In a newly formed partnership between Netflix, Screenworks and the NSW Government, free training for emerging creatives in the screen industry will be provided to help make their start. With a financial backing of $500,000 from Netflix, Screenworks will provide a program which includes placements and work experience on real productions to create career pathways for regional Australians.
Screenworks Chief Executive Ken Crouch said, “We’re very excited by the opportunity to deliver this pilot targeted skills program in Northern New South Wales.”
“We anticipate this initial three-year pilot project will be a springboard for rolling out similar programs across regional Australia.”
Netflix Director of Studio & Production Affairs, APAC, Deb Richards, said the investment was part of Netflix’s ongoing efforts to support the growth of the local screen industry. “We’ve entered into this new partnership to ensure people in regional Australia, particularly those from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds, can share the benefit of the increasing production activity and employment opportunities, and to ensure a positive impact in their communities for many years to come,” Ms Richards said.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the Regional Crew Development Program will offer fully-subsidised and tailored traineeships in a Certificate III in Screen & Media, hands-on workshops with industry and part- qualifications in specialised skillsets funded under NSW JobTrainer.
The Program will be comprised of 3 main components:
- Regional Crew Development Traineeships
- Regional Crew Development Targeted Skill Set Training
- Locations and Crew Referral Services
Production companies and heads of departments interested in taking on trainee placements in 2022, can contact Screenworks via email email@example.com. People in the Northern NSW region interested in the traineeships or skill set training should sign up to the Screenworks newsletter.