ET Australia Magazine Issue #5 March 2021

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ET Australia's annual magazine.

ET Australia’s annual student &

community magazine

#5 2021

MAGAZINE

New

Campuses

for ETASC

Purpose Built

for Students to

Thrive in a Safe

and Supportive

Learning

Environment

Disability

Partnership

Success

Creating Long-

Term Entry-Level

Jobs in Disability

With Songbird,

a Disability

Service Provider

Years 11

and 12

Expansion

A New Learning

Experience Now

Available for Central

Coast Students

ETASC’s Graduate

Student Pheobe’s

Pathway to Marine

Science

Rebuild

Your

Business

With

Trainees

Discover the

Financial Benefits

of Hiring a

Trainee Inside


Welcome to 2021

ET Australia provides students

with the skills to be successful

in employment and/or further

studies. Our adult training

college and independent

high school models provide

professional, supportive

and nurturing learning

environments.

Tony Mylan, CEO, ET Australia.

ET Australia’s adult training

college has expanded its business

focus to include disability

training in our suite of programs.

Our reputation with industry

has continued to flourish. We

have once again expanded our

industry partnerships, and this

has led to an increase in the

number of direct employment

outcomes our adult students

have gained.

In 2020 ET Australia Secondary

College (ETASC) reached its

notional maximum number of

enrolments. In 2021 our school

will welcome our first group of

Year 11 students so our school

enrolments will continue to grow

over the next couple of years.

Adding Year 11 and Year 12 to

our school means we can help

even more young people with

their studies and employment.

We have just moved our entire

operations in Gosford with the

school moving to two new sites.

For both the training college and

the school, this move provides

us with brand new teaching

and learning spaces in buildings

that have had an internal

architecturally designed re-fit.

ETASC now has extra classrooms,

a knowledge hub, a science lab

and computer labs for use by all

students.

Our focus on building business

partnerships on the Central

Coast gives our students unique

employment opportunities. Please

come and experience why our

students are achieving so highly.

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.

P3

P4

ET Australia Staff Undertake Cultural

Awareness Training

ETASC Begins the 2021 School Year

With Two New Campuses

P20 Rebuild Your Business With Trainees

P22 A Wonderful Example of How VET

Can Transform A Career

ET Australia

Board of Directors

Graham McGuinness OAM

Chairman

P6

P8

ETASC Years 11 and 12 Expansion

What Do You get When a Former

Tour Manager and a French

Language Graduate Come Together?

P10

Paul Tonkin

Deputy

Chairman

Tim Cornish

Director

P11 ETASC 2020 Excursions

P12 ETASC Class of 2020 Awards

P14 How Honesty Got Me to Where I Am

Kath Hamilton

Treasurer

Alan Williams

Director

P16 Partnership Success With Songbird,

a Disability Services Provider

P18 Funding for Recovery Post COVID for

Students and Businesses

ET Australia Secondary

College Graduate Phoebe.

Michael North

Director

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ET Australia Staff

Undertake Cultural

Awareness Training

Increasing the Level of Awareness About Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the National

Reconciliation Movement Amongst Staff.

During the months of August and

September in 2020, ET Australia staff

participated in cultural awareness

training, a commitment made by

ET Australia to increase the level of

cultural awareness about Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and

the national reconciliation movement

amongst staff.

This training tied in with practical

actions outlined in ET Australia’s

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP),

a copy of our RAP is found on our

website etaustralia.com

The training was delivered by the

wonderful Tracey from Wannangini

Pty Ltd. Tracey is a direct

descendant of the First Nation’s

people of the Central Coast and

Northern Sydney region. Tracey

was born and raised on the Central

Coast and continues an unbroken

connection that spans thousands

of years. Tracey is a director of

Wannangini Pty Ltd which is a

100% Aboriginal owned and

operated organisation designed to

manage our cultural heritage, land

and our education.

Wannangini is owned by three

identified Aboriginal families

from Newcastle, Central Coast

and Northern Sydney regions of

NSW. They work to represent their

collective mob and provide a better

future for all Aboriginal people who

live within traditional lands.

During training, staff were

provided with a general overview

and introduction to Aboriginal

cultural heritage matters relevant to

Wannangini traditional lands.

The Training Covered:

• Understanding a Welcome/

Acknowledgement of Country

• Introduction to Aboriginal

languages and relationship to

country

• Introduction to Aboriginal

cultural values

• Understanding terms such as

traditional owner, country,

Registered Aboriginal Party

(RAP), native title, Local

Aboriginal Land Council, Elders

and knowledge holders

If you would like to know more

about the services Wannangini

provides, please visit wannangini.org

Dana (left) and Tracey from

Wannangini Pty Ltd.

