This project addressed skills shortages in the creative events sector by training an event-ready crew in a skills set defined by the SA industry. The project had outstanding training (89%) and employment outcomes (86%) with 67 people participating in three training intensives in Adelaide and Goolwa.
June 2010 – April 2012
The Skills for Creative Events SA program was funded by the SA Works Industry Partnership Program of DFEEST and addressed the primary skills shortage of the creative events sector, which was identified as having an event-ready crew.
The program was made up of three training intensives. Each intensive was aligned with the Adelaide events season and with the increased cultural activity and infrastructure generated by the Regional Centre of Culture in Goolwa. The three intensives provided training for sixty-seven individuals to diversify their skills base to help fill gaps in the creative events sector and to increase individual employment prospects. Training programs were individually tailored for each intensive to meet industry skills demands.
This project clearly filled a need, was highly valued by employers and provided the skills to enable participants to gain increased employment. The project has outstanding training completion rates (89%) and employment outcomes (86%). The mentoring and coaching strategy employed played a significant role in these outcomes. The Industry Skills Boards in the Northern Territory and Western Australia have both asked for details on the project because of similar issues within their regions and they see the Skills for Creative Events project as a leading initiative.
Innovation and Business Services Australia (IBSA) are now looking at including a festival and events skillset in the entertainment training package based on the training program SSSA designed and delivered. This skillset will be a pathway to further qualification for those who require skills development in this area.
For each training opportunity demand significantly outstripped supply, and there is strong evidence that this program is highly valued by participants, employers, and the sector as a whole. SSSA continues to receive enquiries from people wishing to undertake this training. However simply making funding available to RTOs will not achieve the desired outcomes. A critical component is an organisation with strong workforce development facilitation and management capability. The mentoring and coaching strategy we employed played a significant part in achieving the high rates of training completion and employment outcomes.
Intensives oo1 and oo2 trained 51 participants over five weeks, with 47 completing between one and twelve units of competency (92% completion rate) and 41 participants had positive employment outcomes (80% employment outcome).
As part of the three intensives thirteen Indigenous participants were trained for between two and three weeks, eleven completed between one and eight units (76% completion rate) and eight participants had positive employment outcomes (61% employment outcome).
The regionally based intensive trained sixteen participants over two weeks, all completed between one and eight units (100% completion rate) and fifteen participants had positive employment outcomes (88% employment outcome).
Megan Rainey – Arts Industry Project Consultant