Industry-driven learning: new micro-credential for screen-sector careers

Aotearoa is currently facing a major shortage in the Toi Pāho (broadcast and screen sector) workforce. To help remedy this problem and ensure sector entrants have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed, a new micro-credential has been developed, giving a shortform introduction to screen-sector operations and ‘below-the-line’ (production and crew) positions.

In March 2023, Toi Mai released Te Wao Nui o Toi, the workforce development plan (WDP) for Toi Pāho, which identified the challenges in sourcing capable local talent for the below-the-line workforce in the screen industry.

From industry feedback in the process of developing the WDP, it was identified that industry-led learning delivered in small blocks can be successful in providing entry into the industry.

“The industry is changing all of the time,” says a veteran film producer and trainer, “and the technology is changing all of the time, and there is a need to be nimble to fit the needs of the industry . . . We just need courses that are short, sharp, to the point.”

The development of this new micro-credential was driven by industry and gives a way for those who are wanting to gain employment in below-the-line roles to learn about the industry and the roles and skills required.

Learners will gain the 15-credit micro-credential by completing three new proposed skill standards developed by workforce development councils Toi Mai and Ringa Hora:

  1. Demonstrate introductory knowledge of the operations and structure within the Aotearoa screen industry.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the processes and ethics required in the Aotearoa screen industry.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the business skills required to operate as a contractor in Aotearoa (with Ringa Hora for development).

It is intended that delivery of this micro-credential will be in partnership with industry and include guest speakers and practical experience with real equipment.

This development is just the first step in meeting screen-sector needs. Further qualifications and standards that will focus on more specific areas of below-the-line roles in screen are currently being developed. This entry-level micro-credential will act as prerequisite knowledge for higher-level skill-focused standards.

The consultation period for the draft micro-credential and skill standards is now closed. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.