Aboriginal artefacts shown to increase

cultural awareness.

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ETASC Begins the 2021

School Year with Two

New Campuses

Purpose Built for Students to Thrive in a

Safe and Supportive Learning Environment

At the beginning of 2021, ET Australia

opened two brand new, purpose-built

campuses for its Secondary College

students:

• A Years 7 to 10 campus located in the

Imperial Centre in Gosford CBD, 300

metres from Gosford Train Station

• A Years 11 and 12 campus located on

Level 1 of the ET Australia building at

125 Donnison Street, Gosford, 500

metres from Gosford Train Station

Years 7 to 10 Campus

This campus has been relocated into

the Imperial Centre from the Parkside

Building at 123 Donnison Street,

Gosford.

With this relocation, ET Australia

Secondary College’s core focus hasn’t

changed, which is to equip students

with the literacy and numeracy skills

to be successful in employment and/

or further study by delivering the

mainstream curriculum in a safe and

supportive learning environment.

To enhance student learning, new,

purpose-built features include:

• Modern classrooms for general

teaching and learning

• Science lab

• Food technology and music rooms

• School hall

The entrance to ETASC’s Years 7 to 10 campus.

• Knowledge hub (school library)

• Multiple breakout study areas

• Computer lab

ETASC now has a 21st century school

environment to match our 21st century

teaching and learning model.

Years 11 and 12 Campus

In 2020 the NSW Education Standards

Authority (NESA) granted ETASC

accreditation for Years 11 and 12.

ET Australia has built a Years 11 and 12

campus for students from the Central

Coast and beyond, providing a new,

dedicated learning space. This campus,

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Teachers now deliver classroom

learning via upgraded classroom

facilities.

Accessibility

Both campuses are wheelchair and

disabilities accessible, with students

being able to use Imperial Centre

facilities to access the Years 7 to 10

campus, while the Years 11 and 12

campus has a brand new lift installed

for students to use.

Students can access the Years 7 to 10

campus via the Erina street entrance

to the Imperial Centre while Years 11

and 12 students will have a dedicated

entrance to their campus at the

ET Australia Building.

above ET Australia’s Adult Training

college, provides students with a space

which prepares them to be successful

in employment and/or further study,

away from distractions.

To assist students in achieving their

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

(ATAR), the layout of the Years 11 and

12 campus includes:

• Modern classrooms for general

teaching and learning

• Science lab

• Breakout areas

• Computer lab

• Student kitchen facilities

• Ability for students to BYOD to assist

with learning

Administration and

Teaching

For students and parents/carers,

both campuses will have their own

dedicated administration offices

supported by full-time ETASC staff.

From Year 7 to Year 12, the high

staff to student ratio of teachers and

teacher assistants has remained the

same so students are able to gain the

level of leaning support they need all

of the time.

If you would like to know more about

ETASC, please visit etaustralia.com/

secondary-college to download the

information pack or call the college

office on 02 4323 1233.

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ETASC Years 11

and 12 Expansion

A New Learning Experience Now Available for

Central Coast Students

In 2021 ET Australia Secondary

College (ETASC) is, for the first time,

providing students the ability to

continue their education beyond Year

10 by opening a Year 11 and Year

12 campus. Providing students the

ability to complete the Higher School

Certificate (HSC) has been an ambition

of ET Australia’s CEO and Principal,

Tony Mylan since opening the school

to Year 9 and Year 10 students in

2013. The college has steadily grown

during this time, adding Years 7 and

8 classes in 2016 and additional Years

7 to Year 10 classes in 2018, growing

the school’s student enrolment from

Years 11 and 12 students have access to

teachers and teachers assistants in class,

enhancing their learning experience.

60 students in 2013 to 170 students in

2020. This growth will continue with

places available for 80 Years 11 and

Year 12 students by 2022.

Planning for Years 11

and 12

Planning for this expansion has been

in full swing since 2019, with the

location being a key factor in ETASC’s

ability to provide students this

opportunity. The campus is a purposebuilt

facility located on the first floor

of the ET Australia Building, 125

Donnison Street Gosford. Students

have access to four general purpose

classrooms, two common areas, a

computer lab, student kitchen and

bathroom amenities all designed by

educational architectural experts,

SHAC Architects and built by North

Construction. The space was designed

to provide students with large,

naturally lit classrooms as well as other

facilities, such as the student kitchen

that is similar to what students will

encounter when they enter the work

force.

