Lachlan makes his mark in animation

18-year old Lachlan Seddon from Currambine has come a long way since leaving school – completing almost five qualifications in Digital Technology, obtaining a Scholarship and securing a job as an animator.

“It’s hard to believe that the stuff I used to do on my computer in my bedroom at night is now the stuff I’m getting paid to do in a real, serious job,” said Lachlan.

Lachlan struggled academically at school, so after Year 10 he decided to put his interest in computing and art to good use and enrolled in the Certificate II in Digital Technology at North Metropolitan TAFE.

Knowing immediately that he’d made the right training choice, Lachlan continued on to study the Certificate III, IV and Diploma of Digital Technology at the Joondalup campus. Through an initiative set up by the college’s IT and Media department, he got the opportunity to participate in a two-week work experience program with a local training and technology company, Tap into Safety.

Tap into Safety’s CEO Sue Bahn said they were so impressed with Lachlan’s expertise and creativity during his work experience, they decided to employ him through a six-month Australian Computer Society (ACS) Foundation Scholarship.

“Tap into Safety required animations for a series of mental health early intervention videos for school students with topics like cyber bullying, risk management, negotiation and time management,” said Sue.

“Lachie was a stand-out straight away not only because he was young, skilled and motivated; but because he had the ability to animate in the style that we required under the supervision of our Creative Lead.”

Sue explained that Lachlan’s scholarship has been extended for a further six months whilst he completes the Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media and that Tap into Safety plan to offer him full-time employment at the end of his scholarship.

“Lachie is a clever and highly-motivated employee who has gone above and beyond what is expected,” said Sue. “His animations are creative and humorous and the videos he has helped create together with our Creative Lead have already been shown to over 300 local school children.”

Lachlan explained that animation work in Perth is hard to come by so he is proud that he has been able to achieve this at such a young age.

“I’ve never even had a job before so I’m pretty stoked that I’ve been able to fit so perfectly into my new role,” he said. “I’m enjoying my new found independence and even though at times the pressure is on, I love the fact that I can now support myself.”

Boom Producer a HOT-FM Commodity

North Metro TAFE’s radio courses continue to go from strength to strength, with yet another student hired, this time by Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Bunbury.

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting) student, Monique Gundry has been recruited by SCA Bunbury’s Imaging and Production team as a producer for HOT-FM and RadioWest.

Prior to her recruitment, Monique was the Production Manager and Breakfast host for Boom Radio.

Boom Radio is North Metro TAFE’s student run radio station designed to provide students with tangible experience running a station before entering the industry.

Students complete placements on commercial radio stations organised through Redwave Media and in their final year are immersed in the day to day operation of Boom Radio to simulate working life in the industry.

Coupled with her responsibilities as Production Manager and Breakfast host, Monique hosted Boom’s late night Drum and Bass show that has been nominated for ‘Best Music Show’ by international college radio platform RadioFlag.

North Metro TAFE’s radio training is an industry leader in the field and Boom Radio presenters are sought after by commercial stations across the country to host their shows.

Last year Boom Radio was awarded ‘College Radio Station of the Year 2015’ at the RadioFlag, RadioStar Awards in the USA and in 2015, four students and Boom Radio hosts were hired for two different radio stations.

More information on North Metro’s Radio courses

Springboard Bridging the Gender Gap

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Bridging the workforce gender gap is an ambitious goal, but Central, in collaboration with Uniting Care is taking action.

UnitingCare Australia, in partnership Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has launched The Springboard Project – an initiative to create employment opportunities for vulnerable women.

The goal of the project is to select, train, mentor and employ vulnerable women to provide them with jobs and future career pathways within the community and aged care services of the UnitingCare network.

The Springboard Project evolved through collaboration between Minister Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women and Employment; and Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

While the project’s primary focus is to support women into the workforce, the program is also open to men interested in working in the community sector.

Perth was the first location to trial The Springboard Project and Central screened and selected participants for the project.

Central also provided the four-week pre-employment program for participants and mentors, who support the participants throughout the training and during their subsequent employment.

The training includes a mixture of accredited training from Central and non-accredited and on the job training with mentors from UnitingCare West.

Successful graduates will be offered a role at UnitingCare West as Community Support Workers in disability services.

In the Perth trial, 14 participants were selected (12 women 2 men), with all but three being referred to the project by the Department of Employment’s Jobactive program.

Following a review of the Perth trial, the project is expected to be rolled out nationally across all UnitingCare sites.

Video produced by UnitingCare West


WA Governor visits campus

The 32nd Governor of Western Australia, Kerry Sanderson AO, visited Central on last week to tour the facilities, and meet Central staff and students.

Her Excellency has been Governor of WA since October 2014 and is the first woman to hold the position. She was previously a businesswoman and senior public servant.

