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MEDIA TRAINING There was no programme running this year, but will hopefully start up again next year. “Once approval to run a learnership/internship is received, the SABC advertises on the SABC website, local radio stations and relevant social media platforms. The advertisement will stipulate the application process and the relevant contact details,” he said. e.tv The station’s TV skills training programmes are need- and capacity-based and not necessarily held on a regular basis. Its formal, structured, internship programme only runs if there is funding to pay for the courses from the Media, Information and Communication Technologies SETA. All unemployed South African citizens between the ages of 18 to 35 years can apply, said Jeniffer Maako, learning and development officer at eMedia Investments. The station also encourages people living with disabilities to apply online. “We advertise the programmes on our websites as they become available (www. etv.co.za, www.enca.com and http://www. emediaholdings.co.za),” she said. With 12 students normally accepted for the programme, the training includes camera operation, lighting, editing, sound, auto-cue operation and studio production skills. The courses vary from six months to 12 months. “We can concurrently run four programmes annually,” said Maako. “After successful completion of the programme the learners receive either an FET or National Certificate in Film and Television Production.” The tuition costs of the courses are covered but no accommodation is offered. Learners get paid a minimal stipend which can be used to cover local transport costs. “However, our interns are mentored throughout our programmes, and we aim to give them wellrounded training. Our training motto is Soft Skills + Knowledge = Attitude,” said Maako. The last intake was in October 2017 and similar programmes have been running since 2014. “Access to media training colleges and other tertiary institutions has improved,” she commented, “and there is an overwhelming supply of graduates equipped with the basic skills required to enter the industry. That said, highly-experienced specialists are highlysought after in many key roles.” There is also support for other organisations that develop and train new young talent, she added. • Glynis O’Hara has written about everything from rock ‘n roll to feminist and social issues and has interviewed hundreds of people, from Judge Edwin Cameron to playwright Ariel Dorfman and the musician Sting, during a career that has included a Mail & Guardian column and editorship of Femina and The Big Issue. From left to right - Neo Lesenyeho, Jane Kabai and Eemaan Singlee The Media | wagthedog.co.za P 39


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