Live production skills shortage on the way to being solved

ACFIPS was delighted to host a break-through meeting in early September to look at setting up a pilot for a Live Production traineeship program. The meeting brought together TAFE NSW, employers and ArtsReady, a Group Training Organisation.

TAFE NSW and ArtsReady said they were keen to work closely with employers to ensure that training package units match the needs of the workplace environment. With the recent opening of the new International Convention Centre, ICC Sydney and an increase in events at the Sydney Recital Hall and other venues there has been a shortage of skilled live production technicians.

ACFIPS Chair Tim Cramsie said that the situation will not improve without action being taken now. ‘We have more hotels being built, the NSW Government is promoting Sydney as an events centre and there are also major plans for Parramatta to become a cultural centre. What is needed is a trainee program that will provide on-the-job training, mentoring and support for skilled live production technicians.’

The shortage of live production technicians is not just a Sydney problem as many regions have active festival and cultural programs that require skilled technicians as well.

‚ÄčTim Cramsie was pleased with the outcome of the meeting. ‘We have an action plan and commitment from employers to take on trainees. It is a great start and once the pilot is completed there is no reason not to roll out to regions.’