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.