Nathan - Media SbAT
Ever wondered what life is like in the media industry? Thinking that a career in Film, TV or Radio might be for you?
School based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are one way to get an insight into careers in the Media Industry. SbATs involve learning on the job one day a week and training half a day a week at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) as well as doing your senior certificate at school.
Nathan Wood from Geelong Baptist College is employed as a SbAT by Victorian Group Training Company with placement at the Pulse Community Radio. Nathan’s family own a production company and his interest in the media field has grown since getting more hands on in the business. This has led to an opportunity to undertake a Certificate III in Media as an SBAT in 2016 through Diversitat Training.
“I do a day at the Pulse on a Friday and go to class (training) on a Wednesday afternoon. I have worked on so many things so far this year including film for Pulse TV, sound recordings for bands, Pako Festa broadcast, the buskers festival in Geelong as well as bumping in events around Geelong and surrounds.”
What's the best bit?
“I got to go and film the Best Beard competition and edit it for Pulse TV. The stories of how all the beards are grown, how long they have been growing them, what
makes up the best beard was just awesome. I really enjoyed it.”
Jeremy Callan, Nathan’s supervisor at The Pulse Community Radio, is full of praise for Nathan and his fellow SbAT’s. “I wish there was something like this available when I was at high school. I spent countless hours to get where I am and an SbAT in Media is such a fantastic opportunity to get in and get real experience in the industry whilst still at school. The students come out ahead of the pack and employable.”
Nathan has found the course helpful. “Having come into this with experience and knowledge from our family business in Media, this SBAT has helped me expand my knowledge and develop my skills especially in editing. I’ve learnt a lot of new techniques and lighting structures, plus what I’ve learnt at Diversitat in terms of using editing programs, new skills and ways to do things. It sets you up for where you can take your skills in the Media area.”
“Last week a group of us were able to do a band recording in the studios on our own. We ran the sound booth, worked out what the band wanted and produced some really cool stuff. I would never have gotten this experience without this SbAT.”