The Governor met with Managing Director Neil Fernandes and Executive Director Peter Ebell to discuss Central, its courses and facilities.


Her Excellency began her tour at the GreenSkills Centre in East Perth, where she learnt about the unique, and award-winning sustainability elements of the building and how the whole facility can be used as a teaching tool.

She then visited the new hospitality-training centre, ‘Chalk and Cheese’ in Northbridge, to  enjoy a coffee and morning tea.

While there, the Governor mingled with students and lecturers and discussed the new hospitality course and training centre, and how the latter operates as a trading café and teaching tool simultaneously.


Career Change Sounds Good

The thought of abandoning one career for a completely fresh start in another is a daunting prospect. Conversely, not taking the chance to pursue your passion can lead to nagging regret.

Rosie Antonas is one of an increasing number of people who are choosing to re-skill and make the big change. Rosie came to Central Institute of Technology in 2014 and has since completed a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Sound Production. This has already led to work on a number of high profile events as she starts to make a name for herself in her new career.

Previously, Rosie had worked for a community newspaper, but soon realised journalism wasn’t for her. After careful consideration, she decided on a career change into the world of sound production.

She chose to study at Central, partly because of its blend of theoretical and practical learning, and partly because of the opportunities to gain work experience.

“I enjoyed studying at Central because I could learn from people still active in the music industry and use their industry links to work with different people outside of CIT on a voluntary basis, to gain more experience before graduating”, Rosie said.

Central is experienced in transitioning people into new careers; it has the industry links and support structures in place to ensure that those changing career can do so smoothly.

Rosie found her lecturers knew exactly how to get the best out of her so she could reach her potential.

“Everyone was really encouraging and supportive with the path I wanted to take, and they helped make it possible”, she said.

Since completing her studies, Rosie has gone on to work on several high profile WA events.

Earlier this year, Rosie managed the Noodle Palace’s Bok Choy Ballroom for the 2016 Perth Fringe Festival. This included orchestrating the sound and light for all 84 shows at the venue, over the duration of the festival.

Last year, she prepared the sound and lighting for the Aboriginal event Desert Feet – a West Australian based music project, using the arts to create educational and musical opportunities in remote communities.

Rosie’s involvement included recording, mixing and mastering the anthem ‘Bombers Flying High’, in the Desert Feet Truck Studio in Warralong for the Western Desert football League.

Boom Radio Wins College Radio Station of the Year

Central’s student run Boom Radio has just been awarded ‘College Radio Station of the Year 2015’ at the RadioFlag, RadioStar Awards in the USA.

The success of Boom Radio is due to Central’s commitment to providing students with real industry experience and a live broadcasting channel.

Students in their final year of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio) run Boom Radio. They are immersed in the day-to-day responsibilities of a commercial radio station before entering the industry.

Before working on the station, radio students complete work placements on commercial radio stations organised through Redwave Media, to develop industry networks and practical experience.

It has been a successful twelve months for Boom Radio with presenter Ophelia Standley Thompson winning best music show for ‘Full Metal Jacket’ at the RadioStar Fall Awards held in July 2015.

Earlier in 2015 Central Alumni member Gemma Maddox won the Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) for ‘Best Music Director’ in a country market for her work on the Max FM station in Taree NSW.

RadioFlag is US based organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting college radio. At the end of each year, RadioFlag chooses a College Radio ‘Station of the Year’ winner. It presents the award to the college station that demonstrates the best unified effort to grow their audience and connect with listeners.

Central is an industry leader in radio training and development, with Boom Radio presenters sought after by commercial stations to host their shows.

Course Coordinator Phillip Vinciullo credited the internationally recognised success of Boom Radio to a learning environment dedicated to delivering on industry needs and expectations.

“In 2015 four radio students and Boom Radio hosts were hired for two different shows on two different radio stations”, he said.

“We have an excellent strike rate for our graduates.”

Ricky’s Flash Award

Everyone seems to fancy themselves as a photographer these days, but just because you have a camera, doesn’t mean you’re a photographer, it takes talent and hard work.

Proving this point is third year photography student Ricky Gestro who recently won the coveted Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s (AIPP) National Student of the Year Award.

Ricky placed above all the other entries from students in Australia to take out the prestigious prize.

Students are scored alongside professional industry entries and critiqued by the same judges.

To receive an award, the student must submit work of a high professional standard both technically and creatively.

Fellow Central photography students Lisa Anfuso and Melissa Mitchell received gold awards at the AIPP awards, with a number of other Central students receiving silver distinctions and awards

Silver awards and above are considered to be above industry competency and are a testament to the passion of the students and the quality of teaching.

Congratulations to Ricky and all other award winners.

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