Applications open for Screenworks regional crew traineeships

The pilot program delivered in partnership with Netflix encourages diverse and disadvantaged regional applicants.
Behind the scenes on Netflix Original feature film Sweet River. Image: Kane Skennar

Screenworks today opened applications for the first year of their Regional Crew Traineeship program being delivered in partnership with Netflix with the support of the NSW Government.

This new entry level initiative will provide four trainees with a paid opportunity to learn about the screen industry and develop their knowledge through a mix of professional on-the-job work placements, together with on-campus  training units at TAFE NSW Lismore.

The selected trainees will complete their traineeships over the course of 12 months in 2022 and gain a nationally recognised TAFE NSW Certificate III in Screen & Media in the process.

The program will start as a pilot project in Northern New South Wales with the aim of scaling into other regions across Australia in the future. ScreenHub’s David Tiley wrote about this in August when the initial announcement of the program (and the investment by Netflix of $500,000) was made:

‘For twenty years [Screenworks] has plugged away supporting local filmmakers and accumulated a lot of smarts along the way. Part of the payoff is a deal with Netflix, focused not on individual productions but on the long term infrastructure needs of its potential workforce.’

Screenworks and Netflix are encouraging applications from young people from diverse backgrounds or those who are financially disadvantaged. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate a passion for starting their career in the screen industry and be able to commit 12 months full-time to the traineeship. 

Ken Crouch, Screenworks CEO said:

‘Leveraging the support from our fantastic partners at Netflix, the NSW Government and TAFE NSW means that Screenworks are able to offer valuable and paid opportunities to those who are at the beginning of their screen careers. 

‘We would love to see this program increase diversity in the regional screen industry, so I strongly encourage anyone to apply to this program regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability status. I can’t wait to see how these trainees develop their skills and industry networks in 2022.’

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Netflix Director of Studio and Production Affairs, APAC, Deb Richards, said Australia’s content production ecosystem has a fantastic reputation, but must be supported to grow.

‘Creating a pipeline of up-and-coming, skilled professionals to service the production boom is essential, and the Screenworks Regional Crew Traineeship program will play an important role in doing this.

‘The beauty of programs like this is they leave a positive impact in the community for many years to come, and we can’t wait to see what talent is unearthed now that applications are open.’

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Creative Arts, Rohan Langford, said TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the skills needs of the sector to support its future workforce. 

‘In the Certificate III in Screen and Media, students will get the chance to develop lighting, camera, and audio skills – and then combine this hands-on training with workplace experience as part of the traineeship.’

Applications are now open and will close at 08:00am (AEDT) Monday 8th November 2021. The traineeships are due to start in February 2022. 

Screenworks will run an online information session at 2.00pm (AEDT) Tuesday 19th October where potential applicants will be able to ask questions and pick up tips about submitting a strong application. 

Apply now for the Regional Crew Traineeships.

Screenworks are also looking for Production Companies and Heads of Departments from across Australia who are interested in taking on trainees for work placements in 2022. Placements can be based in Northern NSW, South East Queensland or beyond. All trainees will be paid by Screenworks during their placement terms.

Contact Screenworks at trainees@screenworks.com.au to register your interest.

Rochelle Siemienowicz is a journalist for Screenhub. She is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram