Techskill Academy’s hotel offer is back and bigger than ever

Techskill Academy is partnering with several hotels around Australia in a bid to help people looking to upskill, while also boosting the local tourism industry

Techskill Academy is partnering with several hotels around Australia in a bid to help people looking to upskill, while also boosting the local tourism industry.

More than one million Australians were plunged into unemployment as a result of COVID-19.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) suggests there are still around 2.2 million people who want to work but cannot find any.

They estimate almost a million Australians were forced to change jobs over the past 12 months.

Australia was already facing a skills shortage before COVID-19 and the pandemic has only made that challenge more urgent, according to PwC.

Businesses lost around $35 billion in tourism revenue in 2020 after international borders were slammed shut.

With borders likely to remain shut for the foreseeable future the hotel and hospitality industries are expected to continue to bear the brunt of the economic fallout of the pandemic.

For the month of September, Techskill Academy is offering new students a chance to save up to 77% on their courses, and a night at a participating 4 or 5-star hotel in a bid to help drive up domestic travel.

Techskill Academy CEO Lawrence Mackey said “due to COVID we are trying to find ways to support our customers and support industries we feel are struggling.”

“It’s a win-win for us. Supporting Australian businesses by getting customers to travel to their hotel of choice and hopefully invest in the local business community while they are there, not to mention alleviating some of the stress of the current environment by ‘getting away’.”

Techskill Academy offers affordable nationally recognised courses tailored at helping people improve their career and business outcomes.

“We’re not selling sugary sodas to teenagers. We are selling education and personal development to people to help them achieve great things,” Mr Mackey said.

“That’s something we can get behind!”

Building and Construction

Aussies spending billions on home renovations

Australians are spending record amounts on home renovations, as the building and construction industry continues to prosper.

Tradies are in high demand across the country as people look to spend their hard-earned money on upgrading home offices and other projects.

Australians usually sink tens of billions of dollars a year into overseas travel.

But big family trips are off the menu for the foreseeable future due to border closures and quarantine regulations

Instead, people are pouring their money into home renovations.

The value of approved projects passed the $1 billion mark for the first time in February 2021 and grew to $1.14 billion in March 2021, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

That is a huge increase on the monthly average of about $680 million in 2019.

With international travel still a pipedream, those figures are likely to remain high.

Techskill Academy offers several courses which would be perfect for people looking to capitalise on the home renovation boom.

Those courses range from the outdoors, such as a Certificate III in Landscape Construction AHC30916 to the indoors such as Builder Restricted to Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry (Queensland).

Or keep all bases covered by completing a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110.

The boom has forced some older builders back onto the tools with the demand for work so huge.

Thousands of students are enrolling in building and construction courses, according to Queensland government figures.

Queensland’s Training and Skills Development Minister, Di Farmer, said the increase in enrolments would help forge a pipeline of tradies.

“We actually structure our investment and subsidies according to the jobs that are actually in demand and we’re tweaking that constantly to make sure that we’re actually meeting those industry needs,” Ms Farmer said.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities, get in touch with Techskill Academy today.


The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted expectations around online learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted expectations around online learning.

Industries all around the world were plunged into uncertainty and chaos by the virus, and education was no exception.

US professor Charles Hodges called the global shift to online study in 2020 “emergency remote teaching” but clarified there was a huge difference between well-planned online learning experiences, and hastily thrown together courses impacted by COVID-19.

“Online learning carries a stigma of being lower quality than face-to-face learning, despite research showing otherwise,” he said.

Instructors are usually more comfortable teaching online after a few iterations of their online programs, according to Hodges.

Australian academic Elizabeth Johnson said learning is created through interactions.

“Digital learning is great for exploration,” Professor Johnson said.

“The world is at your fingertips, and computers never get tired of practicing foundation skills with you.”

Techskill Academy has been at the forefront of embracing online learning, having tailored its nationally recognised courses to be engaging and uncomplicated since its RTO licence was issued in 2016.

The dedicated team has more than 50 years of industry experience and are always ready to field any questions or concerns students have.

“Our learning platform allows students to work through their materials completely online – whether that’s on PC or a mobile,” Techskill Academy’s Head of Product Daniel Tran said.

“Additionally, we are always in touch with students to ensure they are making progress and have their questions answered. We listen to student feedback and do our best to implement improvements based on this.”

Jamie McKinless, who completed a Certificate IV in Work Healthy and Safety BSB41419, said the course was “not just reading from a textbook” but offered “real-life situations and common sense learning included.”

Online learning can seem like a daunting experience, particularly for people doing it for the first time.

But Techskill Academy makes the journey as easy as possible from start to finish.

“Students will generally work their way through the provided learning content and demonstrate their knowledge and skills at the end,” Mr Tran said.

“Our assessments include a combination of all or some of the following: knowledge questions, video submissions and project submissions (could be reports, spreadsheets or business plans – depending on the unit).”

To learn more about the exciting studying opportunities get in touch with Techskill Academy today.

Building and Construction

Construction to boom in Brisbane ahead of 2032 Olympics

Tens of thousands of jobs in the construction industry are expected to be created ahead of the Brisbane 2032 summer Olympics.

Industry leaders welcomed the announcement, and hope to see a long-term legacy from the Games. Australian Constructors Association CEO Jon Davies said it would leave a skills legacy, particularly in the construction industry.

Let’s set skills legacy targets and unleash innovation so we not only deliver high-quality infrastructure but set the construction industry on a more sustainable path,” he said.

Plans for the Brisbane Olympics are linked with existing construction and development plans for the city. Big ticket infrastructure and urban development projects like Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro were brought forward in anticipation of the announcement, and still have several years of work ahead.

The region is expected to grow by 1.5 million people over the next twenty years, and the Brisbane City Council has acknowledged more public transport will be crucial to ease congestion and allow people to move around easily.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said “there will need to be continuous transport and road upgrades between now and 2032, and we’ll need all three levels of government to chip in.

The master plan includes major new venues such as a 15,000-seat aquatics centre in the Brisbane CBD, a 12,000-seat indoor basketball facility, a 10,000-seat gymnastics venue, and a boxing venue at Moreton Bay.

Billions of dollars will be poured into stadium construction and redevelopment and potential workers could consider signing up for a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210. The course is a nationally accredited program for construction workers wanting to work as a foreman, site manager or senior manager.

Those interested in managing the construction work of billion-dollar projects such as these could consider the Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) CPC60220. This program covers topics such as risk analysis, contract administration, legal obligations, implementing construction planning processes, and managing construction costs.

The athletes’ village is expected to be built on a large industrial site in Hamilton, about six kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. The 10,000-bed village would also deliver a number of residential living options after the games, such as aged care and retirement living, social and affordable housing and hotels, according to the Queensland government.

People looking to start working on a range of low-rise projects could sign up for courses such as a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110, which is a great way to kickstart a career in the residential and commercial building and construction sector. Other courses to consider include Builder restricted to Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry (Queensland) or Builder restricted to Structural Landscape (Queensland).

To learn more about the exciting opportunities ahead, get in touch with Techskill Academy today.