155 young people, up and coming media professionals, have been given a chance to hone and stage their talents in a critical skills development initiative for the electronic media and film industries.
The 155 young people were accommodated under a partnership of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta). The two organizations came together to offer bursaries to 135 students in the film industry, electronic media and related studies. They also facilitated creation of 20 internship positions.
The organizations said the initiative was designed to address shortages of adequately skilled persons within the relevant industries and from historically marginalized communities.
The beneficiaries were revealed at a function held at Sandton Sun in Johannesburg this week. The organizations said the interns were shortlisted from thousands of applications received and the final selection was made from the interviews that were conducted.
The 20 interns have been placed at different organizations for their work experience, six interns are at the NFVF, ten at SABC and four at Quizzical Pictures. The placements were made on the basis of their academic qualifications and areas of intended career focus. The internship programme will run for a period of eight months, affording the interns an opportunity for permanent employment should there be a vacancy relevant to their field. In terms of the bursary scheme, the selected students are enrolled for film and television related qualifications at various accredited South African institutions of higher learning.
NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi said this is a very important initiative in terms skills development and exposing graduates to the work environment which increases their chances of being employable. “One of the biggest challenge we have in this country is unemployment and a contributing factors to this challenge is the fact that graduates often lack the basic work experience that entry level jobs require, and they find themselves not sufficiently meeting the job requirements. The NFVF is very honoured to be making a contribution in an effort to close this gab. We hope that all the interns will enjoy and learn a lot from the experience they will receive at the organizations at which they have been placed. To the bursary recipients, we wish them all the best in their academic life. May they use this opportunity to lay a good foundation for their respective careers,” says Mkosi.
MICT Seta will conduct site visits to organizations where interns are placed as well as to tertiary institutions where students are enrolled. The purpose of such visits would be to monitor the progress of the two programmes and to ensure that the set objectives are met.
“In allocating grant funding towards government agencies such as NFVF for this project, the MICT SETA is well on track in redressing South Africa’s MICT Skills gaps and ensuring that access to specialized professions such as Electronic Media and Film are created for our young people,” says Mr. Oupa Mopaki, CEO of the MICT SETA.
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