ET Australia Magazine Issue #2 February 2018

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ET Australia’s annual student & community magazine.

ET Australia’s annual student &

community magazine

#2 2018

MAGAZINE

Meet the

Trainer

Dione Terrantroy –

Around the world

and back again

Year 10

Graduation

Class of 2017

celebrate in style

Keleah’s Early

Learning Centre

Quality traineeship

service delivery

from ET Australia

ETASC 2017 Cross

Curriculum Learning

ET Australia Assists

Amber With Her Career

Change to Aged Care

Activities designed to

be inclusive, thought

provoking and tied to the

NSW curriculum


Welcome

to 2018

At ET Australia, in our adult

training college and Independent

Year 7 to Year 10 Secondary

College, we are providing students

with the skills to be successful

in employment and/or further

studies along with delivering

customised training and free

recruitment services to business.

Tony Mylan, CEO, ET Australia

In 2017, ET Australia completed a

number of strategic milestones that

underpin future growth.

Here’s a snapshot:

■■In July 2017 we acquired the building

located at 125 Donnison Street

Gosford which is next to where

we currently reside in the Parkside

Building. Our adult training college

has re-located to 125 Donnison

Street and the premises have been

renovated to include brand new

training rooms and new work and

amenity areas for students and staff.

The space vacated in the Parkside

building has been renovated to

expand our Year 7 to Year 10

school, ET Australia Secondary

College (ETASC), from 100 to 150

students. ETASC has 2 additional

new fully equipped classrooms ready

to accommodate this increase in

student enrolments.

■■Our adult training college successfully

underwent re-registration with ASQA

certifying us to deliver nationally

recognised vocational training

programs until the end of 2025.

■■Our training college is rapidly

becoming a preferred provider of

employees for aged care facilities

on the Central Coast. We have

consolidated partnerships with

BlueWave Living and Killarney

Court Aged Care facilities to deliver

multiple employment programs

providing direct employment

opportunities for

our students in 2018 and beyond.

■■We have gained further Smart

& Skilled funding from the

NSW Government to run our first half

2018 timetabled vocational training

programs.

In 2017 37 Year 10 ETASC students

graduated and our training college

awarded 130 full qualification

certificates in the disciplines of

business, aged care and early

childhood education and care.

In 2018 ET Australia will continue

to seek out further opportunities to

partner with businesses on the

Central Coast to deliver mutually

beneficial employment outcomes for

our students.

ET Australia always

welcomes your feedback.

Please drop us a line at

email@etaustralia.com

Contents

ET Australia is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID 90084)

delivering Nationally Recognised Training qualifications.

P4 From Way out West Meet the Teacher

– Jasmyn Du Plessis

P6 ETASC Year 10 Graduation 2017

P8 Teacher’s Guidance

Pays Off For Brittney

P9 Is Your Child’s Current School

the Right Fit?

P10 ET Australia Secondary College

2017 Cross Curriculum Learning

P12 Around the World and Back Again

P14 Why You Should Invest

in Hiring a Trainee in 2018

P15 Keleah’s Enjoying Quality Traineeship

Service Delivery From ET Australia

P16 Amber’s Career Change to Aged Care

P17 Joylajane Works Her Way Through

Multiple Vocational Training

Certificates in Business

P18 BlueWave Living

Employment Program Success

P20 Green Army, That’s a Wrap

P22 Gosford Cubbyhouse – Assisting

ET Australia Students Achieve Results

P23 Upcoming 2018 Training Programs

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On the Cover –

ET Australia Training College

Graduate Amber Tuckfield

ET Australia

Board of Directors

Paul Tonkin

Deputy

Chairman

& Public Officer

Partner & Lawyer –

Tonkin Drysdale

Partners

Tim Cullen

Treasurer

Graham McGuinness

Chairman

Managing Director

and Consultant –

Delgarah Pty Ltd

Michael North

Director

Tim Cornish

Director

Managing

Director –

North

Constructions

Alan Williams

Director

Director

and Chief

Technology

Officer –

Blink Mobile

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Mikaylah Boyden

Shares Her Experience

Studying at ET Australia

Secondary College

I started life enjoying school, my primary school experience was cheerful, and I was

a well behaved, happy primary school student. However when I started secondary

study in a mainstream setting it did not take me long to disengage. I was miserable,

and could not wait to leave.

I decided to pursue a career

in hairdressing, obtaining an

apprenticeship with a local

business. I was excited by the

opportunity, committed, passionate

and hardworking. It was after 3

months that I realised my taxes and

superannuation had not been paid

and I still hadn’t been formally signed

up as an apprentice. It was a knock

to my confidence and motivation.

My boyfriend Joel recommended I try

studying at ET Australia Secondary

College (ETASC), he had attended the

school, graduating from Year10 in 2015.

I visited the campus, I enrolled, and

before I knew it, I was sitting in an

ETASC classroom. I was finally part of

something that was right for me and

I made some great friendships in my

first year.

The learning environment at

ETASC is different. The teachers

are professional, delivering the

curriculum in a unique and engaging

way. I loved the supportive, caring

and nurturing learning atmosphere

ETASC provided, the teachers really

want you to succeed.

I graduated and achieved my Year

10 RoSA in 2016 and since then

have worked at Kellie’s Bakery at

The Entrance part time and have just

landed a fulltime Traineeship with

Service NSW this year.

