Report on BG, GR, RO, UK
The results of this very interesting and useful study, realized in 2019, show that the creative industry can function as a sustainable, smart and inclusive growth factor for European regions. Despite the fact that the sector has been hit hard by the crisis, mainly due to the reduction of private and public spending on cultural products, many of its companies have shown great resilience and flexibility by adopting innovative solutions.
The main trends in the creative industry are also highlighted. It seems that small and self-employed companies tend to prevail, at the same time cooperatives have emerged, while finally the majority of professionals and the self-employed were looking for new forms of financing.
The changes that exist in the creative industry sector make it imperative to acquire horizontal business and digital skills from the professionals and the people who work in it. Another point that emerges is that the professionals in the field are mainly young, highly trained, but low paid. The majority of professionals acquire the necessary skills mainly in working conditions and not during the educational process. In terms of training and education methods, it seems that although the new electronic distance learning methods are gaining ground, the traditional teaching methods are still the first in preference.
Among the most important proposals that emerge from the study are the need for strategic targeting and funding of European sectors at national and European level as well as the link between education / training and work-based learning through financial incentives for employers. It also appears that the creation of cooperatives should be encouraged and collaborative spaces should be created. Finally, it is necessary to make a detailed inventory of the creative and cultural sectors within the European Union, as the field is still largely vague.
Based on the report developed by IME GSEVEE within the framework of Live Skills Project (P.N: 575425–EPP-1-2016-1-UKEPPKA2-SSA), funded by Erasmus + Progamme, EACEA with support from the European Commission.