Tim Thorpe Consulting Ltd was contracted by NZ On Air and NZFC on behalf of Screen NZ to undertake a short study of skills shortages in drama production in New Zealand. The Terms of Reference for this assignment were to:
- broadly look at where there are skills shortages in drama production, how these might be plugged, and where there might be other financial partners to help with this.
- create a one-page ‘cheat sheet’ diagram summarising the main tertiary training institutions which offer screen courses; government financial investment in these, the likely number of graduates and workforce entry data.
The study was conducted in May 2015.
- Wholesale skills shortages are not occurring in the NZ screen industry.
- Any shortages that are occurring are able to be met through normal market mechanisms eg recruitment from Australia or upskilling on-the-job.
- One area of concern across the sector is production accountants -which the NZFC is already addressing.
- There are concerns from some quarters about line producers, location managers, location scouts, production managers and possibly sound recordists and 1st A/Ds. These shortages are all below-the-line.