Training & Development

Human Capital Development (HCD) of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) is a central programme which ensures continuing growth in skills in the province in future years.

By focusing on job-creating growth and improved quality of public services and efficiency, Human Capital Development represents a vital approach to, and set of instruments for, the Commission and its shareholder in their efforts to tackle poverty and social exclusion.

HCD is divided into the following programmes:

  • Schools Programme
  • External Bursary Programme
  • Short skills training programmes
  • Learnership programmes
  • SMME Incubation Programme
  • Film Industry Transformation Initiative (FITI) Programme

Schools Programme

The schools programme is a basic entry level programme designed to introduce high school students to the Film and TV industry and the career opportunities available with practical exposure.

KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Bursary Programme

The KZN Film Commission has been awarding bursaries since 2014 through its Bursary programme. The KZNFC bursary consider individuals from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who intend to study at an accredited KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institution that offers a NQF Level 6 or 7 qualification. AFDA and DUT are tertiary institutions which offer Animation, Film and TV at NQF Level 6+.

Short Training Programmes

The 2015 Skills Audit Research findings it was evident that the participants were of varied skills levels and required specific programmes to develop them to either enter into the market place or upskill them in their current placement.

The short training programmes are designed as per the upskilling needs as opposed to being generic programmes that cover script writing, technical production and specialised skills.

Learnership Programmes

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission offers a NQF Level 4 MICT SETA accredited Film and TV Production Operations qualification and the NQF Level 5 MICT SETA accredited Film and TV Production qualification.

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Level 4 and 5 Film & TV Production learnership programmes are possible through the partnerships with the MICT SETA and other stakeholders across the province.

This learnerships are aimed at learners who wish to enter the film and television industry with no prior competence in the area. Learning towards this qualification allows the learner to experience the various career options in the industry (technical, creative and production) and thereby make an informed choice. In addition, it allows learners to focus on and gain entry-level competence in a chosen area of specialisation. The learnerships will equip learners with a minimum competence in all focus areas as well as providing an employable level of competence in their choice of focus area.

SMME Women and Youth Incubation Programme

The Incubation programme is in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA).

Women and Youth owned SMMEs in the Film and TV Industry are supported through interventions to grow their companies. The objectives of the Incubation Programme is:

  • To develop KZN Film and TV companies that support productions coming into the region and which can compete with services offered in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
  • To ensure sufficient sustainable black owned companies exist in KZN.

Film Industry Transformation Initiative (FITI) Programme

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Film Industry Transformation Initiative (FITI) is a 3-year intervention which aims to increase specialised skills in key areas of the industry value chain that will remain as residents in the province and become the core team that service local and international productions.

The objective of this program is to develop a holistic 3 years industry transformation initiative that will facilitate the creation of a sustainable film and TV industry in KZN.




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