I have such a supportive family and

partner which has had a huge impact

on my success. I strive to be a good

role model for my siblings as my

mum has been for me. My mum is

passionate, driven and devoted to

achieving her goals, her attitude

towards life is refreshing and she is

my biggest inspiration.

Mikaylah receiving her RoSA at the

Year 10 2016 graduation ceremony from

ETASC teacher Jasmyn Du Plessis

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From Way out West

Meet the Teacher – Jasmyn Du Plessis.

From South Africa to the scenic Central Coast

and everywhere in between.

Whenever someone asks me where

I‘m from, I never know how to answer

the question. I was born in Pretoria,

South-Africa in the season of spring

and was named after the jasmine

flowers blossoming at the time. We

moved east closer to the coast when

I was four. I grew up in a different

environment than most people. My

school was covered in high barbed

wire fences, not to keep students in

but to keep us safe and unwanted

guests out. Our pets were police

trained German Shepherds and a cute

little Vervet monkey called “Aapie”.

My Dad has always been an

adventurous person and I certainly

inherited his genes. My brother and

I were taken spear fishing, jet skiing

and deep sea fishing in Mozambique

and on paragliding adventures early

on in life. I have swum with a whale

shark, dolphins, sea lions and touched

a whale in the wild.

My brother and I would visit my

cousins on their game farm and by

the age of 10 we would take the land

rover and hunt small game without

adult supervision. One of my dad’s

favourite games was to get very close

to the hippopotamus bulls and quickly

speed off when they began to charge.

Growing up in Africa was an amazing

experience!

I had to leave my country of birth

by the age of 12 as the stability and

safety of my hometown began to

crumble. My Dad could see there

was no future for my siblings and I

if we were to stay. I am now proud

and happy to call Australia home,

however, I will always feel a deep

emotional connection with Africa. We

arrived in Australia in 1998, bought a

car in Perth and drove the 2200km to

a small little town in regional South-

Australia called Wudinna. Leaving

all of our family behind and starting

in a new country where we had tp

speak a new language was made so

much easier thanks to the wonderful

people who were now to become

Jasmyn and her ETASC colleagues

My Dad has always been an adventurous person and

I certainly inherited his genes. My brother and I were

taken spear fishing, jet skiing and deep sea fishing in

Mozambique...

Jasmyn handing out RoSA awards

I had to leave my country

of birth by the age of 12

as the stability and safety

of my hometown began

to crumble.

our support and extended family. The

town organised a party for us with

large banners saying ‘Welcome”.

They would repeat this kind gesture

on our return from South-Africa after

our yearly holidays as my dad was the

only doctor within 250 km and the first

they had stay in 5 years. During this

time there were two occasions where

we were given short notice to vacate

the country due to visa constraints. The

town respectfully told the immigration

department they would block the only

major highway connecting West to

East with their tractors if we were not

allowed to stay. Thanks Wudinna! The

people of that town were a large part

of my upbringing and have contributed

to the person I am today. My Year 7

teacher would repeatedly tell me “you

need to become a teacher” so that’s

what I did.

From year 9 I went to boarding

school in the Barossa Valley. Dad was

known as the flying doctor and on

route to visiting other remote towns

would drop me at school. Although

difficult to be away from home I

enjoyed being in a school where

my academic and sporting abilities

were fully engaged. My parents

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then moved to a larger town called

Whyalla and again I had to move

schools to complete year 11 and 12.

Although I excelled in my sport, I was

bullied and isolated by other students

due to my nationality. Whyalla was not

as welcoming to outsiders and shortly

afterwards we made the move to the

Central Coast, NSW. Unfortunately as I

was in my final year at school, I had to

stay behind. Due to my excellent skill

of avoiding school my grades dropped

significantly. However, I still managed

to enroll in a Bachelor of Science and

Bachelor of Education double degree.

I learnt in those last two years what a

significant difference good teachers

make. I had a gap year and worked as

a medical receptionist on the Central

Coast and at the start of 2006 I packed

up my little car and drove to Adelaide to

attend Flinders University. I loved being

able to spread my wings and have the

ability to test boundaries. I knew from

my first school practical experience that

I had chosen the right degree. I enjoyed

interacting with students, watching

them learn and grow.

My first teaching job was in a small

town in the Flinders Ranges and

recently engaged I had to live 250km

away from my fiancé, I put many

kilometers on my car in that year.

I loved working in the country,

the people were friendly and very

supportive. That first year was a big

one for me; I was married in October

2011 and expecting my first child by

November. We then decided that it

was time to move back to NSW as

I wanted the support of my family.

With two cars and a small truck

packed to the roof we relocated

to Lake Macquarie. I went back to

working as a Medical Receptionist

trying to find work while pregnant.

Jasmyn and ETASC English

teacher Kim enjoying

the ETASC Taronga Zoo

excursion late last year

I eventually got a temporary contract

at Glendale High and was ecstatic to

be back in the classroom. It had taken

a year and a half to find a position as

a teacher.

When my contract expired I was

fortunate to land the Mathematics

teaching position here at ETASC. My

first year, which included a brief break

for the birth of my second daughter,

was a positive experience and I knew

that this was where I was meant to

be. I had never worked so hard in my

whole life, but also never enjoyed my

job as much. The support of my fellow

ETASC colleagues is like none I have

ever experienced, and the relationships

I have built with students will stay

with me forever. When the role for

Student Development Coordinator

became available I was very quick

to apply. As well as being important

for my own career path, I am greatly

looking forward to guiding students

through their Pathway Plans and

ensuring they are well taken care of

when they leave us. I am proud to be

part of a team that are so dedicated to

changing young people’s lives for the

better and I look forward to the future

development of our school.

