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Analyzing Training Gaps for Interactive Media Producers

March 25, 2009

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is pleased to announce the release of the Training Gaps Analysis (TGA) for Interactive Media Producers. This document seeks to determine the training needs for competencies identified in the Interactive Media Producers' Competency Analysis; survey the current training offerings for those competencies; and analyse the training gaps based on the training needs assessment and offerings survey.

The TGA identifies as the most essential skills required for this occupation "active listening" and "decision making".

All in all the TGA makes 5 recommendations and includes many best practices from across the country to inspire and instruct.

Interactive media producers and training institutions indicated that keeping up with new and emerging skills and technologies continues to remain an important part of staying current within the industry.

The TGA recommends delivering courses in small modules offered in evening courses, workshops or conferences format.

It also goes on to recommend business skills training. Since the role of a producer includes overseeing the business objectives and managing all phases of the project life cycle, knowledge of financial and business skills is an asset.

The TGA also recommends ensuring that graduates entering the industry or current practitioners are meeting the skills requirements using the chart of competencies as a guide for developing a job skills profile.

Finally, it addresses the need for better communication between industry and training institutions. Training institutions need to be aware of the industry demand for producers within different regions of the country enabling training programs to meet the current market demands for interactive media producers, rather than estimating.

This document can be found on the CHRC website.

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is committed to strengthening the cultural labour force, and strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of employers and cultural workers including artists, technical staff and managers. To become a member of CHRC please visit our website.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

For further information please contact Geneviève Chassé (613-562-1535 x31;