Training lifts hopes for career in the arts
WORKERS dreaming of a career in the arts are getting the leg-up they need through a special traineeship developed to overcome skill shortages in administration.
The program – EnCompass: a training program for working in arts administration – trains 10 people interested in a career in arts administration so they can gain qualifications in the field.
It combines a Certificate III in arts administration, obtained through TAFE SA Adelaide City Campus, with a work placement at a South Australian arts organisation this year.
With coursework for the 2010 round complete, program participant Jessica Efseaff is using her training and placement at Carclew Youth Arts as a way to reach her goal of a management role at a digital media company.
‘‘It was an awesome opportunity to learn all these new skill sets, meet new people and learn how to use words creatively,’’ says Jessica, who is also studying for a degree in media art.
‘‘As well as occupational health and safety, we are learning different forms of marketing so we can better promote events and get work out there and get people to events.’’
Fellow student Skye Wild agrees the program has helped kick-start her career. ‘‘It’s given me skills and knowledge to get my future career into gear,’’ she says.
The 2010 round, funded with a $60,000 federal grant, brought together participants with diverse backgrounds and experience.
TAFE SA lecturer Sally Galloway says all students are linked by a genuine interest and passion for the arts and desire to work in the arts.
‘‘The training enables them to develop the required administration, customer service and teamwork skills and then utilise these skills when undertaking their work placements,’’ she says.
Communication, teamwork and organisation are key skills required by arts administration employees.
Carclew Youth Arts industry development project officer Joyce Louey says there is an acknowledged need to fill a gap in arts administration training, particularly with the growth in number and size of local festivals and events.
‘‘People aren’t aware there are such varied careers in arts administration,’’ she says.
‘‘A real benefit of this structure is being able to apply their knowledge in real-life situations.’’
A benefit of the EnCompass program is the invaluable work experience it provides.
Organisations at which participants are offered work experience during their course include Feast Festival, No Strings Attached, UMTOY, Cirkidz, Community Arts Network SA, Craftsouth, Jam Factory, Ausdance, Northern Sound System, Country Arts SA and the Folk Federation.
State Employment, Training and Further Education Minister Jack Snelling believes the program – part of the Productivity Places Program for Job Seekers – is one of many initiatives helping break down barriers in industry training and in turn opening doors for students.
‘‘The Productivity Places Program for Job Seekers is part of the State Government’s commitment to help people experiencing difficulties entering or staying in the workforce to participate in learning and work,’’ he says.
Almost $40 million over four years will provide 17,225 training places for jobseekers across SA in a variety of industries.