Nikole Gunn

Radio training expands at Holmesglen

The recent closure of Melbourne’s Radio Training Institute has had people asking where aspiring radio ‘stars’ will go to get the necessary training.

While not a direct result of RTI’s demise, Holmesglen Chadstone Campus is now planning to expand a course offering for those interested in a career in radio.

From next year, it will offer an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio and TV) with an initial intake of 20 students from a variety of study backgrounds.

Around half of the syllabus is dedicated to radio covering aspects such as production, script writing, voice overs, news, announcing, show producing, conducting/recording interviews and creating radio shows in a dedicated campus radio studio.

Smooth 91.5 Breakfast producer Lauren Saylor is a Holmesglen graduate and one of the course lecturers.

“I studied at Holmesglen in 2006 after finishing Year 12, and it gave me the fundamental skills that I use in every day Breakfast radio life!

“To also come back full circle, in a lecture and teaching capacity is so rewarding. Especially when you see the next crop of show producers, audio production and announcers come through the course.

“These students have the same drive and hunger as I did when I studied, so I can’t wait to see their next steps into commercial radio.”

In the past year, Holmesglen has invested in RCS’ Zetta and Gselector with radio studios and facilities of industry standard. Saylor says it gives students a taste of radio ‘real life’.

“Being able to hone their craft with professional programs, definitely gives them a one-up advantage! And it’s so wonderful in 2018 to see that those who it gives have the passion for: radio, broadcasting and podcasting have the opportunities to access high-tech equipment and create content that’s of industry standards.”

The next Holmesglen – Chadstone Campus, Open Day is Thursday August 9 2018 – register for Open Day head here, while more info on the course is available here.

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