In August 2021, Screenworks, Netflix, and the NSW Government announced an exciting new initiative that will provide free training for up-and-coming creatives looking to make their start in the screen industry.

Delivered by Screenworks, backed by an investment of $500,000 from Netflix, and supported by the NSW Government, the Program will also provide placements and work experience on real productions with the goal of creating new career pathways in the field for regional people.

Over the next 3 years, this new initiative will start as a pilot in Northern New South Wales, with the aim to scale the program across regional Australia. The program will provide career pathways in the screen industry for regional people, in addition to directly addressing crewing skill gaps that have been identified in the industry. Diversity and inclusion will be a key focus area for this program.

The Regional Crew Development Program will directly address crewing skills gaps that have been identified in the region including for roles such as camera and light department, production accountants and location managers.  It 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.

Program Components

This program will have three components that will be tailored to identify and directly address existing and future skills gaps and crew shortages in the region.

Regional Crew Development Traineeships

A pilot traineeship initiative to provide new career pathways in the screen industry for young people living in Northern NSW.

  • 12 month fully paid and contracted entry-level trainee employment which will include Certificate III in Screen & Media qualifications and placements on productions.
  • Each traineeship will be targeted to address skills gaps being experienced both locally in Northern NSW and identified crew shortages across Australia.
  • A minimum of 8 traineeships will be delivered over 3 years (4 + 2 + 2).

Regional Crew Development Targeted Skill Set Training

A short-form skill set training program will be delivered in partnership with the NSW Department of Training to facilitate transition into the screen industry for workers with transferable skills.

  • Training will address identified existing skills gaps in the local screen industry and opportunities linked to in-bound productions.
  • Opportunity to partner with LinkedIn’s Economic Graph on a skills gap identification and screen industry adjacent skills mapping exercise.
  • Will be delivered to a minimum of 50 candidates over the next 3 years.

Locations and Crew Referral Services

Funding of Screenworks’ existing locations and crew referral services in order to increase the number of local practitioners being employed on productions taking place in the Northern New South Wales region

  • Focus on the development and expansion of existing referral services to address increased production needs in Northern NSW.
  • Future options will be explored to further scale the referral services across regional Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When can I apply for a traineeship?

When can I apply for a traineeship?

We will open applications for the traineeships from October of this year and it will be a competitive process. The traineeships will start in February 2022. People in the Northern NSW region interested in the traineeships or skill set training should sign up to the Screenworks newsletter and follow Screenworks on Facebook and Instagram to be across any announcements.

When will the traineeships take place?

When will the traineeships take place?

The first lot of traineeships will commence at the start of the TAFE academic year in February 2022 and run for 12 months.

Will the traineeship provide me with a qualification?

Will the traineeship provide me with a qualification?

Yes, a Cert III in Screen & Media

Is there any eligibility criteria for the traineeships?

Is there any eligibility criteria for the traineeships?

Applications will be competitive and full terms and conditions will be available when registrations open up in October 2021.  If you have completed or are part way through a Cert III in Screen and Media at TAFE at the time of application, you will be ineligible to apply for a traineeship. Similarly, having a Cert IV, Diploma of Advanced Diploma counts you out of being able to be funded to do a Cert III.

How many places are available for the traineeships?

How many places are available for the traineeships?

A minimum of 8 traineeships will be delivered over 3 years. 4 in the first year (2022) followed by 2 in the second (2023) and a final 2 in the third (2024).

What area of the screen industry will the traineeships and targeted skill set training focus on?

What area of the screen industry will the traineeships and targeted skill set training focus on?

All opportunities will be targeted to address the skills gaps being experienced both locally in Northern NSW and identified crew shortages across Australia. We are currently working with TAFE and industry mentors to finalise the skills areas that this pilot program will focus on and will announce them through our communication channels.

When will the targeted skill set training commence?

When will the targeted skill set training commence?

We expect to announce the program of workshops by discipline from November 2021 including how people can apply to attend them. This will be dependent on COVID-19 restrictions being eased sufficiently to allow us to run the training face-to-face. We expect that the skill set training will commence in 2022.

How do I apply for a place in the targeted skill set training workshop?

How do I apply for a place in the targeted skill set training workshop?

People in the Northern NSW region interested in skill set training should sign up to the Screenworks newsletter and follow Screenworks on Facebook and Instagram to be across any announcements. 

Can people outside of the Northern Rivers region apply?

Can people outside of the Northern Rivers region apply?

This program will start as a pilot in the Northern New South Wales region, with the aim of scaling the program throughout regional Australia.

I work for a production company and am interested in taking on trainees. How can I get involved?

I work for a production company and am interested in taking on trainees. How can I get involved?

Production companies and heads of departments interested in taking on trainee placements in 2022, can contact Screenworks via email trainees@screenworks.com.au.

I’d love to get involved as a mentor, who should I contact?

I’d love to get involved as a mentor, who should I contact?

We would love for you to contact Screenworks via email trainees@screenworks.com.au

How can I make myself visible as a crew or locations service in Northern NSW?

How can I make myself visible as a crew or locations service in Northern NSW?

We strongly encourage any person with screen credits who resides in the Northern NSW region to go online and complete their professional listing in our crew database VIA THIS LINK.

It’s free to list and is an invaluable resource for all visiting local, interstate and international productions who are actively looking to film in our region – as well as for any local skilled crew who are looking for work.

How can I find out more information about the Regional Crew Development Workshop Program?

How can I find out more information about the Regional Crew Development Workshop Program?

Please ensure that you have signed up to the Screenworks newsletter and followed Screenworks on Facebook and Instagram to be across any announcements. You can also email our team at trainees@screenworks.com.au and you will be put on our mailing list.

What you can do now:

People in Northern NSW interested in the traineeships or skill set training should subscribe to our newsletter or better yet, BECOME A MEMBER and be part of a growing community of screen practitioners in Regional Australia.

Screenworks is also currently advertising for a Projects Assistant to work on the Program.

Production companies and heads of departments interested in taking on trainee placements in 2022, can contact Screenworks via email.

The Regional Crew Development Program is being delivered by Screenworks in partnership with Netflix.

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