Years 11 and 12

Curriculum

When determining the subjects

students would study, the ability to

achieve an ATAR was vital. Six subjects

have been selected, building on the

knowledge and skills students have

developed in Years 9 and 10. Students

in Years 11 and 12 are studying the

following subjects:

• Standard English

• Standard Mathematics

• Biology

• Modern History

• Business Studies

• PDHPE

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Years 11 and 12 teachers have

the ability to interact with

students in class through

interactive displays which are

linked to students iPads.

New Business Studies

Subject

Providing students the ability to

complete the 2 Unit Business Studies

course for the HSC is in keeping with

ETASC’s ethos of preparing students

for the workforce. The course exposes

students to many of the key concepts,

skills and tools used in the workplace

and provides insight into different

aspects of work life.

How are Years 11 and

12 Different to Years 7

to Year 10?

There are some key aspects of our

Years 7 to Year 10 college model that

are different to Years 11 and 12.

Studying at home is required in Years

11 and Year 12 with homework being

a key component to ensure students

are able to complete the requirements

of the HSC course. Our teachers will

provide study skills practice that will

teach students about productive and

effective study patterns that will ensure

students can use their study time

outside of school hours productively.

ETASC’s safe and supportive

environment provides our students

with a solid foundation to achieve

their best in the HSC and continue

on to tertiary study, VET courses

or workplace apprenticeships or

traineeships. Our school’s purpose is

for our students to develop the skills

to be successful in whatever career

path they decide to pursue.

Year 11 students enjoying a break from

class in their student kitchen.

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What Do You Get

When a Former Tour

Manager and a French

Language Graduate

Come Together?

An Enthusiastic Duo Bringing to Life French

Culture and a Love for the French Language

Aimee, ET Australia Secondary

College’s (ETASC) French Teacher

Assistant, grew up in England

studying French at school and spent

numerous holidays taking the ferry

across to France to stay with French

friends. While in France she developed

her love of the French language and

culture. At university she continued to

study French spending her third year

living in Montelimar in the south of

France, teaching English in a couple of

schools. Aimee graduated in Modern

European Studies majoring in French

Christina (left)

and Aimee.

language, politics and economics,

from Loughborough University in the

UK and has worked in international

schools in France and the UK. She

planned to live in France, however,

on a gap year after uni in Australia,

she unexpectantly met her husband

and made Australia her home. After

having a break to raise her two boys,

who are now teenagers, she joined

ETASC to help raise francophones

within our school.

Christina, ETASC’s French Teacher,

grew up on the Central Coast

enjoying the beach and dreaming

of travelling. She graduated with

a degree in Business and Tourism

Management from the University of

Technology in Sydney and worked

both in the tourism and outdoor

education industry. Her jobs were

always adventurous whether it

involved climbing the Harbour Bridge

or teaching school kids canoeing,

abseiling and other outdoor activities.

When the opportunity to travel the

world came, she studied European

history, geography, economics and

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Tossing crépes in class

for La Chandeleur

crepe day.

culture before becoming a European

Tour guide. Having travelled through

45 countries, immersing herself in

different cultures, she discovered

a passion for sharing her love for

Europe, especially France. After

returning to Australia she achieved

her teaching degree and returned to

Europe. She taught Business Studies

in London and continued to lead tours

throughout Europe improving her

language skills. When she eventually

returned to Australia she continued


teaching on the Central Coast until

she discovered ETASC. Once she

began teaching French, she took up

evening classes to further develop her

French language skills.

Christina and Aimee work together

to provide an engaging French

curriculum by combining their

language skills and cultural knowledge

to educate our students. Aimee assists

students master French pronunciation

with her authentic French accent

and answers all technical questions.

Christina plans the lesson structure

and ensures students meet NESA

educational outcomes. Together they

make a great French duo, bringing joy

to the classroom as they sing French

number songs, wear berets and flip

crepes. The students are captivated,

quickly developing an affinity with the

French language and culture.

French classes use a variety of ICT

resources, flashcards, booklets and

games to support student learning.

Through these interactive lessons,

students learn to speak, read, write

and understand spoken and written

Year 8 students tasting French cuisine

at L’isle de France in Terrigal.

French texts. Students start the

year with minimal French exposure;

by the end of the year, they write

paragraphs, translate texts and

hold conversations. They gain a

great understanding of the French

grammatical structure of both spoken

and written texts.

Through incursions, Christina and

Aimee have brought the French

culture to life through French pop

concerts, bilingual puppet shows and

crêpe making. To celebrate a year of

learning and for students to apply

their language skills, students visit a

French Restaurant where they order

in French and experience fine French

cuisine – including escargot!

