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A new phase of activities

Creative Skills Europe, the European platform for Employment and Training in the Audiovisual (AV) and Live Performance (LP) sectors, is a project led by European trade unions - EURO-MEI, FIA, FIM, EFJ - and employers’ organisations - EBU, Pearle* and CEPI - in cooperation with sector skills bodies from France, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden (go here for the full list of partners). After a first phase of activities in 2014-2016, Creative Skills Europe resumed its activities in spring 2017 in the context of a new EU-funded project and held a first meeting in London in June 2017.

Building up on the employment and skills trends identified by Creative Skills Europe in its first phase of activities (read our 2016 publication) the new project phase will deepen the sector partnerships around 4 priority topics:
(1) New business models and work organisation in the AV and LP sectors and the skills needed to support adaptation and innovation;
(2) Human resources and career management for skills development;
(3) The diversification of training tools in the digital environment and in support of work-based learning ;
(4) Solutions of collective bargaining, the role of social dialogue and of social partners for skills and career development.

Each topic will be researched and discussed during dedicated European workshops and a series of tools and publications will be prepared after each workshop. A final conference will give an overview of the key issues identified in the course of the project, highlight innovative sector partnerships for skills development and offer a space of reflection for further sector initiatives at national and European levels. To feed our reflection resources will be regularly posted on our website and spread in our newsletter.

If you wish to contribute by sharing publications, examples of skills development initiatives or by highlighting concrete examples of skills gaps in our sectors, please do not hesitate to contact us.

A first meeting in London

On 27 and 28 June 2017 Creative Skills Europe organised a European workshop at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. More than 40 participants from across Europe representing national skills bodies, education and training providers, unions and employers’ organisations, professional associations, etc. took part in the discussions.

Professionals from theatre, broadcasting and film provided concrete examples of how the sector experiments with business models, adopts new organisational structures and adjusts to the evolutions of working patterns and statutes. A specific focus was given on the skills needed to accompany these transformations, both at the level of organisations and to support individual careers. The discussions focused on the following main questions: How to keep up with technical developments, make sure the sector plays its role in digital content creation, and acquires the right entrepreneurship skills to give birth to the next generation of business models? How to support the increasing number of freelancers and other independent workers to acquire the relevant skills at different stages of their careers?

Challenges but also potential solutions were discussed during the two days. The testimonies and practices collected will now be channeled into a publication to be published after the summer on the Creative Skills Europe website.

UK Theatre Workforce Review

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre published in June 2017 a research to assess the current and future needs of the UK’s theatre and performing arts sector workforce. The publication puts forward strong recommendations for a more open organisational culture, a long-term commitment to professional development and flexible working practices, and a more diverse and representative workforce. SOLT and UK Theatre will now establish a consortium across the industry including employers (both commercial and not for profit), sector bodies such as Creative and Cultural Skills and the new National College for Creative and Cultural Skills, to help address the challenges raised. Download the UK Theatre Workforce

A guide for newcomers
in the Audiovisual sector in Belgium

mediarte.be, the ‘Social fund for the audiovisual and film production sectors in Belgium’ just published the 2017-2018 edition of its ‘Guide for newcomers’ aimed at helping individuals who wish to enter the Belgian Audiovisual employment market, but also at supporting employers in welcoming them. This very comprehensive guide gives a detailed insight into the audiovisual and film sector in Belgium, offers concrete tools, and outlines all the relevant information newcomers need to know about working conditions in the sector. The guide is available in French and Dutch. Similar information platforms exist in the UK: Creative Choices powered by Creative & Cultural Skills and the Career Navigator provided by Creative Skillset.

Tools and skills for health and safety
in the Performing Arts

The EU social partners from the Live Performance sector - the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance (EAEA), composed of FIM, FIA and EURO-MEI, and Pearle* – produced, with the support of the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work , two OIRA sectoral tools (one for productions and one for venues), which enable sector stakeholders to carry out risk assessments. The ETTE project (European Theatre Technicians Education), led by the German Theatre Technical Society (DTHG) with partner organisations from Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, aims for its part at determining the aspects of the professional qualification relevant to health and safety and at developing an internationally comparable level of standards.

MediaRoad: a European future policy
and innovation network

MediaRoad is a EU-funded H2020 project that aspires to reawaken a ‘start-up mentality’ in the media sector, reshaping the way organisations collaborate and deploy new ideas in the market. Augmented and virtual reality, robot journalism and 5G as well as future research policy priorities for the media sector are just some of the ‘tomorrow’s world’ topics this project will touch upon. Spearhead by the European Broadcasting Union, the project brings together broadcasters (BBC, RAI, VRT, Association of European Radios), media research institutes (IRT, EPFL, IMEC) and independent producers (CEPI TV) to form a diverse network of media organisations and key stakeholders. The objective is to expand/strengthen this initial network and to create an open European media ecosystem for innovation. The MediaRoad launch event will take place on the 9th of October 2017 in Brussels.
To know more about the project, go here.

New occupational statistics
in the French Live Performance sector

The French ‘Prospective Observatory of Live Performance Occupations’, piloted by the CPNEF SV (Joint National Committee for Employment and Training in the Live Performance sector) published in June 2017 a thematic focus dedicated to occupations and career paths. Thanks to an original approach to available statistics, the sector now has a view of its workforce per occupations, per employees’ profiles, the proportion of multi-active workers, the employment offer per type of employer, etc. The publication confirms the heterogeneity of the professional situations in the French Live Performance sector. Consult the publication (in French)

Working conditions
in Live Performance in Flanders

In the autumn of 2016 Sociaal Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten (SFP), the ‘Social fund for the live performance sector in Flemish-speaking Belgium’, surveyed the work experience in the performing arts and music sector. Both employees and ‘flex workers’ were surveyed, and a number of welfare indicators and recommendations for an improvement of the sector working conditions outlined (such as a review of work organisation, transformational leadership and the need to better support and protect ‘flex workers’). Consult the publication (in Dutch).

Study on animation occupations
in France

To better understand and disseminate information on occupations in the animation field, the French network of animation schools outlined the key phases of an animation production and developed occupational profiles for five occupations in the field (3D Animator, Animation Director, VFX Supervisor, Story Board Artist, Matt-Painter). The study builds on an extensive desk research and on interviews with professionals and HR managers of animation studios. The study was commissioned by the French ‘Prospective Observatory of Audiovisual Occupations’, piloted by the CPNEF AV (Joint National Committee for Employment and Training in the Audiovisual sector). Go here to consult the study (in French).

Accessible Culture & Training
new professional profiles

A large consortium of partners (universities, theatres, culture departments in local governments and a quality agency) led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has pooled together, with support of EU funding, to promote equal opportunities and accessibility to cultural events. The ACT project will develop a new professional profile, that of "Media Accessibility Expert/Manager for the Scenic Arts", as well as training proposals related to the job. Another European partnership ADLAB PRO is working on free-access didactic materials in support of another occupation: the audio describer (an audiovisual translator charged with producing verbal descriptions for the blind community). These descriptions recount the visual features of a work of art or of an audiovisual product.
This newsletter was created with financial support from the European Union. It reflects only the author's view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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