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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.

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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.