Employers are calling on London Mayor Ken Livingstone to put the capital’s skills gaps at the top of his agenda.
National training organisations, the employer-run bodies responsible for identifying sector skills needs, want him to commit to working with them.
Skillset, the NTO for the broadcast, film and video sector, is calling for Livingstone to oversee the five learning and skills councils being set up in the capital to ensure they work together.
Of the 50,000 people working in broadcast, film and video 85 per cent work in the capital. The industry contributes £6bn a year to London's economy.
Skillset communications director Gary Townsend said, "There is a danger the learning and skills councils could be preoccupied with their own areas when the problem is London-wide.
"The mayor should co-ordinate the working of the councils to provide coherence."
NTO national council chairman Garry Hawkes said, "Without investment in the skills of the workforce, gaps which currently exist will become more widespread, making companies less competitive and threatening jobs."