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Industry Skills Survey

Graduate Industry Showcase 2019

What skills and training do you need?

AFTRS is the national creative education and training institution for the screen and broadcast industries. Over 45 years, we have built capacities across the sector by finding, developing and supporting Australian storytelling talent.

In a constantly changing and global media landscape, the triennial AFTRS Industry Survey is designed to identify immediate priorities as well as signpost future needs and trends. It’s essential that we identify the necessary skills, knowledge and talent needed to ensure our Industry’s future growth and innovation. We would really value your time to complete these surveys. There is an individual survey where you will answer questions about yourself, and a company survey where you answer questions on behalf of your company, if appropriate. All responses will be kept confidential.

Complete the survey for individuals

Complete the survey for companies

To thank you for your participation, you will go into the draw to win one of five $200 vouchers to use towards AFTRS short courses.

AFTRS last conducted an industry skills survey in 2016, the most comprehensive national survey of the Australian screen and broadcast sector. Findings were released publicly and helped provide a clear view of the state of the industry, uncovering tensions and opportunities. AFTRS is committed to ensuring the industry thrives.

Key findings from 2016 –

  • Huge demand for training within the industry, particularly among newer entrants.
    Training needs vary most by the level of experience in the industry.
  • With time and money the main barriers to training, short format courses with the flexibility to fit in with current work commitments appeal most.
  • Newer entrants’ top priority is for hands-on experience and mentoring is an attractive format for this group.
  • A majority of companies plan for staff development but fewer than half of these use an external provider.
  • Minimal differences between current and future perceived training needs; an increased focus on understanding new tech.

Key areas for skills training included –

  • Practical training in the creativity and craft of storytelling
  • Business skills and entrepreneurship to help empower creatives in the new world
  • People and team skills as the changing industry means collaboration is even more critical to success
  • Marketing, social media and new technologies as key to realising future opportunities

In response to identified skills gaps, AFTRS reviewed and developed course offerings.  We established a suite of new Industry certificates validated by industry advisory panels and mapped to specific roles and skills.  The identified skills gaps have been embedded into degree courses ensuring graduates are work-ready and specific short, sharp courses offered to nimbly address skills shortages.

A recent student evaluation showed that 92% of students were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the course content.

Survey closes Monday 10 June 2019 and key findings from the study will be publicly released later this year.

This survey is built by SARA (Screen Audience Research Australia), who will also report on the results.

Terms and Conditions: To be eligible to win an AFTRS short course voucher, please provide your name and email address on completion of the survey. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email by 5 July 2019. Vouchers are fully transferable and are valid until 30 June 2020.