say the report, which is due to be published in January 2017, will help its work with Government and employers .
Julian Bird, chief executive of Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre said:
“We need to invest in our workforce now if we are to have the right skills and expertise in place for our industry to thrive ten or twenty years from now. This research will give us the evidence we need to work with employers, and government, to make sure this happens”.
The UK’s creative industries are growing at almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy, and are worth £84.1 billion a year. Government statistics show there are now 1.9 million jobs across the creative industries, including theatre and the performing arts, and since 2011 this figure has risen by nearly 20 per cent.