So, what is at the core of this roadmap?
This roadmap lays out the various challenges and opportunities for the commercial creative sector in Ireland. It’s broken into different sections, with specific actions for each. Let’s dive in:
- People: Collaboration & Communication
The main ambition here is to develop an Industry Forum to facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and support with the communities.
- Education: skills & talent
The focus here is enabling new and different ways of learning and to embed creativity further into our communities. Beyond the current remit, there is an opportunity to integrate creative skills across other disciplines in further and higher education (e.g. in areas of science, technology and engineering). This will take the form of apprenticeships and other further learning initiatives.
- Enterprise supports
This focuses on growing digital games and content creation and employment through targeted support. This may look like identifying future opportunities and growth markets, ensuring continuing professional development for existing specialists, giving clarity on eligibility for both financial and non-financial support from Enterprise Ireland and all Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) to grow and export.
- Innovation & knowledge creation
The focus here is on promoting the range of LEO innovation initiatives to the targeted creative industry sectors, along with signposting relevant Enterprise Ireland schemes for microenterprises or SMEs in innovation, innovation funding, innovation partnerships and commercialisation.
- Creative Spaces
The importance of creative cities is well recognised and a 2019 EU study of 190 creative cities scores Irish cities very favourably in the rankings, particularly in relation to cultural vibrancy and the enabling environment. However, Ireland’s cities did not fare as well in the assessment of the creative economy when creative employment, patent applications and design applications were taken into account.
The ambition is to look at various options and opportunities to create physical spaces for the development of the design, digital games and content creation industries. This may be done through working with Regional Enterprise Plans, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the WDC.
- Ireland as an International Marketplace- Attracting Talent, Trade, and Investment
Research has shown various barriers to exporting and so Ireland’s National SME and Entrepreneurship Growth Plan commits to the development of sector-specific networks for data gathering, shared learning and mentoring for exporting. The UK has a dedicated export strategy for the creative industries and it’s now understood that a similar initiative for Irelnd would be welcomed, particularly in the context of Brexit.
All of this would also support vital talent attraction and create opportunities which could encourage Irish talent, working abroad, to return home to work in Irish industry.
This is a comprehensive document, pulling together relevant and research information to build towards a proactive plan for the digital creative industry in Ireland. To recap on the outlined plan, the ambition is to:
- Take the learnings and proposed actions from within this roadmap.
- Establish a Digital Creative Industries Forum.
- This Forum will be co-chaired by senior Government officials from DTCAGSM and DETE.
- The progress of the Roadmap will be overseen by an Implementation Group. It will also include DFHERIS, DRCD and Enterprise Ireland, along with the relevant State agencies.
- The Implementation Group and Forum will meet quarterly with additional work undertaken on an ongoing basis on specific issues, which will then feed into the work of the Forum.
- It will be a task of the Implementation Group to report to Government on the progress on the implementation of the Roadmap, and review progress on an annual basis to ensure the work plan for the Forum remains up to date.
It is a mammoth ambition to undertake, and one which will need cooperation and collaboration from many different organisations and bodies but the overarching goals are clear. Ireland has a wealth of talent and ambition and there is huge scope for further development and growth if we can harness the potential of the digital creative industries sector.
To read the roadmap document in full, please see here: https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/app/uploads/2024/01/CI_Creative_Industries_Roadmap_23_Screen_AW-3.pdf
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