“We Show Up” Entertainment Workforce Training Program Launches in Clayton County

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WE SHOW UP” will launch its first pilot entertainment workforce and business development program on Monday, September 10, 2018, in Clayton County, GA (located within the Metro-Atlanta area). WE SHOW UP is designed to provide jobs and business opportunities in the multi-billion dollar entertainment industry (film, TV, music, digital entertainment). Applications are available online, and applicants are encouraged to bring their application in person (or to apply in person) at the Clayton County Community Services Authority building by Thursday, September 6. Applications received after September 6 will be considered for the next session, scheduled to begin in January 2019.

The program provides resources, training and development to high growth-potential businesses and agencies to help them secure entertainment industry contracts, accelerate their annual revenues, expand and create jobs. Following the implementation in Clayton, the program is expected to expand to other counties around the state.

“One of the most important things we can do as an entertainment center in the U.S. to ensure we have trained talent to to fill the workforce needs of our film and television infrastructure,” said WE SHOW UP Co-Founder/Executive Director LaRonda Sutton. “Clayton County was among the first camera-ready counties in Georgia, so it is only fitting that we pilot this program to their unemployed and underemployed residents who want to be a part of this thriving industry.”

“We are excited to pilot this new workforce training program with Clayton County Community Services Authority,” said Georgia STAND-UP Founder and WE SHOW UP Co-Founder Deborah Scott. “The goal of WE SHOW UP is to provide a pipeline of workers — that have a understanding of the culture and work environment of the industry — and provide vendors the opportunity to grow their businesses by tapping into a workforce that sees this as an opportunity to learn and grow in an emerging industry and economy.  It’s an added benefit that the Georgia Department of Labor and Work Source invested in work experience funds to be able to support the trainee ‘Show Stoppers’ in this endeavor.”

“The focus of the Clayton County Community Services Authority is to get people introduced into the world of entertainment,” said CSA Director of Operations Sharon Myles. “We know the opportunity to work in this industry offers a lifetime of benefits for county residents and their families.”

WE SHOW UP identifies the employment needs of the entertainment industry and makes connections to a trained and motivated workforce supporting the industry’s infrastructure. It taps into a film ready atmosphere that brings direct equitable  economic benefits to the community of residents, talent and businesses.

PROGRAM FEATURES

Features of the WE SHOW UP program include:

  • Free, three-week preparation course
  • Paid, 12-week apprenticeship program
  • Connections within the film/TV industry’s infrastructure
  • Onsite, paid job placement in the film/TV industry

SKILLS LEARNED

Trainees will learn skills for services including:

  • Set Protection / Floor Protection
  • Covering services
  • Prop services
  • Film/TV location support services
  • Security

TO APPLY

The program is available for Clayton County residents who are at least 18 years of age. Applications are available online for the first set of classes, scheduled to begin on Monday, September 10 at 9:30 a.m. Applicants are encouraged to bring their application in person (or to apply in person) at the CSA building by Thursday, September 6. Applications received after September 6 will be considered for the next session, scheduled to begin in January 2019.

Clayton County Community Services Authority

1000 Main Street (inside main entrance)

Forest Park, GA   30297

Applicants will need to bring the following:

  • Driver’s License and Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Resume — if not available, you will be required to attend a resume workshop

Applicants must also be:

  • A resident of Clayton County
  • A U.S. Citizen or Legal Alien
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Able to provide reliable transportation
  • Unemployed or underemployed (proof of salary will be required)
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