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SAFC Skilling SA graduates spring into screen work
07 October 2021
More than a quarter of newly trained and upskilled South Australian crew members graduating from the SAFC’s Skilling SA program have already secured paid work, as the initiative prepares to wrap its successful pilot program.
Launched in May as a pilot for the first micro-credential trial for screen ever undertaken in Australia, Skilling SA has provided tailored training across various crew departments and roles for 50 South Australians to discover new career paths in the screen industry – either as brand new workers, or as existing crew wishing to upskill in areas of critical skills shortage.
Through this year’s inaugural program 38 people have joined the screen industry for the first time, alongside 12 existing SA crew members, with more than a quarter already securing paid work on various screen productions including new AMC Studios and See-Saw Films vampire series Firebite, newly announced Windmill Pictures childrens’ series Beep and Mort, and season two of award-winning children’s series First Day.
Participants came together at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios on Friday 1 October to celebrate their graduation from the program with a special networking drinks event. Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni and SAFC CEO Kate Croser also attended, along with industry professionals including SA producers Lisa Scott of Highview Productions, Kirsty Stark of Epic Films, Georgia Humphreys of Corner Table Productions, Paul Ryan of 57 Films and more.
SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: “The SAFC are certainly no strangers to pioneering new approaches in screen, and we are delighted to have presented this ground-breaking program that not only assists existing South Australian crew members to upskill and forge new directions in their careers, but that also welcomes skilled workers from other industries into the screen sector for the first time, and creates brand new screen career pathways for so many South Australians.”