European Skills Council for employment and training in the Audiovisual and Live Performance sectors.
The employment crisis situation in the artistic sector is a European harsh reality. Actors, technicians, musicians and all artists face several difficulties in the progress of their careers. The weak social protection along with relative bad working conditions adds up another fact which is the need for each individual to develop and improve constantly their skills or find other occupations to be able to make a living. Based on fact the European Skills Council has worked in a publication prepared in the context of a European project supported by the EU Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – Progress (2007-2013). The full report of more than a hundred pages can be reached HERE.
The reality forces artists and technicians to « More and more often during their careers, performers and creators, as well as technicians and certain other project-based workers, will find themselves having to earn money outside their traditional employment relationships, and this pushes them to develop new skills. They not only have to understand the rules for being self-employed, and for finding work in a competitive marketplace, but also have to acquire administrative, management and communications skills, ... » says in the report.
The new «worker» must get competences and skills to face new demands for a job. Is no longer enough to have only one specialised skill. «Professionals are increasingly asked to carry out a variety of technical operations that go beyond the scope of their original training. Because of the digital shift and the increasingly easy use of some technologies, a number of specialised professional jobs are disappearing, being replaced by positions with multiskilled profiles. » says in the report
IMAGO has also collaborated by being represented in the several meetings that took place in Prague, Madrid and Brussels. The Federation has stretched the need to combine good working practices with training. In most of the times in the field of cinema how many times working positions are taken by trainees? Individuals with not yet enough knowledge to perform the job. A problem that is not unique in the field of cinema but crosses all disciplines. The new digital revolution has given a negative impact in the field at the beginning of this decade and only now is reaching a normal pace but still needs an investment on skills education for many of the actual workers.
Many organizations like in Sweden, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom unions in cooperation with associations have developed program for recycling professionals and help them to acquire other skills. For example, in Berlin University exist an office which accompanies the students even after their normal studies until they get into the job market.
For those who are working in their countries in aspects pf education versus employment have a very good report to read HERE.