Christina and Aimee make a great

team providing students with dynamic

learning experiences. Numerous

students have expressed a desire to

continue the study of French. Students

leave with a greater appreciation of

cultures and languages. This is key to

broadening their horizons.

Year 8 students mastering the art of

French cooking with a French chef.

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ETASC Graduate

Student Pheobe’s

Pathway to Marine

Science

I was sceptical about ET Australia

Secondary College (ETASC) during my

first interview, I believed it wouldn’t

be different, I have never been more

incorrect in my life!

Within my first 3 months at ETASC

in 2016, I had not only made friends

but was able to ask for the lead role

in a small play for the end of year

Celebration Assembly that would

be performed in front of around a

hundred people. I wasn’t even able

to speak in front of my class at my

previous school, my nervousness always

got the better of me.

Over the next two years I was able to

speak up for myself and contribute to

discussions, expressing my opinions

to the class and staff. With my newly

gained confidence, my grades rose and

I believed I might be able to complete

the HSC.

The ocean is my passion, or more so

my obsession. I remember speaking to

countless staff in the past about my

passion, voicing my understanding of

marine related theories and general

ocean related information. Before ETASC

I couldn’t find anyone who knew how

to put me on the right path towards a

career related to the ocean.

After finishing up at ETASC in 2018, I

continued my education at TAFE to get

my ATAR. Finally, in 2020 I began my

Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science

at The University of Newcastle.

When I finish my degree, I will dive into

my career of exploring the deep ocean

for everything it has to offer. I know I

wouldn’t have made it this far

.

Phoebe applying her science skills

in 2017 at ETASC.

without ETASC, especially the dedicated

staff. Without their kindness and

understanding of people who do not

suit mainstream, I never would have

been able to finish school.

Phoebe addressing students in the

Youth Arts Warehouse.

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ETASC 2020 Excursions

COVID May Have Restricted Some Excursions Students Could Attend,

But We Still Managed to Squeeze In a Few Beneficial Outings.

Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park

In Term 3, as part of the study of Geography, Year 8

students explored the Australian Walkabout Wildlife

Park to learn about the impact humans have on our local

environment and native animals.

Students loved watching and trying to catch a selfie with

the turkeys, chickens, emus and wallabies that roam freely

around the park. They enjoyed patting the echidna, koala,

dingo, tawny frogmouth owl and long necked turtle.

Most students bravely touched the python.

Duke of Edinburgh

Great Aussie Bush Camp

In Term 1, Years 7 and 8 students visited the Great Aussie Bush

Camp at Tea Gardens for 3 days of outdoor activities where the

focus was on recognising and dealing with each students’ sense

of self, their purpose and motivation in life, as well as how to deal

with the actions of others appropriately.

Students returned to school from the camp exhausted and happy

after engaging in activities linked to the topics they completed in

PDHPE, Mathematics, Science and Geography.

Throughout 2020, Duke of Edinburgh students

completed four core activities to attain their bronze

award, voluntary service, skill, physical recreation and

adventurous journey.

Students enjoyed hiking throughout Brisbane Water

and Bouddi National Parks along with hiking up Mount

Wondabyne. They explored the coastline between Putty

Beach and Macmasters Beach and trekked from Woy

Woy in the Brisbane Water National Park to the Patonga

campgrounds where they set up camp overnight then

returned to Woy Woy via Pearl beach.

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ET Australia

Secondary College

Class Of 2020 Awards

Year 10 Students Receive

Their RoSA and High Achievers

Are Recognised for Their

Achievements.

Recognising the completion of Year 10, students gathered

in the hall for the last time as a group on the 20th of

November 2020. Students were presented with their Record

of School Achievement (RoSA) and high achievers were

recognised for their achievements throughout the year with

individual and subject awards.

Congratulations to our ET Australia Secondary

College 2020 award winners:

Kayla with Assistant Principal Lachlan Scott.

Christopher with Principal Tony Mylan.

Award Winners

First place in History – Tegan Monaghan

First place in Mathematics – Kayla Huang

First place in PDHPE - Kayla Huang

First place in Science - Kayla Huang

First place in Geography - Kayla Huang

First place in English - Kayla Huang

Christopher Ansell

Congratulations to Christopher Ansell

on being awarded the Principal’s Award

which recognises high standards of overall

achievement, attitude, academic progress and

involvement in the school community.

Congratulations to all Year 10 2020 graduates.

