Latest news from the Motion Picture Trainer’s Association of South Africa (MPTA) is that a meeting with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) was held on 11 September. The purpose of the meeting was to formally introduce the MPTA as well as engage with the NFVF on its training mandate, strategy and the proposed national film school.
Says the MPTA’s Nikki Tilley: “The meeting was very fruitful, with both organisations finding immediate areas for collaboration. We will keep MPTA members updated as to actions on the suggested way forward.”
In the meantime, the NFVF has embarked on a research project to develop a national education and training strategy for the South African film industry. The first phase of the project includes an industry census and industry skills needs analysis. Results from the industry census will be presented at the Sithengi Film & Television Market in Cape Town in November.
The second phase of the study will assess the impact of current education and training initiatives. Service providers will be contacted, initially for the institutional census, and later for their input into the education and training strategy. The final phase includes making recommendations on best practice models for film education and training in SA. Research results and recommendations will be presented to the Minister of Arts and Culture in April 2007. For further info about the NFVF research project contact Tusi Fokane, Head of Policy and Research, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The MPTA is finalising a meeting with the Media Advertising Printing Packaging Publishing-Sector Education Authority (MAPPP-SETA). “This is to discuss how the MPTA can work closely with the SETA to serve the best interests of its members. Ideally, we would like the MPTA to assist its members in funding issues, give members regular updates of developments within the SETA, advise of new dates for Expressions of Interest, assist members with a list of registered assessors and moderators, advise the SETA on issues regarding the sector skills plan, and facilitate complaints and co-ordinate common issues to be debated with the SETA,” notes Tilley.