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We're taking an in-depth look at the Business Services package

  • 08 Aug 2018

A broad review of the Business Services (BSB) Training Package will soon begin at the national level at the direction of the BSB Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and supported by the skills service organisation PwC’s Skills for Australia.

The BSB Training Package houses a large volume of cross-functional business training products, the BSB IRC has identified an opportunity to better equip learners with the transferable skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the future Business Services workforce.

This represents an exciting opportunity to play a critical role in improving and shaping training to meet the current and future skills needs of industry.

Two projects (‘Business Enterprise Skills’ and ‘Technical Skills’) will be delivered in seven streams of work, each to be guided by a Project Working Group (PWG) of subject matter experts.

Lesley Mitchell, Chair ACFIPS Business Services, and Max Wilson ACFIPS Executive Director, have been appointed to the Project Working Group for stream seven, Leadership and Management Group.

An ACFIPs forum on Leadership and Management is planned for later which will provide an update on the project and allow those interested to provide input to the project

Marketing strategies for creative people. Book in now

  • 14 Jun 2018

Marketing is one of the most despised and least understood aspects of running a creative business and being an arts entrepreneur. This fun and practical workshop explores the mystery behind the marketing magic: devising strategy, making measurements and meeting goals. We’ll also examine: the key elements of a successful marketing campaign; the strategy behind your website; how to stay on top of social media; and the myth of word of mouth. Saturday, 23 June from 10am to 1pm in Darlinghurst. Tickets $52.50. Register at http://ow.ly/JkBn30kuqCZ Presented by Monica Davidson from the Creative Plus Business Group and Business Connect.


You've always wanted to be a community radio star, right?

  • 29 Mar 2018

Here’s your chance. The Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) still has places available for people wanting to work in or develop their skills as radio producers and presenters. You’ll end up with a Certificate III in Screen and Media.

What’s covered in the course?

• Work effectively in the creative arts industry
• Contribute to health and safety of yourself and others
• Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
• Conduct interviews
• Develop techniques for presenting information on air
• Perform basic sound editing
• Collect and organise content for broadcast or publication
• Maintain interactive content
• Plan and prepare program content
• Write content for a range of media
• Present programs on air

If you are on a government benefit, have a disability or are indigenous you may be eligible for a NSW Smart & Skilled fee-free scholarship. Email info@cmto.org.au for more information.


Career Speed Dating a great match in Gosford

  • 07 Mar 2018

ACFIPS was delighted to be part of NSW ITABs’ Career Speed Dating event in Gosford recently. It was great to see so many Principals and Careers Advisors from local schools and representatives from industry and Training Services NSW turn up. Career Speed Dating gives people the opportunity to hear about the great future career choices available for students, as well as information about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. NSW ITABs plans to hold more events like this. We’ll keep you posted on when and where. Don’t feel you have to wait for us though. If the schools in your area would be interested in an event like this, let us know.

Are you Screen or Stage or Media? Are you loaded down with care? Here's how to be carefree

  • 08 Feb 2018

Book yourself in for a free Workplace Resilience — Managing Stress and Wellness course specifically designed for the Entertainment and Events sector. The course will teach you how to adapt to changing circumstances at work and how to bounce back from challenges and stress. You’ll learn ways to identify signs and sources of stress within your job role and strategies to help you recover from stressful situations. The course will run on 5 & 12 March, 2018 at TAFE NSW, St Leonards and again on 19 & 26 March, 2018 at The Arts Exchange in Dawes Point. For more information and to register (before 13 Feb) email Catherine.chong@tafensw.edu.au

Course outcomes include: develop and implement personal stress management strategy; develop and implement stress management strategies and techniques within a team; and develop team and morale building strategies. Read the brochure.

You’ll be given a Statement of Attainment in Workplace Resilience on completion of the course. The Units of Competency covered are BSBWHS410 (Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives) and BSBWOR403 (Manage stress in the workplace). The course was developed by TAFE NSW Northern Sydney in collaboration with the ACFIPS ITAB.

