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New Broadcast Skills at NMIT

18 Jan 2007

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE's (NMIT) Koorie Services Centre will introduce a new training program in Broadcasting to meet the demand from the Koorie community for vocational expertise for a diverse range of radio skills.

Recently re-accredited by the Victorian Government, Certificate II in Aboriginal Community Radio includes nine modules designed to equip students with technical skills and interview and research skills. The training will also ensure the presentation of an Aboriginal voice through raising the awareness of Aboriginal culture.

Over the past few years, the number of Aboriginal community radio stations has increased across the country with communication through radio providing a vital link to the broader community for Aboriginal communities.

In 2003, 3KND - an Aboriginal community radio station based in Preston, began operating and now broadcast 24-hours a day, seven day a week and in 2007 will be relocating to a new facility closer to the Koorie Services Centre at NMIT.

Since the beginning of its broadcasting on the airwaves, there has been a lot of excitement and interest within the Aboriginal community and NMIT decided to introduce the course based on the training needs of the community.

NMIT Head of the Koorie Services Centre, Cath Sedunary, said the course was designed to recognise the particular sensitivities and considerations of being an Aboriginal broadcaster with its unique protocols and specific content.

'We are very excited that we are offering this innovative course in 2007 and look forward to continuing our close working relationship with 3KND and the community,' Cath said.

She added innovative new technological equipment will be set up at the Koorie Services Centre at NMIT's Preston campus with new staff with broadcasting industry experience to teach the course complemented by existing staff.

'The benefits of studying this course are beyond just the acquisition of broadcast skills. New knowledge and expertise also helps build confidence and boost self-esteem for the students as well as give them public speaking and research skills that can be portable. The employment outcomes can be diverse,' Cath added.

Students would also have access for some hands-on training experience at 3KND, where the managers of the Koorie Services Centre, Kelly Faldon and Wanda Braybrook broadcast on a regular basis. 3KND currently has about 60 broadcast volunteers working at the station.

The development of the qualification was funded by the Government Office of Training and Tertiary Education under the annual curriculum development fund.

It will address three priority areas for the Aboriginal community including creating more pathways, developing, designing and delivering culturally appropriate products and providing links to employment.

The Koorie Services Centre at NMIT is also offering the following courses in 2007:

Certificate IV in Aboriginal Family Violence Work
Certificate IV in Community Services Work
Certificate II & III in Multimedia
Certificate I & II in Learning Pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and
Certificate III in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts.

Course Inquiries to the Koorie Services Centre Tel: (03) 9269-1339

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on 03 9269 1579, 0413 483 182 or jamesgardener@nmit.edu.au

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce.  NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.