Looking forward to the fall, we will see important progress in our work with the cultural industries
National Training Advisory Council (NTAC)
CHRC's Film and Television Steering Committee met over the summer to lay the groundwork for the first meeting of the National Training Advisory Council (NTAC) for Film and Television, which will take place this fall. One of the key recommendations of Fast Forward, a national training strategy for the film and television industry, was to formally bring members of the industry to the table with trainers, funders and policy makers to oversee the implementation of all of the Fast Forward recommendations. NTAC responds to that recommendation.
Also flowing directly from a recommendation in Fast Forward is CHRC's ongoing maintenance of DCH's new Film and Television Training Data Base (TDB) The number of visitors is growing steadily as educators, trainers, artists and cultural workers in the film and television industry become aware of this rich and useful resource.
Both the NTAC and the TDB are critical pieces of the training puzzle for the film and television industry. Both were recommended by the participants of the HR summit for the industry that CHRC organized in April 2004 when they called for "harmonization" of training (i.e. through the NTAC), and a way to be aware of and sort through the plethora of training offerings in and for the industry (i.e. a TDB). CHRC is pleased to see the progress that is being made as approach these objectives.
CHRC's Music Industry Steering Committee is overseeing the development of a training strategy document by consultant Shelley Stein-Sacks. The draft training strategy will be validated this fall by industry associations across the country.
The document will make recommendations on training in the following areas:
- Training Needs
- Training Providers - Formal Training, Workshops and Seminars, Professional Coaching
- Training Types - On-line, Industry Events, Mentoring, Internships
CHRC's Book Publishing Steering Committee will meet in late September to begin laying the groundwork for a Roundtable with book publishers and educators in early 2008. The Steering Committee will also be preparing a Request for Proposals for a consultant to undertake a professional development course for book publishers, the theme and content to be determined. This will be informed by the recommendations of the Training Gaps Analysis for Book Publishers, completed for CHRC in 2006.
A Study of Large Employers in the Cultural Industries and A Study of the Newspaper Industry
As explained in previous newsletters, Nordicity Inc is undertaking interviews of the 5 largest employers in each of the following cultural industries: Film, Broadcasting, Sound Recording, Book and Magazine Publishing, and New Media to determine their HR needs and if and how CHRC can be of service to them. These are underway. Nordicity is also undertaking a parallel study of the newspaper industry to establish its place in the cultural sector and vis a vis CHRC. The Studies' Steering Committee will be receiving the draft report in early October, and CHRC's Board will be receiving the final report at its Board meeting on October 19 in Newfoundland.
A Governance Review of CHRC will be a subsequent step, based on the findings of the studies.