A new film about workplace bullying is now being used as an educational tool in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges.
Broadmeadows TAFE in NSW was the first to screen the movie in an educational context, and it has since been shown at the Kangan Institute of TAFE in Somerton, Victoria.
The premise of the film is based around dispute resolution resulting from workplace bullying, says Allan Davis, first year apprentice coordinator for the Built and Natural Environments department at the Kangan Institute.
The film, titled ‘Face to Face’, is based on a John Williamson play of the same name and was directed by Michael Rymer. It stars well-known Australian actors Vince Colosimo, Sigrid Thornton, Matthew Newton and Luke Ford.
Davis says the film provides “an in-depth look at how a joke can easily turn into something much more sinister”.
Around 130 VET students (from Certificate III and Diploma courses) attended the screening at the Kangan Institute, as well as staff. The screening was backed up by key speakers in order to highlight the consequences of workplace bullying.
Proskill workwear chief executive Chris Doolan introduced the movie, and Kangan Institute technical group general manager Phill Murphy spoke about the Institute’s policies on bullying, and urged staff and students not only to refrain from bullying, but to also report bullying to the appropriate people.
Khan Churchill and Lewis Burnside from INCOLINC briefed attendees about drug and alcohol counselling services, and also the support offered to apprentices.
The final speaker, Work Safe inspector Les Cameron, spoke about bullying cases that had reached the court systems, citing examples relevant to apprentices.
The results of a survey conducted at the end of the event, showed that of the 82 surveys returned, a staggering 45% of the people surveyed admitted to being the victim of bullying.
On the up-side, 99.5% of attendees said they took a positive message away with them.
Davis said the survey’s results “highlight what a massive problem this is when even in our own TAFE, learners are being bullied”.
“Hopefully facilitators may now have one more tool at their disposal to wipe this bullying mindset out,” he added.
A trailer for the anti-bullying film appears below.
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