Train­ing lifts hopes for ca­reer in the arts

The Advertiser - Careers - - Vocational Education - SAM KEL­TON

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.

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