Our long partnership with the Community Training Media Organisation (CMTO) ensures community media organisations and their teams can access high-quality accredited training and pathways courses to increase knowledge and skills.

Each year we support skill development for people working in community media via the National Training Project which promotes a positive learning culture, while addressing skills shortages and gaps in community broadcasting. It has a specific focus on regional and remote areas, addressing the particular needs of ethnic, Indigenous and Radio for the Print Handicapped (RPH) broadcasters.

In the past year, the CBF funded training to over 2000 community media volunteers and paid staff in 295 community media organisations around Australia. This included:

  • 49 accredited units in Certificate III, Screen and Media
  • 82 pathways courses in broadcasting and leadership skills
  • 24 leadership and technical skills webinars
  • 3 mentorship programs in leadership, crisis response and journalism
  • 338 successfully completed online self-paced courses.

In addition, 80% of course can now be delivered online or as blended learning.

The Leadership and Enterprise Training program was established in 2019/20 to improve business, leadership, management and social enterprise skills for community media volunteers and paid workers. In 2020/21 the program:

  • created 1218 new leadership and enterprise training places for 220 community media organisations
  • delivered leadership and enterprise skills workshops for 624 people
  • ran 6 customised workshops at national and regional conferences/summits
  • delivered the THINK BIG Online Learning & Mentoring 12-week course and TAKE IT ON series of professional development workshops to 242
  • expanded delivery partnerships to include Urban Village Media, Griffith University, First Nations Media Australia, Goolarri Media, National Ethnic & Multiculutural Broadcasters’ Council, and Vision Australia.
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