Jasmyn with her two daughters

The support of my

fellow ETASC colleagues

is like none I have ever

experienced...

Jasmyn passing on feedback

to Year 10 students

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ET Austra

Secondary

Class of 2017 Graduat

Year 10 students celebrate their accomplishments

and reflect on their last year at ETASC.

ET Australia Secondary College

Year 10 students celebrated

their achievements at the annual

College Year 10 graduation

ceremony held at Diggers at

The Entrance on Thursday 7th

December 2017.

Students, parents and teachers

celebrated students completing

their Record of School Achievement

(RoSA) and being recognised for their

achievements throughout the year by

being presented with their College

graduate certificates.

College volunteers were also

recognised for giving their time and

effort throughout the year receiving

a certificate of appreciation.

Right and below:

Year 10 ETASC Students

celebrating their

achievements

Congratulations to all Year 10 2017 graduates

and special thanks to our volunteer team

for their time and effort.

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lia

College

ion

Above: Year 10 Graduating Class of

2017 with their teachers.

Right: John Lenton, Assistant

Principal, addressing the audience.

Congratulations to our

ET Australia Secondary College

2017 subject award winners:

Nathan Pickard

First place in History

First place in Mathematics

First place in PDHPE

First place in Science

Nathan Woodward

Congratulations to Nathan Woodward on being

awarded the Principal’s Award which recognises high

standards of overall achievement, attitude, academic

progress and involvement in the school community.

Lilith Jones

First place in English

First place in Geography

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Teacher’s Guidance Pays

Off For Brittney

Brittney’s educational journey started

positively, but like many students, she

stopped enjoying school during her

secondary years and as a result had

started missing classes. Her welfare

teacher at Brisbane Water Secondary

College (Umina campus) suggested

that studying at ET Australia

Secondary College (ETASC) may be

the right fit for her. ‘I wasn’t sure at

first but after chatting with a friend

who had attended ETASC, it felt

like it could be for me, and I haven’t

regretted the decision once!’

ETASC provided a very safe and

supportive learning environment. The

strict anti-bullying policy means you

don’t have to worry about what anyone

else thinks and you can just focus

on learning. The different teaching

techniques really helped me improve

my learning skills and I benefitted from

all the extra support, especially the

option of after school classes.’

Brittney went on to receive high

grades and shared that she even

surprised herself when she received

the Principals Award at her Year 10

graduation in 2014. Her Year 10

experience was so positive she made

the decision to study Year 11 & 12 at

Brisbane Water Secondary College

(Woy Woy campus) and gives tribute

to her success in part to ETASC

teacher Jasmyn Du Plessis, saying

‘Jasmyn went above and beyond

to help me complete my Year 12

HSC. Jasmyn would stay back in the

afternoons to help me study and I’d

even go to her house in the school

holidays for tutoring.

After completing her HSC in 2016,

Brittney was encouraged to apply for

a BSB30415 Certificate III Business

Administration Traineeship at ET

Australia, and in tribute to her hard

work, her application was successful.

‘Now that I am employed at

ET Australia I really appreciate how

hard the staff work to ensure the

school is the best it can be. I’m so

Brittney receiving

her RoSA from

ETASC Principal,

Tony Mylan

grateful for the opportunity I have

now to work and study further at

ET Australia.’

Brittney hopes to continue her

employment at ET Australia, and

potentially further her studies with a

BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business

Administration upon completion

of her traineeship. We wish her

every success!

Brittney receiving her BSB30415

Certificate III in Business Administration certificate from

ET Australia Business Trainer Dione for completing her

Traineeship at ET Australia in February 2018


With the 2018 school year now

in full swing, have you thought

about if your child’s current

school is the right fit?

With over 92% of our graduates 1 engaging in further studies or a

career, here are 8 reasons why you should be sending your child

to ET Australia Secondary College in 2018.

#1 A Safe and Supportive

Learning Environment

With a no bullying policy enforced by

teachers, a student learning support

network, literacy and numeracy action

plans for each student and individual

student pathway plans ensuring each

student who graduates is professionally

guided towards further study or a

career in the workforce, your child

will not slip through the cracks at ET

Australia Secondary College.

#2 A NSW Education Standards

Authority Approved Curriculum

With an academic focus on literacy,

numeracy and work ethic, students

enjoy learning the fundamentals of

Mathematics, English and Science

taught alongside the subjects of

Languages, Technology and Applied

Studies 2 . Each student has access to

text books, work books and a College

Apple iPad for each student in class to

support their learning requirements.

#3 Highly Qualified Teaching

and Support Staff

Our highly experienced and well

regarded teaching team have worked

in a number of different educational

settings all over the world. Our teachers

deliver quality and specialised teaching

across all key learning areas. Together

with teacher assistants in every class

providing extra student support, our

team draw out the best academic

results possible for your child.

#4 Students are Treated

as Individuals

We empower students with a balance

of freedom and responsibility. The

school is more like a contemporary

workplace – everyone, teachers and

students alike, are known to each

other on a first name basis, students

don’t wear school uniforms, there is

no homework, our students are young

adults and we work harmoniously

with them focusing on teaching and

learning and positive school activities.

#5 Our Learning Support Network

Provides our students with one on one

tailored learning opportunities delivered

alongside classroom teaching with a

dedicated learning intervention teacher.