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Enrolling Now for

2022 and Beyond

ET Australia Secondary College is an independent Years 7

to 12 high school which equips students with the literacy and

numeracy skills to be successful in employment and/or future

study by delivering the mainstream curriculum in a safe and

supportive learning environment.

Now is the time to book your

tour of the school for your child

to attend ET Australia Secondary

College in 2022.

With over 94% of 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.

The gifted and talented program

helps me to think deeper about

topics that I have never considered.

Tristan, Year 11

Book your tour at: etaustralia.com/secondary-college

Click on ‘Enrol Today’.


How Honesty

Got Me to

Where I Am

James Discusses How He Became the

IT Technical Support Officer and Report Writer

for North Construction

ET Australia’s Business Development

Manager Dana Mahia recently had

the opportunity to meet with James

Dainton and discuss his journey to

becoming the IT Technical Support

Officer and Report Writer for North

Construction.

In Year 10, James was top of his class.

His strengths were Mathematics and

Science. His Year 11 subjects were

selected with the ambition of going to

university to study Electrical Engineering.

Unfortunately peer pressure during his

teenage years started taking over his

life seeing him get caught up with the

wrong crowd at school where his nonattendance

caused his grades to slide.

By the time James finished Year 12 he

didn’t have the marks he needed to go

to university.

James from

North Construction.

One day James was looking through

job advertisements when he saw

an advertisement for a business

administration trainee specialising in

accounts. James thought, “I’m good at

Maths, why not?” so he applied. It turns

out that this was a job for which ET

Australia Training College was recruiting.

James met with an ET Australia Training

College representative for screening and

shortly afterwards, was invited to attend

a panel interview at North Construction.

James said he was very nervous going

into the interview, particularly as he had

his school report as a part of his CV

which highlighted his lack of attendance

at school.

In the interview, James was brutally

honest about his past and what led

him to apply for the traineeship. James

said he focused on his strongest skill,

Mathematics, and explained how he

had spent his first year out of high

school paying for his mistakes. Shortly

after, James was offered the traineeship

role and was later told that it was due

to his honesty and ability to recognise

his errors. James was able to show his

strengths and demonstrate how he had

changed… “Honesty got me the job.”

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What comes naturally

to me doesn’t to others,

and that’s okay.

James Dainton

IT Technical Support Officer and

Report Writer for North Construction.

James completed a BSB30415 Certificate

lll in Business Administration traineeship,

onsite at North Construction. The

traineeship included learning on the job

with regular contact from his Trainer

from ET Australia Training College.

During this time James became the

IT whizz at work and was often the

go-to person for any IT and computer

related issues. James identified this as

something he was good at and in one

of his annual performance reviews,

he expressed that he wanted to work

in IT. Being a supportive employer,

North Construction assisted James to

enroll into an ICT40418 Certificate IV

in Information Technology Networking

qualification. At this time North

Construction didn’t really have an IT

department, however they supported

James’ wish to engage in further

study. James spent the next two years

studying whilst working full time. “It

wasn’t easy”, James said. He went on to

explain that it was hard to keep focus,

however when his manager saw he was

falling behind she kept him accountable

by setting weekly meetings with him to

ensure progression.

Twelve months after completing his

qualification, James was formally made

an IT Technical Support Officer with

North Construction and recently has

been promoted to IT Technical Support

Officer & Report Writer. James says

he still has challenges, one of them

is breaking down the terminology so

that all staff can understand what is

happening with their technology. He

said he now understands that “what

comes naturally to me doesn’t to

others, and that’s okay.” When James

isn’t working onsite, he is required to

travel for work. He works with many

people, from the tradies onsite to the

staff in the office and has been to The

Philippines for further training.

James’ manager, Nicole, says that

James is a great employee and that

his success is due to his commitment

to the organisation and the hard work

he puts in. They describe the work

culture at North Construction as a

team environment. Everyone supports

everyone. All staff are offered a

mentor to support them through both

work and personal matters. James

says his mentor is a Director of North

Construction and he often takes advice

from him which has assisted him both

professionally and personally.

North Construction has supported

James to progress his career. He is

happy working so close to home as

a member of the North Construction

team.

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North Construction Grandstand

building at EDSACC Oval, Bateau Bay.


Partnership Success

with Songbird,

a Disability

Service Provider

Creating Long-Term Entry-Level Jobs in

the Disability Sector

Songbird offers trusted NDIS supports

for people with disabilities across the

northern part of the Central Coast and

Newcastle areas. Songbird is a recipient

of the 2016 Disability Support Service of

the Year, and is devoted to modernising

disability care in Australia. Their problem

wasn’t quality service delivery, but

finding, training and empowering new

staff to deliver their quality service to

the disability sector.

