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England’s Northwest gets boost

$5.4 million to be invested in training

LONDON — England’s Northwest region has received a hefty $5.4 million (£2.8 million) cash injection over the next two years to boost media skills development in the area.

The project is funded by the North West Development Agency following a joint proposal from North West Vision and Media, the regional screen agency, and Skillset, the skills council for the creative media industries.

The coin will go toward training employees and managers of small and medium-sized creative media businesses, professional freelancers and industry entrants (who have two years experience). Under the scheme, mentoring, apprenticeships, specialist skills workshops and short courses will be on offer.

“This funding is targeting existing and future skill needs and demonstrates eloquently how a partnership between industry, public sector and training provision can increase competitiveness and productivity — a skills agreement for our industries working in the Northwest,” Dinah Caine, chief executive of Skillset said.

RSA Northwest Vision funded “Of Time and the City,” Terence Davies’ microbudget documentary about Liverpool that gets a Special Screening at Cannes. Doc was made as part of the celebrations for Liverpool’s status as 2008 European Capital of Culture.

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