Our students can also engage in free

after school tutoring with their teacher.

#6 Access to School Scholarships

ET Australia Secondary College awards

a number of scholarships to school

students attending the College.

Scholarships are awarded to students

due to financial hardship and can

cover up to half of a student’s annual

school fees. Scholarships are funded

by generous Central Coast businesses

and citizens supporting continued

education in our community.

Scholarship applications are a relatively

simple process, and the majority of

scholarship applications are successful.

#7 One School Fee Covers

Everything

The school fees at ET Australia

Secondary College are all inclusive

- textbooks, workbooks, stationery,

school locker an Apple iPad per student

in class, excursions, sporting fees,

on-site youth support services and

after school tutoring - all included. The

school fee is packed full of added value

reducing the stress on your hip pocket 3 .

#8 Preparation For The Real World

ET Australia Secondary College is

focused on equipping students with

the skills to be successful in school and

after school. Many of our students

go on to complete their HSC, while

others choose to enrol in adult training

courses and/or gain employment.

1 Source: ET Australia Secondary College 2016 Annual Report. 2 French, Technology and Applied Studies subjects available to Year 7 and 8 students only. Year 9 and 10

student’s subjects are Mathematics, English, Science, Human Society and its Environment and PDHPE. 3 Annual School fee does not include School term ‘rewards days’, for

full list of inclusions please refer to our 2017 ET Australia Secondary College brochure available at etaustralia.com

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ET Australia Secondary

College Cross Curriculum

Learning

We’ve selected five of the best incursions and

excursions provided to students throughout 2017

to give you an understanding of how our incursions

and excursions relate to the NSW curriculum at

ET Australia Secondary College.

Gosford Car Museum

Year 7 and 8 students attended Gosford Classic

Car Museum where they used the skills and

content taught in Technology class to complete

an advertisement of one automobile within the

museum. Each student collected images using

their iPads during this excursion which were

used in class to illustrate key design concepts

and skills required as part of the course

requirements.

Museum of Contemporary Art

In Visual Arts Year 7 students are expected

to experience being an audience member

at an art gallery to identify the intention

and context of exhibitions and displays.

Students attended The Museum of

Contemporary Art in Term 4. The focus of

artworks looked at were by contemporary

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Artists. Students critically responded to

artworks and had time in the museums art

studio for hands-on creative activity.

Water Testing and

Coastal Surveying

In Science and Geography Year 9 and 10

students were required to use a range of

fieldwork skills to collect data samples in

order to successfully complete their major

assessment task for 2017. Students were taken

to Gosford waterfront, Ettalong foreshore

and Avoca, Terrigal and Wamberal beaches to

collect water samples, complete a quadrant

analysis and survey areas of importance giving

students the opportunity to use the skills they

learnt in class in a practical setting. It also

provided students a spatial understanding of

the geographic issue of coastal management

and helped them develop an understanding

of key scientific concepts.

Pompeii –

National Maritime Museum

In Term 3 each year our Year 7 students

study History, switching over from studying

Geography in Terms 1 and 2, in particular

they study Ancient Rome. Students enjoyed a

hands on excursion to the Australian National

Maritime Museum introducing them to

how history is investigated. They learnt how

museums use sources to interpret and conserve

the past and critically reviewed the “life in

Pompeii” exhibition.

Zoosnooz

Year 9 and 10 students participated in an

overnight stay at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. This

excursion helped consolidate the content

they were studying in Science and English

during Term 4. Students were able to view the

animals after the gates had closed, participated

in biodiversity within ecosystems workshops

run by Taronga Zoo and woke up to the

awesome sounds of animals waking up for

the day.

L’isle de France –

French Restaurant

Part of the Year 8 curriculum is for students

to learn the language of French. In Term 4

students experienced a little French culture by

enjoying lunch at L’isle de France where they

put into practice their French language in a

real life setting by ordering in French and many

bravely tried escargot (snails!). A lovely day,

filled with lots of laughs.


Enrolling Now

for 2018

ET Australia Secondary College is an

independent Year 7 to 10 high school equipping

students with the skills to be successful in

employment and/or further studies.

Hurry! Our Year 7 and 10 classes for 2018

are NOW FULL (Waitlist Available)

Now is the time to book your tour of the school for your child to

attend ET Australia Secondary College in 2018 and 2019.

With over 92% of our graduates engaging in further studies

or a career, you can be confident ET Australia Secondary College

will equip your child with the skills to be successful in ongoing

studies and employment.

Book your tour now

by contacting us on:

Phone: 02 4323 1233

Email: etasc@etaustralia.com

He is like a different

child now, ETASC has

been a dream come

true for us.

Parents of Ashton, Year 8


Around the

World and

Back Again

Meet the Trainer – Dione Terrantroy.

Dione regularly draws on her more than 15

years hospitality management experience both

locally and abroad to deliver quality training to

ET Australia Training College business students.

Having worked in hospitality for 15

years Dione decided to make a career

change. When working in hospitality

she worked as an Event Manager in

5 star hotels and was responsible for

up to 50 staff. Part of her job was to

train staff which was something she

has always been passionate about so

Dione went about pursuing this new

and exciting career change.

TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training

and Assessment. Whilst completing

this qualification she was constantly

job searching and commenced

a post qualification program in

Business at ET Australia. When this

program finished Dione was offered

a Traineeship role as a Training

Officer with ET Australia while

completing her BSB40215 Certificate

IV in Business. This commenced

as an administrative position and

progressed to a Business Trainer

& Assessor 6 months later.