Enter ET Australia

Training College…

Who worked alongside Songbird to

devise a consistent pre traineeship

training calendar which delivers

Songbird job-ready staff for entry level

traineeship roles that need to be filled

multiple times throughout the year.

ET Australia’s Business Development

Manager, Dana Mahia, met with Caitlin

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Ivan from Songbird to ask five important

questions about the performance of the

pre-traineeship program ET Australia

Training College are delivering for

Songbird.

Dana: Do you think a pre-traineeship

program, for prospective trainees, has

been valuable for Songbird?

Caitlin: The pre-traineeship program

from ET Australia Training College

is a valuable program that provides

further information to candidates

who are unfamiliar with the disability

industry and what is involved in a

support worker role. The program also

gives potential candidates a better

idea on what to expect entering into

a traineeship with Songbird. A pretraineeship

also allows ET Australia’s

Training College disability trainer to

evaluate the student’s interest in a

Songbird traineeship by monitoring their

work ethic and attitude during the pretraineeship

program.

Dana: How has moving to employing

trainees benefited Songbird when

compared to hiring people with existing

qualifications but no experience?

Caitlin: Traineeships allow new staff the

opportunity to do theory and hands-on

practical at the same time with support


from ET Australia Training College,

internal managers and senior staff

members from Songbird. People with

an existing disability related qualification

who haven’t had prior experience may

have forgotten a lot of their theoretical

knowledge before starting in a practical

disability role – this isn’t the case for

Songbird trainees.

Dana: Has Songbird been happy with

the type of student ET Australia Training

College organises to apply for the pretraineeship

programs run throughout

the year?

Caitlin: Yes, we’ve been happy with

the type of student ET Australia Training

College recruits for our pre-traineeship

programs. We understand not every

student is absolutely perfect and

suitable for a disability traineeship, but

this is why the pre-traineeship program

is in place, to find quality trainees.

Dana: Have your Team Leaders

been happy with the responsibility of

mentoring and supervising trainees?

How?

Caitlin: Yes, our team leaders at

Songbird are providing hands on

mentoring and supervision to trainees,

allowing them to evaluate their trainees’

performance and capabilities first hand

and guide them to improve where

required.

Dana: How does ET Australia Training

College stack up against other RTOs

Songbird has used in the past?

Caitlin: ET Australia Training College are

currently our main provider for trainees.

We have been extremely happy with the

quality of service ET Australia Training

College provides.

From the two pre traineeship programs

run in 2020, nine students have been

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selected to become full time trainees

with Songbird, giving them the

opportunity to begin their career in the

disability sector.

To learn more about ET Australia

Training College pre-traineeship

programs and how they can be of

benefit to you or your business contact

one of our Product Specialists.


Funding for Recovery

Post COVID for Students

and Businesses

Funding is Available Now for Students and Businesses

to Recover From the COVID Pandemic

Did you know that both the Federal

and State Governments have

committed funds for staff and student

training as part of their economic

recovery plan?

The funding available benefits both

students or staff to train and upskill,

and businesses alike.

Skilling for Recovery –

for Students

Under the NSW Government’s Skilling

for Recovery initiative more than

100,000 people across NSW will have

the opportunity to reskill for jobs of

the future.

The Skilling for Recovery initiative

will provide fee free full and part

qualification training places to

students who may otherwise have had

to pay a fee.

The program assists job seekers who

are wanting to re-train or upskill,

it supports school leavers who are

entering the workforce and it assists

people who are currently employed by

a business, but at risk of becoming

unemployed.

To be eligible for Skilling for Recovery

funded full qualifications, a student

must:

• Meet the eligible criteria for Smart

and Skilled (i.e. 15 years old or

over, no longer at school, living or

working in NSW and an Australian

citizen, Australian permanent

resident, humanitarian visa holder or

New Zealand citizen)

AND

Meet one of the Skilling for Recovery

eligibility categories identified below:

• Youth 17-24 (currently employed or

unemployed)

• Commonwealth benefit recipient

• Unemployed (not in receipt of

Commonwealth benefit)

• People expected to become

unemployed

Courses available at ET Australia

Training College under Skilling for

Recovery include:

• BSB20115 Certificate II in Business

• BSB30115 Certificate III in Business

• BSB30415 Certificate III in Business

Administration

• CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual

Support (ageing or disability

specialisations are available)

• CHC30113 Certificate III in Early

Childhood Education and Care

Part qualification funding is also

available under this initiative.

For further information visit nsw.gov.

au and search for ‘training for jobs

of the future’, or contact ET Australia

Training College.

