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National College Creative Industries

Question for Department for Education

UIN 256933, tabled on 21 May 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the studio space occupied by the National College of Creative Industries (a) is hired out to commercial clients and (b) comprises an income-generating business.

Answered on

30 May 2019

The National College of Creative Industries (NCCI) has undertaken a structure and prospects appraisal to identify potential partners. Submission dates were set so that every prospective partner had the same opportunity: 5 working days to submit their expression of interest to the NCCI.

NCCI has 6 studio spaces which are shared between the learners and commercial clients on a timetable which enables training and work experience for the learners and a commercial space for the local community and commercial clients. The hire of studio spaces is part of the income that the college receives, along with the funding for students and the levy payments from employers for apprentices.

A process evaluation of the National College programme, including NCCI, is underway and is due to be published by the end of the year.

Data supplied by the college’s own records shows that all learners (167 learners over the last 12 months, although the breakdown data by month is not available) have undertaken work-based learning opportunities on commercial projects as an essential component of their qualifications. To clarify, the college is based in the Backstage Centre, which is a commercial production, rehearsal and training venue owned by the college.