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POSITION: Trainee Student Services and Communications Assistant, Redfern (NSW)

Danny Chifley, 17th September 2020
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The Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO), is looking for a Trainee Student Services and Communications Assistant to join the team.

This full-time role is based in the CMTO office in Redfern.

The CMTO is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID 91800) delivering accredited and pathways training to community broadcasters around Australia whose mission statement is 'Media Skills for All'. 

In this role you will gain a unique insight into the media sector, as you will be supporting community radio stations Australia-wide to undertake training.

The successful candidate will undertake a Certificate IV in Screen and Media (CUA41215)* via face-to-face delivery with our CMTO Trainers.

This qualification is designed to give you basic skills and a broad knowledge in the screen, media and entertainment industries.

Throughout your studies you will get an opportunity to plan and produce your own podcast, produce an outside broadcast and produce a radio feature or documentary.

This traineeship is designed to give you valuable insights into the community media sector while gaining on-the-job skills to work in the wider creative industries.

The CMTO strongly encourages applications from young people, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, people from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with disabilities.

Applications are open until 25 September 2020.

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*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

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