QRAM Training in 2013

Studio TrainingQRAM and Tropical North Queensland TAFE are pleased to announce their 2013 training program will commence in the first semester of 2013. Together we deliver Certificate II in Creative Industries, Certificate III in Media and, in 2013 we are introducing Certificate IV in Creative Industries.

This is good news after uncertainty about TAFE funding and delays in the registration of  the Certificate IV.

The training sessions are in Cairns, run from the QRAM training facility in Greenslopes Street,Edge Hill.  They  are set out in 1 week blocks and spread over the 4 semesters.   Final training dates will be confirmed shortly, please check back here soon!

Employment in the primary aim of QRAM’s training programs and jobs are available in local stations for our course graduates, along with transition to work support from the QRAM team.

QRAM is the top training facility in North Queensland and a great place to come and learn.  It has purpose-built training facility that mirrors the RIBS community radio studios in our network. Broadcasters trained at QRAM can walk into any network station and feel confident that they can do the job.

On completion of training, the broadcasters receive support from QRAM network coordinator, both by phone and via the  two-way broadband highway that QRAM has developed. The Co-ordinator manages a help line and is able to tunnel directly in to the play out system screen and assist the broadcaster and talk them through any problems.

The Indigenous Unit at NQ TAFE are very experienced with training needs and issues for students from remote communities; their priority is the students and student support. TAFE is a one stop shop;  they organise enrolments, abstudy, and travel from the communities, accommodation, daily travel, meals and additional allowances. TAFE recruit the certified trainers and pay their costs.

QRAM supplies the premises and  the training facilities including laptops, studio equipment and admin support to the training team.

There is a no nonsense professional approach to training and it is well accepted by the broadcasters themselves. TAFE visit the students and liaise with the training team on a daily basis, so any issues that arise are handled on the spot and in person. There is no “tick and flick”; all participants go through rigorous training in the 4 week block training and have to challenge themselves.

Our training team is made up of experienced Industry people across Community, Commercial, and Public Broadcasting and Multimedia.

Besides core radio broadcasting skills, new training areas in 2013 will focus on foundation IT skills, approaches to new technology and social media in a workplace context and a focus on the new role for radio stations in our remote network with the role of the Black Star network.  Communities are demanding more of their radio stations and RIBS staff are no longer  just DJ’s there to play requests. Communities want the same level of service that people get in the rest of the country and what is wrong with that?  Local news, community information, and essential services such as weather, road report and  health notifications sit at the heart of the service with a wide range of music to suit the tastes of the broader community.

With the roll out of the NBN, opportunities for remote radio broadcasting are opening up and QRAM, with our training partners, will ensure that quality training is there to meet this new demand.

After enquiries to partner with high schools to provide training to students, QRAM is looking at school-based apprenticeships; with the trainee based 2 days a week at the radio stations in Weipa, NPA, and Kowanyama. This would be a capacity building project for these communities, building on the new opportunities through QRAM’s multi-platform initiatives and the general appeal of the Black Star network services.  These engage with youth in a positive and real way and also gives students access and supervision at a real radio station to learn the industry from a workplace perspective.

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