Since commencing training 4 years

ago Dione has trained students in

various programs and qualifications

including ICA20105 Certificate

II in Information Technology,

BSB30115 Certificate III in Business,

BSB30415 Certificate III in Business

Administration, pre-traineeship

Business Programs, Job Readiness

Programs for clients of the

Smith Family and Salvation Army

Employment Plus and presentation

techniques for staff of Gosford

City Council. Dione also manages

approximately 20 trainees who are

completing on the job traineeships

including Certificate III in Business and

Business Administration.

When leaving the UK it took Dione 7

months to gain employment. Being

unemployed and a single parent

to a young daughter was a very

difficult time for her. It is very easy

to lose your confidence and staying

motivated takes an enormous effort.

Having experienced this has not only

inspired her to help others who are

also in this position and enables her

to relate to those students who are

job seekers.

Dione believes that by not being

judgemental and offering a

supportive learning environment has

helped students achieve new goals.

As a former Event Manager and

working with people of various

backgrounds and skill sets Dione

knows the importance of having

staff that not only come with the

necessary technical skills but have

the right attitude. Her students are

given detailed theoretical knowledge

together with lots of practical

experience.

Dione makes her classes as interesting

as possible to cater for the various

age groups her classes have. For

example younger students tend to

have a short attention span and enjoy

using computers so Dione will include

interactive websites, show interesting

You Tube clips and facilitate group

discussions.

Dione on holidays

with her daughter

After leaving the UK (where she

worked for 9 years), to come back to

the Central Coast, Dione set about

making this career change happen.

Dione travelled to Newcastle twice

a week for 5 months to gain her

Dione teaching a recent Business

training program in ET Australia

Training Colleges computer lab at

the Young Parents Hub Wyong.

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Dione with recent

Business graduate

Carlie McCreedie

Students are encouraged to spend

supervised time on ET Australia’s

reception desk so they can gain

invaluable hands on experience. They

answer phones and help with general

administration duties.

Students are encouraged to

participate in work experience at the

end of their business programs which

enhances skills they have learned in

class and gives them the opportunity

to learn new ones.

Participating in work placement offers

the benefits of trying an industry

to see if they like it, increases their

networks, provides feedback from

employers for their portfolio. Many

students have gained employment

from their work experience.

When putting together assessments

for her work-based trainees Dione

spends a great deal of time in tailoring

assessments so they are job specific

and relevant. Dione will liaise closely

with the Supervisor/Manager to

incorporate work projects. Dione’s

focus is for her students to get the

qualification they have signed up for

and to have the skills to gain and

maintain employment.

Dione says “I am in a very lucky

position where I have had the

opportunity to teach my students in

class, help them gain employment

and continue to be their trainer

and assessor as they complete their

qualification as a trainee

on-the-job. It is very rewarding to see

students progress in their positions.

We have had previous students that

have come back to business classes to

tell their story to new students. This

is very motivating for new students as

they can see they can make a change

and achieve their goal”.

Dione is a single mum who has shown

to others where perseverance can get

you. Dione had a very clear career goal

and she managed to juggle study, work

and family life to get to where she is in

a relatively short period of time.

Dione has continued with her studies

& in 2016 went on to achieve a

double Diploma in Training Design and

Development & Vocational Education

and Training Dione is currently involved

in more study that will allow her to train

and assess more business related units.

She has worked really hard and taken

the necessary steps to achieve her

desired goal.

I am in a very lucky

position where I have

had the opportunity

to teach my students

in class, help them

gain employment and

continue to be their

trainer and assessor

as they complete their

qualification as a trainee

on-the-job

Dione handing over a certificate of

completion to ET Australia Training

College Business graduate Patricia Watt

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Why You Should Invest

in Hiring a Trainee in 2018

You know your shortfall can be filled

with a new staff member entering into

an entry level role you’ve created, but

where do you turn to find a quality

employee that fits into your bottom line?

Why not look at a traineeship?

Traineeships combine practical workbased

training with formal training

to give your new or existing staff a

nationally recognised qualification and

the experience they need to excel in

their careers.

What are the benefits of a

traineeship for employers?

Employing a trainee is a smart

investment in the future of any business.

Investing in training through a trainee

can provide your business with real

benefits and contribute to your bottom

line through customised training of

staff aligned directly to your business

requirements.

Having staff trained your way

from the start can increase

your business’s efficiency and

productivity. You can:

• Develop a workforce the business

needs by attracting and recruiting

staff for your current or future skill

requirements

• Mentor and develop loyal and

motivated staff

• Train future staff and supervisors,

often in a short space of time

• Increase productivity and

staff retention

There are a range of incentives available

for eligible employers including financial

incentives of up to $4,000 (eligibility

criteria applies). An Australian Network

Provider can assess your eligibility for

incentives.

What are the benefits for trainees?

• Trainees earn money whilst they

are studying

• Training is done on-the-job allowing

for practical application in a real work

environment

• Training is competency based meaning

that a trainee can finish their training

once the employer, trainee and the

Registered Training Organisation agree

the trainee is competent

• Trainees who successfully complete

receive a nationally recognised

qualification

With no costs involved to establish a

traineeship via ET Australia Training

College, it makes sense to contact us

so you can explore traineeship options

for your business. We even offer a

free traineeship recruitment service

(conditions apply).

Traineeships

combine practical

work-based training

with formal training

to give your new

or existing staff a

nationally recognised

qualification

Want to learn more?

