Skills Active Aotearoa is expanding its coverage to become the industry training organisation for the performing arts. It already carries responsibility for sport and recreation training.
Chief executive of Skills Active Aotearoa Grant Davidson says this means the many staff, contractors and freelancers who work in production, operations and events at council-owned venues will have access to on-job qualifications that recognise their skill and experience. They will also have defined pathways to progress their careers.
Local authorities are the major owners and managers of large venues, event spaces and studios in New Zealand.
A Skills Active Workforce Scan shows the performing arts industry employed 25,523 people in 2015 and contributed $2.088 billion to the New Zealand economy. Facilities manager and conference / event organiser were among the industry’s most common job roles.
Skills Active will introduce two new qualifications later this year:
- NZ Certificate in Entertainment and Event Operations Level 3; and
- NZ Certificate in Entertainment and Event Technology Level 4 (this will include entertainment rigging, lighting, live sound, video, stage mechanics and scenic construction).
Grant says Skills Active will also launch further, pan-industry qualifications that will be of direct benefit to council operations and venues:
- NZ Certificate in First Line Management at Levels 3 and 4;
- NZ Certificate in Health and Safety Level 4;
- NZ Certificate in Facility Operations Level 4; and
- NZ Diploma in Facility Management Level 6.
This article was first published in the May 2017 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.