ABC State Director South Australia Sandra Winter-Dewhirst together with acting Manager of Technical Services South Australia, Wayne Greatorex awarded one of this year’s ABC Women in Broadcast Technology Scholarships to TAFE SA student, Joanna Karatzas.
On presentation of the scholarship at the ABC’s Collinswood centre, Ms Winter-Dewhirst congratulated the winner and said, ‘These Scholarships are part of the national broadcaster’s commitment to inspiring and promoting the education, training and advancement of engineering among young women in the broadcast industry’.
Each year the ABC provides up to eight scholarships, awarded to women undertaking a technology related discipline at a TAFE institution and committed to a career in broadcasting. The scholarship includes four weeks paid on the job training in technology areas of the ABC, and a $1,000 book allowance.
Acting Manager of Technical Services South Australia, Wayne Greatorex, who joined Ms Winter-Dewhirst at the scholarship’s presentation ceremony, also acknowledged that the technical support of broadcast systems and equipment has been a traditionally male dominated occupation, and praised the scholarship’s long standing history in helping reduce this gender gap.
Mr Greatorex also reiterated the strong technical focus of the program, as well as the unique ability to acquire ‘hands-on’ learning and key technical skills at the national broadcaster – which the scholarship encourages.
“The ABC Women in Broadcast Technology scholarships highlight broadcasting as an area of prospective employment for female engineering and technology students. It provides the opportunity for women to gain a broad range of technical knowledge and experience in the broadcast industry while working in a unique facility such as the ABC in Adelaide”, he said.
This year’s South Australian winner, Joanna Karatzas has a keen interest in electronics, ‘it excites me to learn how and why things work’, she said. Joanna is currently completing an Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications at the TAFE SA Regency Campus.
Inspired and motivated to understand technology in the broadcast industry, Joanna said she would gain invaluable knowledge from the scholarship, and that key broadcast related experience would serve to further her understanding of the ABC, the increasingly ubiquitous nature of broadcasting technologies and related convergence with information technology.
“It will be stimulating to learn the broadcasting processes involved in delivering information to the whole country”, she said. Find out more about Electrical and Electronics at TAFE SA.