Visit www.etaustralia.com/traineeships | Call us on (02) 4323 1233

Email us at training@etaustralia.com

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Keleah’s Early Learning

& Development Centre

Enjoying Quality

Traineeship Service Delivery

From ET Australia

The Directors of Keleah’s Early

Learning and Development Centre first

approached ET Australia after taking

over an established childcare centre

on the Central Coast late in 2015 to

assist with their immediate recruitment

requirements.

Often, despite the benefits

traineeships can provide to business,

the stress and strain of managing the

recruitment process effectively can

be a challenge for time poor

business owners.

Recruiting new staff can be both a

costly and time-consuming exercise

and the ability to outsource this to an

experienced education provider like

ET Australia who have a pool of job

ready students is reassuring for many

businesses. For businesses who are

facing change, developing or taking

on new projects, ET Australia tailored

services such as recruitment provide

vital support to businesses on the

Central Coast.

Keleah’s Early Learning and

Development turned to ET Australia to

help manage their traineeship process

from start to finish. This included

advertising their vacant traineeship

position, screening and shortlisting

applicants, and providing the staff at

Keleah’s with facilities they required to

interview shortlisted candidates.

The process was an enormous success,

and Keleah’s employed a CHC30113

Certificate III in Early Childhood

Education and Care trainee, who is still

with the organisation today. Leah from

Keleah’s said “Michelle from ET was

extremely helpful and approachable.

There was no obligation for us to offer

shortlisted applicants employment if

they weren’t right for the traineeship

position on offer. Toni our ET Trainer is

great with the trainees and we like the

flexible on the job delivery mode”.

Keleah’s Early Learning and

Development now host work

placements for ET Australia childcare

students and recently employed a

student casually as a result of their

demonstrated professionalism and

abilities witnessed during placement.

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Toni our ET Trainer

is great with the

trainees and we like

the flexible on the

job delivery mode


Amber’s Career Change

to Aged Care

Amber first studied at ET Australia completing her CHC30708 Certificate III

in Children’s Services before turning her home into a family day care centre.

This all changed in February 2016 when she made the decision to sell her

house, and opt for a career change at the same time.

With a keen interest in nursing, and

some encouragement from her sister

who was working as an Assistant

in Nursing (AIN), Amber decided

to explore a similar path and soon

found herself back at ET Australia as

a student studying for a CHC33015

Certificate III in Individual Support in

early 2017.

‘After the positive experience I’d

previously had studying at ET Australia,

and the wonderful support the

dedicated trainers offered, I decided

to study with them again’ said Amber

who initially started studying as a self

paced student with ET Australia, before

joining the classroom environment.

‘I found enormous benefit joining the

classes, the other students were so

supportive of each other and the trainers

were always ready to help.’ shared

Amber, who on her days off would visit

ET Australia for a quiet place to study

utilising the student hub facilities, safe in

the knowledge that there was always a

trainer on hand to assist if need be.

Amber went on to complete work

placement at Aurrum Erina and

Tarragal House Erina where she felt the

hands-on experience and advice from

other AINs gave her the confidence to

put into practice what she learned

in theory.

Since completing her certificate Amber

was offered two jobs as an AIN and

is currently working at Tarragal House

Erina where she has found enormous

purpose in gaining clients trust, caring

for them and making them smile along

the way.

‘Studying at ET Australia gave me

every confidence that I was equipped

with all the tools to make my new

career a success. I’m so glad I made

the choice to study at ET Australia

Do you want to make a difference like

Amber, or are you looking to make a

change in career? Talk to ET Australia

about your study options today.

Amber in class learning the

fundamentals of client care

The other students

were so supportive of

each other and the

trainers were always

ready to help.

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Joylajane Works

Her Way Through

Multiple Vocational

Training Certificates

in Business

Joylajane receiving her BSB40515 Certificate

IV in Business Administration certificate

from Tony Johnson, owner of DrainCorp

Joylajane Pati is a wife and mother

to a 2 year old son. She enjoys

photography, music and spending time

with immediate and extended family.

Joylajane first learned about

ET Australia’s Training College after her

parents collected a brochure on her

behalf at a local Employment Expo.

Joy was excited by the opportunity

and after attending an information

session, was selected to participate in

a 6 week Business Access program at

the beginning of 2012.

Joy became a student at

ET Australia Training College and as a

visual learner, she loved the program

delivered in a classroom environment

where she could ask questions as they

arose with immediate response.

ET Australia assisted Joy in securing

work placement at Mingara Recreation

Club which enabled her to put her

learnings into practice on the job

and likewise, her time at Mingara

allowed her to gain a more in-depth

understanding of business operations,

policies and procedures all within a

supportive learning environment.

During her time at Mingara

Recreation Club, Joy was also

exposed to Mingara’s recruitment

process. She was able to observe

numerous interviews providing her

with invaluable insight about the

interviewing process and what to do,

and what not to do in interviews.

These are the kinds of experiences

Joy will be able to draw on

throughout her career.

Upon completion of her work

placement, Joy sucessfully

gained employment as an Office

Administrator at Draincorp where she

completed a BSB30115 Certificate III

in Business traineeship in 2013 and

then finished a BSB40515 Certificate

IV in Business Administration in

November 2016.

In her spare time Joy finds herself

applying her learnings to her

personal life as well, developing

her own systems and processes to

stay organised and enjoys helping

her friends and family with their job

applications. Next year she is looking

forward to starting a Bookkeeping/

Accounting dual Certificate IV whilst

pursuing her career at Draincorp.

