Cultural Industries Skills Training
The main objectives of the skills training programme for cultural industries are, on the one hand, to diversify labour demand and supply, considering that the cultural industry represents a growing economic sector with more than 200,000 jobs across the country. Moreover, the cultural industry has the benefit of attracting the attention of young people who receive education and are later inserted in the labour market.
On the other hand, by means of the issuance of certificates endorsed by the Ministry of Labuor and this Secretariat of Culture, it intends to prioritize skills and trades that are essential for the development of cultural industries, but have no symbolic or economic recognition.
Finally, it seeks to contribute to the preservation of cultural identity since it implies a transfer of trade skills such as construction and repair of aboriginal musical instruments, management of libraries or production and generation of radio and TV program contents.
This programme was implemented in 2009, within the framework of the National Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security's programme More and Better Jobs / Más y Mejor Trabajo, for which cooperation agreements were subscribed aimed at training more than 1500 workers to develop the skills and capabilities required in the cultural sector.
As part of this agreement and in connection with the execution of future protocols, several courses will be conducted across the national territory in the following specialties: audiovisual production, photography, performing arts, lighting, sound technician, new radio technologies, cameras, musical instrument repair, introduction to instrument maker apprenticeship, library assistance, radio and TV new technologies and other training courses proposed by provincial government agencies and intermediate organizations.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure: The largest challenge is to transmit the idea that cultural industries are job generators, that this economy sector is responsible for 3.7% of the national GDP, and eliminate the traditional and conservative idea that these activities have merely a symbolic value (not less significant).
In this sense, it seeks to associate workshops managing agencies and job-creating institutions, such as chambers of commerce and business chambers.
After the first stage was concluded, we can confirm that many of the students graduating from the workshops managed to insert themselves in the labor market for which they received education.