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Priming recruits for screen industry action

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March 16, 2022

Creatives yearning to make their mark in the screen industry will now be able to take a huge leap forward, thanks to a new Screen Industry On-Boarding Initiative.

After identifying an entry workforce problem within the high growth film and content production sector, TAFE Queensland and City of Gold Coast have partnered to create the course.

The industry-responsive course is designed around the foundation knowledge requirements for film production. The key pillars of a production – pre-production, shoot, post production; is a core focus and includes direction on how to work with each department, how to conduct yourself and how to operate safely.

Perhaps the most exciting part for students will be the presentations and learning opportunities facilitated by industry experts, who bring decades of experience into the classroom to assist real-world learning objectives.

The initiative comes on the back of number of high-profile streaming series’ and blockbuster movies created on the Gold Coast in the last few years.

Mayor Tom Tate said the screen industry contributes $590Million annually to the local economy and creates 8,000 direct and indirect jobs per year.

“The Gold Coast screen industry continues to go from strength to strength, making us one of the world leaders in supporting international and local productions.”

“We have a successful history working with established film studios and TV networks, and we are seeing an extraordinary lift in content demand globally with streaming services like Netflix.”

“Training is essential to ensure the Coast is well equipped with the most skilled screen industry professionals, creating local jobs and meeting this growing demand,” said Mayor Tate.

General Manager of TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson said working with City of Gold Coast and in consultation with film industry experts it became clear there is an entry workforce problem that needs a solution.

“In conversations, there has been consistent feedback from the industry regarding new recruits not having a base knowledge of how it practically and realistically works on the set. While we have training for the sector, we need to assist those wanting to enter the sector’s workforce by providing real world experience through this program.”

“Base knowledge is essential to hit the ground running when you are starting out in the screen industry. It’s a unique and dynamic environment which is team oriented, draws on skills from many sectors and is time intensive.”

This course will be delivered March 21 – 26, 2022, at TAFE Coomera Creative Campus and will be the first of 4 courses planned for the year.