Joy with her fellow

Business graduates

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Joylajane with

her family


BlueWave Living

Employment

Program Success

We interviewed Fiona Lecren, Nurse Educator

at BlueWave Living so she could give a little

more insight into the benefits of running

on-site Employment Programs.

It’s not easy retaining entry level staff

in aged care. With so many positions

available to those who are qualified

it has become an industry where

employers consistently attempt large

staff recruitment drives many times

throughout the year knowing staff will

move to other vacant jobs throughout

the industry.

III in Individual Support but BlueWave

having a pool of students they can

employ who already know their policies

and processes.

Fiona tell us a little bit about the

background of BlueWave Living.

Where are you located? How many

beds do you currently have on

site? How many staff are currently

employed? Are there any unique

activities BlueWave provide to

residents?

We opened our doors in 1989 in Woy

Woy where BlueWave Living has been

servicing the local community for

29 years providing comprehensive,

quality residential aged care with

a mix of High Care and Low Care

accommodation.

The community owned facility

features 139 beds, which includes

Hostel, Nursing Home and Dementia

Specific Units.

We employ over 100 staff and offer

a comprehensive activities program

that is offered to all residents. The

program is very extensive and there

are activities on every day. The team

at BlueWave Living is also assisted by

approximately 20 volunteers.

Your organisation has been

working with ET Australia now for

a couple of years, how did you get

involved with ET Australia?

For many years, ET Australia has been

the provider of choice for CHC30115

Certificate III in Individual Support

trained staff for BlueWave Living. Due

to the successful relationship, it was a

natural fit for BlueWave to be a part of

this innovative Employment Program.

Why did you choose to open your

doors to ET Australia students?

We have always found that students

from ET Australia have a very high

standard of training and Mary Seeto,

aged care trainer for ET Australia is an

absolute pleasure to work with and

engages staff to interact with students

in a professional manner when on-site.

Tell us what your experience has

been with ET Australia students?

For this program BlueWave Living and

ET Australia conducted all the student

interviews together. We found we had

similar values in regards to what we

are looking for in a student.

Therefore the students chosen were of

a high calibre.

Tell us a little about ET Australia’s

student quality?

We have always found that students

from ET Australia have a very high

standard of training.

ET Australia Trainer Mary Seeto with

ex ET Australia student Audrey

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support

students learning on-site at BlueWave Living

BlueWave Living in Woy Woy are

the exception.

Partnering with ET Australia Training

College since 2016 has given BlueWave

the ability to hire and retain quality

staff through ET Australia’s on-site

Employment Program. Essentially in

consultation with BlueWave, ET Australia

organises the recruitment of students to

be trained on site at BlueWave facilities

with the outcome being students not

only gaining their CHC33015 Certificate

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Students learning how to use

medical equipment

Can you think of a word or phrase

that best describes your relationship

with ET Australia? Why that

particular word or phrase?

Mutual co-operation. Both

organisations have a similar value

system and because there are benefits

to both for having this on-site training

program.

Has working with ET Australia

changed your thinking at all about

the way your company may employ

staff in the future?

We feel very positive about the way

this program is currently working at

BlueWave. We always look to employ

students from our Employment

Programs especially considering they

will already know our policies and

procedures from day one of their

employment.

It’s been a great opportunity to run

Employment Programs on site with ET

Australia and has helped streamline

our recruitment process.

What specifically is your favourite

part of working with ET Australia

and why?

My favourite part is seeing students

gain confidence working directly with

residents and staff from the first day

they spend on the floor.

This gives us direct feedback from

staff members about the student’s

performance and suitably for possible

employment with BlueWave.

Would you recommend

ET Australia’s Employment Program

to other aged care providers?

If yes, why?

We would definitely recommend

ET Australia’s Employment Program

to other aged care facilities and

businesses in other industries

who need a consistent flow of

incoming staff.

We believe it is an excellent, highly

customisable and flexible way of

finding reliable, well trained staff.

We would definitely

recommend

ET Australia’s

Employment Program

to other aged

care facilities and

businesses

The BlueWave Living team

and ET Australia graduates

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Green Army team members helped remove weeds of

national significance in Bouddi National Park

Green Army,

That’s a Wrap

Assisting the landcare group at

Bateau Bay beach

With our Green Army program

drawing to a close in mid 2018 due to

Government funding no longer being

available, it’s important to reflect on what

this program has provided the Central

Coast community and how it positively

affected the lives of young adults.

Jessica Brett, ET Australia’s Green Army

Coordinator, had this to say about the

outcomes Green Army has provided

over the years to ET Australia Green

Army team members.

Green Army team members

cleaning up Brisbane Water

What was Green Army?

Green Army is a hands-on, practical

environmental action program

that supports local environmental

and heritage conservation projects

across Australia. It is an Australian

Government initiative for young

Australians aged 17–24 years who

are interested in protecting their local

environment.

Participants are paid an allowance for

their work and gain practical skills and

training while delivering real benefits

for the environment.

When did ET Australia start

offering the Green Army program

to the Central Coast community?

ET Australia has been offering

environmental programs to the Central

Coast Community since 1993. The

Green Army Australian Government

initiative was rolled out in 2014,

ET Australia was excited to apply for

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this funding and receive approval to

supply this program to young adults on

the Central Coast.

How many Green Army programs

did ET Australia run?

