CIFAP is increasing the employability of its Radio Journalism graduates by introducing them to Radio-Assist
CIFAP, the centre for continuous vocational training in broadcast disciplines, incorporates instruction in the use of Radio AssistTM at its radio training facilities. The goal: to help the trainees to master the radio automation software most frequently used by radio broadcasters and to enable these broadcasters to employ new staff who are perfectly operational.
Marie Kieffer, Director of Training at CIFAP says:
In broadcast production, creativity, relevance and quality are paramount. The tool used also needs to be an ally, to the point where it can be forgotten, to allow professionals to focus on the substance and the form of their subject.The Radio-Assist solution has precisely this ability, thanks to its intuitiveness: it rapidly becomes one with the professional, who can utilize the full power of its features and employ it to serve their core business.
Radio-Assist is chosen for its intuitiveness and its reputation
In addition to her career as executive producer, Marie Kieffer has collaborated with many radios over the course of around 20 years. When she joined CIFAP, one of her priorities was to revitalize the dedicated range and to incorporate learning of a cutting-edge post-production solution. Her goal: to enable those training in the professions of presenter, journalist and technician-producer to be as competitive as possible. These recently-available intensive courses run for 12 to 14 weeks.
Marie Kieffer emphasizes:
Radio-Assist was the best possible solution for inclusion in our training courses. In terms of the different post-production tools I have had cause to employ, Radio-Assist is the most obvious one to use, because of its high-calibre standard. The speed with which it can be learnt therefore leaves more time for the trainees to tackle other vital aspects of the new profession in which we are training them. Another reason for choosing NETIA’s solution is its reputation with the market.
Greater satisfaction for clients, enhanced employability for trainees
The radios that are clients of the training centre, including the Radio France group, are mostly equipped with Radio AssistTM as a post-production and broadcasting tool. Incorporating this instruction in the Radio training sessions also meets the specific needs of these broadcasting companies which regularly rely on CIFAP to enhance the skills and expertise of their staff.
Marie Kieffer notes: Our trainees also include many radio professionals undergoing retraining and independent-learning students, often radio staff in band B and C posts who would like to progress and move on to more rewarding positions. It’s not a matter of selling them a dream: our training sessions are there to help them to acquire practical, everyday skills, in keeping with the expectations of the market. Our goal is to help improve their employability, to optimize their chance of being rapidly recruited. Learning to use Radio-Assist is an asset to them in achieving this purpose.
NETIA and CIFAP, partners in supporting the trainees over the long term
The inclusion of instruction in the use of Radio-Assist in the CIFAP training sessions is set out in a partnership agreement between NETIA and the training centre.
Marie Kieffer concludes: From our point of view, the signing of this agreement was essential because it professionalizes our approach. We are thus assured of benefiting from all of the latest versions of NETIA’s solutions.
This partnership between NETIA and CIFAP furthermore allows people undergoing retraining to download a version of the software after completing their course, so that they can continue with their training at home, until they find employment. At the same time they continue to receive support from CIFAP.