SKILLS FOR AN INCLUSIVE CREATIVE ECONOMY
The cultural sector
An employment sector
The cultural sector represents 2,6 % du PIB and 2,5 % of the active EU-25 population, with a growth rate higher than 12,3 % in comparison to the general growth of economy (2003). As a knowledge-intensive sector, it implies a strong proportion of creative activities, underlies innovative services and products and proves to be strongly linked to the ICT (new production methods, online contents..).
A catalyst for the development of employability
Arts favours the development of new skills (creativity, ability to deal with complexity, multiculturality…) and capacities (mobility, cognitivity, etc.) closely related to the employability in a knowledge-based economy.
A twofold challenge
For this sector in terms of human capital: on one hand, accompanying the sector taking into account its specific needs in terms of workforce and employability, and, on the other hand, strenghthen its potential regarding the employability in a knowledge-based economy. Indeed its potential is unequally taken into account in European regions and states.
Moreover, even when it is taken into account, the attention is more centered on the development of the entrepreneurship than on human capital, and its impact in terms of employability rarely integrated. It is therefore necessary to develop awareness regarding the cultural sector as a full economic sector, to taking this sector into account in an equal way in the development strategies and policies of local authorities, to decrease disparities between eu regions regarding the development of human capital and to open up approaches regarding its effect as a catalyst regarding employability.