Calif. funds biz job training

Careers web site to explain how to get a job in H'wood

The state of California has allocated $2.66 million in employment training funds through 2004 to the Entertainment Industry Development Corp.

The funding is a renewal of a $2.5 million training contract under which the EIDC has provided training for 1,100 employees from 241 companies.

The agency also announced the launch of an Entertainment Careers Web site to help demystify Hollywood and explain how to get a job in the entertainment business. The site received funding through the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board, while the PMR Group collaborated with the EIDC in its development.

The EIDC, the best-known function of which is overseeing issuance of permits for filming on public property in Los Angeles County, said the goal is for the site to serve as a road map for serious job seekers in all segments of the biz, including production crew, suppliers and post-production and business.

Earlier this year, the EIDC was allocated $742,500 from the state’s Workforce Investment Act for developing an inhouse Entertainment Data Project to help provide strategic guidance in issues such as runaway production and displacement of the workforce through digital technology.

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