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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.’