WAG: A £4.5m training boost to ensure people in the Creative Industries have the skills to build a dynamic, enterprising sector has been announced. Skillset Cymru, the Welsh arm of Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Media industries, will lead Skills in the Digital Economy to address the skills needs of the Creative Media Industry across West Wales and the Valleys over the next 4 years.
Skills in the Digital Economy will carry out research to identify current & future skills needs for the sector in the target region, in order to develop & deliver relevant training and help individuals develop new skills to sustain their existing employment or to seek new employment.
BIS: David Willetts, Minister for Universities & Science, has announced £7.2m of investment that could revolutionise the internet. The 6-year ‘Photonics HyperHighway’ project will bring together world-leading scientists to pioneer new technologies that could make broadband internet 100 times faster.
The project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will look at the way fibre optics are used and develop new materials & devices to increase internet bandwidth. This will ensure that the web can cope with more broadband subscribers and the increasing use of services such as internet television and music downloads.