For the third consecutive year, a TasTAFE IT student has won the ABC’s Women in Broadcast Technology Scholarship. This year the honour went to Nengjia Qiu who is doing a Certificate IV in IT at TasTAFE.
On presentation of the scholarship at the ABC’s Hobart centre, Deputy General Manager Technology, Margaret Cassidy, congratulated Ms Qiu and said, “these Scholarships are part of the national broadcaster’s commitment to promote the education, training and advancement of technical careers among women in the broadcast industry”.
Nengjia was required to submit a formal application addressing key selection criteria for the role, which also involved an interview process. Currently completing a Certificate IV in Information Technology, Nengjia’s studies have helped foster her passion for technology and online media, an interest she had held from a young age. “As a kid, I got my hands on a computer when it was just becoming popular… I was fascinated by what it could do,” she said.
Ms Qiu, who enjoys a challenge, says the Scholarship provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and to learn new skills. “I would like to know more about how the broadcast industry works and how I can prepare myself to be a qualified technologist,” she said.
Other TasTAFE students to receive the scholarship are Samita Pokhrel (2016) and Meg Crowe (2015).
The scholarships are bestowed annually by ABC Technology to women who are undertaking a technology-related discipline at a TAFE institution or similar, and have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in broadcasting. The successful applicants are awarded $1,000 and four weeks of paid employment which provides work experience in Technology areas of the ABC.
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