In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Film Training Manitoba (FTM) had worked with SAFE Work Manitoba to conduct an in-depth curriculum update to our Safety Awareness online course. This course is a requirement toward membership in the Directors Guild of Canada’s Manitoba District Council and the International Cinematographers Guild of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) ICG 669. This course is also included in the curriculum of a number of Manitoba colleges.
Throughout the summer of 2020, FTM developed specialty COVID-19 training for Manitoba’s film industry which led to the development of new curriculum materials. Given the challenges with COVID-19, FTM’s has added new sections to Safety Awareness to promote health and safety on film productions.
“Using subject matter experts, FTM continually evaluates and updates our workforce development training to ensure our programming is relevant for the needs of Manitoba’s film industry.” said FTM’s Managing Director Adam Smoluk.
In addition from the support of SAFE Work Manitoba, FTM annually contracts working Manitoba film industry professionals to audit and update our programming.
Among the changes, FTM has added curriculum in three important sections:
- Bio hazards – this section includes new information on COVID-19.
- Muscular and skeletal hazards.
- Thermal hazards.