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Supporting

Apprenticeship

and Traineeship

Commencements –

for Businesses

As part of the Australian Government’s

economic recovery plan, they are

providing support to all employers

who engage a new Australian

Apprentice or Trainee.

Any business or Group Training

Organisation that engages an

Australian Apprentice or Trainee on or

after 5 October 2020 may be eligible

for a subsidy of 50 per cent of wages

paid to an Apprentice or Trainee

between 5 October 2020 and 30

September 2021, to a maximum of

$7,000 per quarter.

Employers should contact an

Australian Apprenticeship Support

Network Provider by going to

australianapprenticeships.gov.au

to find out further information on

how to apply for the subsidy, including

information on eligibility.

The subsidy has been capped at

100,000 places, so if you are an

employer who has been considering

taking on an Apprentice or Trainee

there has never been a better time.

You will need to act fast to make the

most of the opportunity.

Partnering with

ET Australia Training

College

ET Australia Training College is

approved to deliver training for

a variety of traineeships across a

range of vocational areas including

business, business administration, early

childhood, individual support (ageing

and disability).

Employers, do you know…

If ET Australia Training College is your

RTO of choice for the traineeship,

we will assist with the recruitment

of your Trainee at NO COST. Not

only is there NO COST but our FREE

recruitment services are obligation

free. Meaning, if we don’t find you

the right person for your Traineeship

position, you don’t pay.

ET Australia Training College will

advertise your Traineeship position on

job sites as well as via our extensive

networks to find the right person. We

will phone screen applicants and short

list them for your consideration.

With so many Government initiatives

available to assist with the recovery of

the economy, there has never been

a better time to enroll in training to

reskill or to employ a Trainee for your

business.

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Rebuild Your Business

With Trainees

Discover the Financial Benefits of Hiring a Trainee

There is no doubt small business is doing it tough at the

moment.

The effects of COVID-19, bushfires and border closures has

negatively affected the Australian economy to the point

where businesses are doubling down on making sure any

investment comes with the appropriate return.

This includes investment in staff and their wages where

business groups are now commenting that continually

absorbing wages increases without the corresponding

increase in revenue, will affect the ability to re-invest profits

into other areas. #

So, what levers does small business have access to which

positively affects their wage expenses in the short term?

One such lever is Traineeships.

Did you know that a Trainee’s wage can be less than half

that of a worker with the same job description?

It’s one of the best ways to add staff to your business while

keeping your wage expenses low in the short term.

In addition, the government provides generous incentives

of up to $4000 * over the term of the traineeship to your

business.

To break this down for you, we looked at two sectors:

• Business

• Aged Care

And used the following assumptions:

• Trainee – employee is a school leaver (that is, within

their first 12 months of being out of school) employed

on a permanent part-time basis and working towards a

Certificate III level qualification

• Non-Trainee – employee is 18 years of age and has no

more than 3 months of work experience and is employed

on a casual basis

The reason for using a part-time Trainee in the assumption

is because a Trainee cannot be employed casually.

We used the pay calculator from the Australian

Government Fairwork Ombudsman located at https://

calculate.fairwork.gov.au/ (just click on the ‘Pay’ dropdown

menu item) to look at the differences between the

two assumptions.

Natalia (pictured right) receiving her CHC33015 Certificate III in

Individual Support (Disability) certificate upon completion of

her Traineeship with Trilogy Disability Services.


Business

Save 36% on hourly wages when you hire a part-time Trainee vs a casual staff member.^

Trainee Hourly Wage

Casual Hourly Wage

Aged Care

Save 55% on hourly wages when you hire a part-time Trainee vs a casual staff member.^

Trainee Hourly Wage

Casual Hourly Wage

You can do this calculation across many industries, to see

the wage expense savings available when Trainees are

hired.

As the Australian economy re-opens, you may be asking

“how am I going to rebuild my business to where it was?”

One question to ask is, “how can a Trainee help with

building my business and optimise my wage expenses?”.

Then ask, “what time does ET Australia Training College

open?”

Our qualified and experienced staff will spend the required

time with you to go over all that is required with hiring a

Trainee and will even help with recruitment, free of charge,

for entry-level positions in Business, Aged Care, Disability

and Early Childhood.

Contact us for a no-obligation conversation that may save

you thousands of dollars.

*Eligibility criteria applies

^Examples above are examples of award wages only. ET Australia Training College encourages all employers to check Trainee wages with the

Fairwork Ombudsman and their respective Human Resources and accounting services.

