Relevant Country Background
Reskilling of Workers for the Local Film Industry – initiated by the Malta Film Commission (MFC), and which is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), and assisted by the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC). The Malta Film Commission will be initiating a certified training programme encouraging individuals of all ages to further their studies, as well as develop their skills in order to increase their opportunities for employment in the film servicing industry. The MFC aims to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and aid to develop a skilled and adaptable workforce.
Malta is a viable contender in the international film production network, and has played host to a number of big budget film productions over the years. However, Malta does not possess an adequate pool of personnel skilled in offering below-the-line services. As competition increases in the television and film industries, Malta must remain desirable to foreign film producers. A skilled labour force can provide quality assurance to international productions, thus maintaining and increasing Malta’s competitive edge.
Furthermore, over the past decade the government has emphasised the import role entrepreneurship is to play within the island’s strategy for economic growth. Vision 2015 Government’s Vision 2015 and Beyond: A Path to a Knowledge Based Economy strategy document, initiated in 2007 to act as a framework to ensure diversification of the local economy, envisions the implementation of programmes financed by the EU with the intent of offering incentives for research and entrepreneurship.
Current State of Affairs in the Relevant Sector
Over the past eighty-six years, around one hundred feature films have been shot in Malta, and in the last decade alone Malta’s film industry has grown steadily and is now a vital contributor to both the economy and job creation. Reports reveal that over the past four years Malta has been the preferred host to 65 productions, including more than 26 feature film productions and television series. Overall, these productions have supplied the Maltese economy with over €105 million, thus creating a number of job opportunities in the process. However, despite the growing range and sophistication of film-related services available on the island, areas for improvement persist, such as the need for strengthening the level and availability of local crew.
This will be achieved via training which is considered a vital and important component so as for Malta to be more competitive in this industry. The project being proposed is concentrating its efforts on enhancing this industry’s growth by investing in local human resources, through training courses that will offer certifications related to the filming industry so as to improve the quality of the film servicing industry in Malta. The ultimate aim of this training is to provide qualified personnel to international film makers whilst also boosting the local film industry, thus creating more job opportunities in this sector.
Individuals eligible for the free training offered through this programme are all adults eligible to work; including those already in employment, those seeking employment or inactive persons. However, the project specifically entails the provision of training courses to individuals aged 16 years and over, with a first preference to those falling within the age bracket of 40-55 years who would like to further their career in the filming industry or further their studies in this area. The majority of the courses being proposed for this project have thus far not been offered in Malta. Therefore, such a scheme will act as an important milestone for the Malta Film Commission, allowing the country to provide international productions a pool of specialized human resources for the film servicing industry.