Add teaching skills to your dance skills

  • 14 Dec 2017

Add teaching skills to your dance skills. There is currently a large skills shortage of professional dancers with the broad skills base required to teach across a wide age range from young students to older learners. To help solve the problem a Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching has just been added to the NSW Smart and Skilled list. The Cert III will provide you with the practical skills development necessary to teach across a wide range of abilities, cultures and socio-economic communities. Check out the possibilities at http://ow.ly/kpbs30hbYP3

I want to talk to you today about Information and Cultural Services

  • 14 Dec 2017

A school-based Certificate II in I&CS has just been added to the NSW Smart and Skilled list. This is particularly good news for students in regional NSW. A school-based traineeship in I&CS will give you a career path into diverse jobs in creative businesses and local government. It can underpin a traineeship pathway to a Cert III traineeship in IT, Technical Theatre Production, Libraries Assistant, Venue Management, Tourism Officer, Arts Administration and Business Services. Your future depends on gathering nuts while you may, so check it out now at http://ow.ly/HRiw30hbIkY

How can the show go on? Help us find a way

  • 27 Nov 2017

The Performing Arts Wellbeing Summit held on 13 November proved that the entertainment industry is determined to find that way. Organised by the NSW Performing Arts and Screen Wellbeing Working Group, the summit was a response to the high rates of mental illness and suicide for workers in the Australian entertainment industry.

The summit asked the 220 participants to consider how they can make effective wellbeing changes as individuals, as organisations and in collaboration with others.

‘The summit is already inspiring and helping different parts of the NSW performing arts sector to connect and draw on each other’s resources and provide insights that actively address the wellness issue challenging people across all parts of our industry,’ said Dr Jane Kreis, Director of Theatre Network NSW (TNN).

If you or your organisation are interested in joining the NSW Performing Arts and Screen Wellbeing Working Group please get in touch with Theatre Network NSW directly through director@tnn.org.au

The summit was supported by Theatre Network NSW, Create NSW, the Sydney Opera House and the ACFIPS NSW ITAB and the NSW Performing Arts and Screen Wellbeing Working Group #wecandobetter

Notice of Annual General Meeting

  • 06 Nov 2017

The ACFIPS AGM will be held at 4.30pm on Tuesday, 28 November, 2017. The venue is The Royal Exchange of Sydney, 1 Gresham Street, Sydney.

All members of ACFIPS Ltd (ABN 55 074 207 784) are invited to attend the AGM.

This is an important event on the ACFIPS's calendar and form a key part of the ITAB's communications with its members.

The following documents may be downloaded from the ACFIPS website:

• Notice of Meeting
• Annual Report
• Proxy Form
• 2016 AGM Minutes

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you are encouraged to complete and return a proxy form to max.wilson@acfips.org.au or PO Box 985, Newport Beach, NSW, 2106. To be valid, a proxy form must be received no later than Friday, 24 November, 2017.

Live production skills shortage on the way to being solved

  • 23 Oct 2017

ACFIPS was delighted to host a break-through meeting recently to look at setting up a pilot for a Live Production traineeship program. The meeting brought together TAFE NSW, employers and ArtsReady, a Group Training Organisation.

TAFE NSW and ArtsReady said they were keen to work closely with employers to ensure that training package units match the needs of the workplace environment. With the recent opening of the new International Convention Centre, ICC Sydney and an increase in events at the Sydney Recital Hall and other venues there has been a shortage of skilled live production technicians.

ACFIPS Chair Tim Cramsie said that the situation will not improve without action being taken now. ‘We have more hotels being built, the NSW Government is promoting Sydney as an events centre and there are also major plans for Parramatta to become a cultural centre. What is needed is a trainee program that will provide on-the-job training, mentoring and support for skilled live production technicians.’

The shortage of live production technicians is not just a Sydney problem as many regions have active festival and cultural programs that require skilled technicians as well.

Tim Cramsie was pleased with the outcome of the meeting. ‘We have an action plan and commitment from employers to take on trainees. It is a great start and once the pilot is completed there is no reason not to roll out to regions.’