# Wage rise a blow to small retailers, SBS, March ’19, https://www.sbs.com.au/news/wage-rise-a-blow-to-small-retailers-group

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A Wonderful

Example of How

VET Can Transform

a Career

Meet Rebecca.

In 2013, Rebecca completed her HSC

at Wyong High School and began

travelling worldwide. In between

adventures, Rebecca worked in retail

on and off before commencing a

full-time Traineeship with ET Australia

Training College and employed by

Central Coast Group Training (CCGT)

and hosted by one of their employers.

This traineeship gave Rebecca the

opportunity to commence a BSB30115

Certificate III in Business whilst

working and receiving an income.

Unfortunately, due to some adverse

circumstances, Rebecca was not able

to complete her traineeship with her

host employer and returned to casual

work in the retail industry.

During this period, Rebecca stayed

in touch with her Field Officer from

CCGT. When the opportunity arose

for a Trainee Receptionist at CCGT, her

Field Officer knew exactly who to call.

Rebecca completed her BSB30115

Certificate III in Business with

ET Australia Training College in early

2018. As CCGT considered her such a

wonderful employee, they kept her on

full-time. In July 2018 she was given a

well-deserved promotion, working in

recruitment for CCGT.

These days, no two days are the same

for Rebecca. Her role is varied, and

her time is spent liaising with host

employers, writing job advertisements,

screening candidates who have applied

for roles and interviewing them. In June

2019, Rebecca decided to further her

education by enrolling in a BSB41015

Certificate IV in Human Resources and

with the support of CCGT is completing

her second VET qualification.

Since starting with CCGT, Rebecca

recognised she has gained

independence and has been able to

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move out of home and pay off her

car. She has also grown personally and

professionally in her career.

Rebecca’s goals for the upcoming

future include finishing her BSB41015

Certificate IV in Human Resources as

well as saving a deposit to buy a house.

ET Australia Training College is glad to

have played a hand in such a brightlooking

future for Rebecca, and we

congratulate her on all her amazing

efforts so far.

Rebecca works for

CCGT in Tuggerah.


Upcoming 2021

Training Programs

Enquire now to apply for any of the 2021 programs below:

Program Code

and Name

Next Classroom

Start Date

End

Date

Classroom

Days

Time

Location

Additional

Delivery Modes

Individual Support (Ageing)

CHC33015 Certificate III in

Individual Support (Ageing) 7 April 6 August Wed, Thurs, Fri

9:00am to

3:00pm

ET Australia,

Gosford

Traineeship /

Self Paced

CHC33015 Certificate III in

Individual Support (Ageing) 19 May 8 December Wed, Thurs

9:00am to

3:00pm

Young Parents

Hub, Wyong

Traineeship /

Self Paced

CHC33015 Certificate III in

Individual Support (Ageing) 12 July 15 November Mon, Tues, Wed

9:00am to

3:00pm

ET Australia,

Gosford

Traineeship /

Self Paced

CHC33015 Certificate III in

Individual Support (Ageing) 18 August 17 December Wed, Thur, Fri

9:00am to

3:00pm

ET Australia,

Gosford

Traineeship /

Self Paced

Individual Support (Disability)

CHC33015 Certificate III in

Individual Support (Disability) 16 March 15 June Tues, Wed, Thur

9:00am to

3:00pm

ET Australia,

Gosford

Traineeship /

Self Paced

Business

BSB30115 Certificate III

in Business 7 June 10 November Mon, Wed

BSB30415 Certificate III

in Business Administration

9:00am to

3:00pm

Young Parents

Hub, Wyong

Start this course today. Call ET Australia on 4323 1233 or email training@etaustralia.com

Traineeship /

Self Paced

Traineeship /

Self paced

Early Childhood

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early

Childhood Education and Care 1 March 6 December Monday

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early

Childhood Education and Care 18 May 15 March 2022 Tues

CHC50113 Diploma of

Early Childhood Education and Care

CHCPRT001

Child Protection Training

9:00am to

3:00pm

9:00am to

3:00pm

Young Parents

Hub, Wyong

Young Parents

Hub, Wyong

Start these courses today. Call ET Australia on 4323 1233 or email training@etaustralia.com

Traineeship /

Self paced

Traineeship /

Self Paced

Traineeship

Work based /

Self paced

Subsidised training places available (subsidised by the NSW Government), eligibility criteria applies.

Actual end date may vary depending on completion of any required mandated work placement hours.

Units of competency from within each of these qualifications are available individually or can be grouped to meet a specific need.

Call ET Australia Training College today on 4323 1233

or email us at training@etaustralia.com to apply.


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