ET Australia has successfully delivered

9 programs since 2014 under Green

Army funding. We are curently

delivering our final 2 programs, the

NPWS Tuggerah Restoration Project

3 in conjunction with National Parks

and Wildlife Services and the Salt

Marsh Mapping and Preservation in

the Brisbane Waters Estuary Project

in conjunction with Central Coast

Council. Green Army projects will end

in June 2018.


How many students completed

Green Army programs with ET

Australia?

From 2014 we have had 88 participants

enrol into Green Army projects. In

2015 and beyond just under 60% of

our participants have either gained

employment or gone onto further

study which is a terrific outcome as

participants entered into Green Army

programs without a job.

What’s been the best student

success story to come out of ET

Australia’s Green Army programs?

ET Australia’s Green Army Programs

have had many success stories, to

name the best success story just isn’t

possible. The great success stories

usually involve the participant leaving

the program a little early as the Green

Army Program has given them enough

confidence, skills and experience to

start their dream career which was the

reason they joined Green Army in the

first place.

Several participants have gained

employment and are now supervising

in their chosen fields including

Horticulture and Bush regeneration.

Several have gained Apprenticeships

or Traineeships in their ideal field

and we have even had previous

Green Army students become

environmental scientists.

What’s been the most impressive is

when people join a Green Army project

not knowing what bush regeneration

is but throughout the program

develop a passion for it as well as the

environment. This passion continues on

well after the program and leads them

into employment in the industry.

When does ET Australia finish

offering Green Army programs to

the Central Coast community?

Due to the Government funding no

longer being available, ET Australia’s

last two Green Army Projects

commenced at the end of January this

year. These projects will finish in June

2018. A wonderful program for our

local young people that will be missed.

Working at The Australian

Reptile Park, a highlight for many

Green Army team members

ET Australia’s Green

Army Programs have

had many success

stories, to name the

best success story

just isn’t possible

Green Army team members conducting

plant propagation at The Community

Environment Network (CEN) nursery


Gosford Cubbyhouse Long Day

Care Centre – Assisting ET Australia

Students Achieve Results

We interviewed Maxine Daubert from Gosford Cubbyhouse

on why ET Australia students are thought of so highly in the early

childhood sector on the Central Coast.

Tell us a little bit about the

background of Gosford

Cubbyhouse Long Day Care Centre.

We are a Long Day care centre

operating from 6.30am – 6pm

Monday to Friday with our

organisational structure being a

community based not for profit

organisation operated by a parent

committee. We are located at Henry

Wheeler Place Gosford backing onto

the entrance of Rumbalara Reserve.

Currently employing 13 staff, 10

educators, a full-time director,

administration officer and a chef.

Your organisation has been

working with ET Australia now for

almost 2 years - how did you get

involved with ET Australia?

Through an offer to support students

with their practicum requirements.

Our relationship developed further

from one of our child’s parents

working as a teacher at ET Australia

Secondary College bringing her year

7 students into read stories for our

children during book week in 2016.

Why did you choose to open your

doors to ET Australia students?

We are community focussed and

believe we can support, mentor and

promote inclusive and high quality

practices plus be a great advocate

for the early childhood sector. We

really like the way ET is an advocate

for diverse learning strategies and has

implemented opportunities for students

to feel comfortable and confident in

their learning and life path.

Tell us what your experience has

been with ET Australia students?

Punctual, independent and prepared.

Tell us a little about ET Australia’s

student quality?

We have found ET students to be

enthusiastic and capable. Keen to learn

the practical aspects of the job.

Can you think of a word or

phrase that best describes your

relationship with ET Australia?

Creating connections within the

community.

Why that word or phrase?

We value the community and the

different roles involved to make it

positive and effective. Supporting

people to become their best enables

our community to thrive. It enables

us to support people to participate

and become responsible, contributing

partners in our society.

Has working with ET Australia

changed your thinking at all

about the way your company may

employ staff in the future?

We look at all options when employing

staff, finding employee’s that share a

passion and strive to be their best is an

asset not just to us but the community

as a whole. Just knowing there are

diverse options like ET Australia

available is exciting.

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What specifically is your favourite

part of working with ET Australia

and why?

Definitely the partnership we have

developed, ET Australia’s early

childhood trainer Toni and her

professionalism, knowledge and

general niceness!

Why would you recommend

working with ET Australia to

someone else?

Community focussed, thinking outside

of the box and fast, honest responses.

If someone called you and said “Why

should I use my business to allow

ET Australia students to complete

work placement requirements?”

what would you tell them?

Do it! Give them a chance, they are

organised, professional, supportive

and encouraging their students to be

the best they can be.

Gosford Cubbyhouse provides a

terrific experience to children in

the Gosford area


Upcoming 2018

Training Programs

Enquire now to apply for any of the 2018 programs below:

Program Code

and Name

Individual Support (Ageing)

CHC33015 Certificate III

in Individual Support

CHC33015 Certificate III

in Individual Support

CHC33015 Certificate III

in Individual Support

CHC33015 Certificate III

in Individual Support

CHC43015 Certificate IV

in Ageing Support

Business

BSB10115 Certificate I

in Business

BSB20115 Certificate II

in Business

BSB30115 Certificate III

in Business

BSB30115 Certificate III

in Business

BSB30115 Certificate III

in Business

BSB30115 Certificate III

in Business

Leadership and Management

BSB42015 Certificate IV

in Leadership and Management

Early Childhood

CHC30113 Certificate III in

Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of

Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early

Childhood Education and Care

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