Cash for new potters plan
POTTERY companies have met to discuss a £1.5 million bid to tackle the industry's chronic skills shortage.
Sentinel Business reported in July that partners including the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and the British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) were to ask the Government for cash to set up a national Ceramic Skills Academy in Stoke-on-Trent.
They have won outline funding of around £20,000 from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills to put a comprehensive bid together. Around 40 representatives met at the Potters Club in Stoke yesterday to hear more about the proposal and to submit their opinions.
BCC deputy chief executive Francis Morrall said: "This would be for all companies, large and small, and could be the biggest development in the sector in many years.
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"It is a chance for the industry to take its destiny in its hands, work together and tackle some long-standing issues like an ageing workforce and poor perceptions of the industry among young people."