FTM and MITT launch online Learning Initiative

            WINNIPEG, MANITOBA—April 2, 2020 Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT), Film Training Manitoba (FTM), launch online learning initiative   Partnership provides tuition credit, creates access point into Manitoba’s film industry for MITT students, alumni, in trades allied with film As students and educators across the province find creative new ways to sustain learning through online platforms during COVID-19, MITT and FTM are excited to launch the new ACTION! Program for 2020-21. The web-based program offers 30 MITT students or alumni from three programs (Carpentry, Hairstyling, and Culinary Arts and Design) a free tuition credit of $100 toward FTM’s online Set Orientation course—a credential recognized by industry as well as a requirement for membership in many of its unions*—and opens participants up to a variety of new and exciting employment opportunities. “Film Training Manitoba appreciates the efforts of MITT to fast track the ACTION! program for students and alumni interested in jobs and careers in Manitoba’s dynamic film industry,” says Adam Smoluk, Managing Director, Film Training Manitoba. “I also wish to thank Manitoba Film and Music’s CEO and Film Commissioner, Rachel Rusen Margolis, for her important involvement in this partnership.” Students selected for the course gain an understanding of the filmmaking process, and familiarity with the various procedures that are vitally important for communication and scheduling on a day-to-day basis. In addition, MITT and FTM will conduct a Careers in Film session, tentatively scheduled for Fall 2020 at MITT, where students will hear from industry experts and learn about the current and future state of film in Manitoba. Details of the screening and selection process will be posted at MITT.ca. “We’re excited about this partnership with Film Training Manitoba because of the unique skillset and competitive edge it can provide our students, and alumni, looking for careers in local film and television industries,” says Marnie Groeneveld, Director of the Centre for Career Development, Experiential and Lifelong Learning at MITT. “We are very grateful for this investment in our student’s professional development and appreciate the vision and creativity of Film Training Manitoba.” * This course is required for membership in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE Local 856), Director’s Guild of Canada’s Manitoba District Council (DGC-MB) and International Cinematographers Guild of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) ICG 669. Eligibility and how to apply for the ACTION! Program Open to students, alumni, of MITT’s Carpentry, Culinary Arts and Design, and Hairstyling programs. To apply for the ACTION! Program, please submit a cover letter indicating why you feel you should be selected for this opportunity, along with a resume, to workconnections@mitt.ca by April 17th, 2020, 4:30 pm. Successful candidates will be notified by email.   About Film Training Manitoba Film Training Manitoba provides workforce and human resource development to build a highly skilled and adaptable workforce to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community. With this information FTM offers industry driven, skill-based training that is targeted where labour gaps occur. About Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology MITT is a post-secondary institute offering industry-driven, student-focused education in the areas of skilled trades, business and information technology, health care, and human services. We provide affordable, timely, skills-based education for learners seeking career entry as well as those looking to acquire relevant, in-demand competencies at any point in life. FTM media contact Mauro Ferritto, Senior Programs & Communications Manager Tel: 204-989-9669 ext.3 or email: mauro@filmtraining.mb.ca MITT media contact Jeremy Brooks, Manager, Public Relations Tel: 204-989-2874 or email: jeremy.brooks@mitt.ca  

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