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Techskill Academy nominated for Telstra Best of Business Award 2021

For experienced educator Lawrence Mackey, building a successful business is all about contributing and community.

How does it contribute to your community? How does it contribute to the planet?” he asks.

Mr Mackey, founder and CEO of Techskill Academy, was working in the oil and gas sector as a senior project manager when he got his first taste of educating.

I was doing the onboarding and training, and really enjoyed it.

 “Training has pretty good contribution. Recruitment is good, you help people find work, they get that job earning more than they did in their last job, helps them support their families. But education, I just thought you could really turn things around with a good education company.

Mr Mackey took the opportunity to build his own education company, Techskill Academy.

But before he did, he asked himself two questions.

“Does it serve a purpose? Does it solve a problem?”

Mr Mackey believes a business needs to be based on one of these two.

To me, it’s about contributing. Are you solving a problem? Are you contributing to a market which needs help?

Convinced that education is vital and change a person’s life, he dove in headfirst.

It took six months to set up, eight months for the registration to come through from government and we launched in November 2016.

Mr Mackey is full of admiration for his staff and defers any praise to those who work hard behind the scenes to ensure students are getting the best learning experience possible.

That hard work has paid off, with Techskill Academy scoring a nomination at the Telstra Best of Business Awards.

But when it comes to awards and nominations, Mr Mackey is equally adamant any focus should be on the business as a whole and what it could mean for creating future opportunities and partnerships.

The recognition is about the people in the business. If there is anything to the recognition, it takes us out of obscurity. Businesses can only be successful if people know you.

He is a huge advocate in the power of education.

You have to educate yourself. As a kid, or as an adult.

And we aren’t out there selling sugary soft drinks to kids, we are giving people the power of self-development and education. It’s something we all truly believe in.

While Techskill Academy has grown since 2016, and now boasts a range of associated brands such as Eo Academy and Licence2Trade, Mr Mackey still has big plans, and it comes back to his original reason for starting the company.

The purpose for Techskill Academy is: we will be the best online training platform in the country for that blue-collar space.

We want to be a brand people use more than once. The tech side of things must be spot on. It has to be seamless, it has to be intuitive, it has to be easy to use, it has to be current. There is no one out there doing that.”

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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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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.

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The Future Is Yours – Learn Something New

The pressure cooker experience of the pandemic has required us to rethink and revise our daily lives. For a large swath of Australians, how we work, learn and socialize has completely changed to some degree. The prolonged adjustment has been exhausting.

Although it is important to honour our experiences and be empathetic adapters, the individuals who find a way to accelerate while others are standing still
will thrive.

Are you accelerating growth or standing still?

We are all given the same 24 hours each day – how we use them is the differentiator. Reignite inspiration, invest in yourself and get motivated with learning something new.

Why should you learn something new?

Adding to your skillset not only increases confidence and competence, but it also feeds innovation. Whether it is reading a book or enrolling in a recognised course, stimulating your mind is a great way to rekindle motivation. If you have been standing still and need some quick tips on how to become motivated again, follow and practice these simple 5 steps:

1) Rethink Your Failure

Nobody likes to fail. Whether it’s a tanked job interview or a presentation gone wrong, you might be tempted to wallow and beat yourself up. But before you let negativity consume you, consider this: people who experienced failure towards a goal are people who underestimate how good their eventual success will feel. (Re-read that again!)

This behaviour is a defense mechanism designed to protect our egos. By underestimating how good it will feel when you succeed, there is actually a good chance you will lose motivation and not commit as fully and passionately to your goals. So, the next time you fail on the journey toward achieving a big goal, don’t downplay how good it will feel when you actually succeed. GO ALL IN, and your eventual success will be that much sweeter!

2) Write Down Your Goals
Why do you want to achieve next month? Next year? 10 years?…

Creating a vision and setting goals can help provide the motivation you need to achieve your personal and professional goals. Hence, instead of spending hours scrolling through social media, get a notebook and start writing your goals down. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, solopreneur or business owner, get a clear picture of where you want to be and then break your vision down into goals that will help you reach it.

If you’re finding it hard to do this yourself, give us a call on 1300 089 979. Techskill Academy offers FREE Consultation for anyone looking to improve their career or business outcomes. Our Consultants will work with you and provide advise on a plan that will help set you up on the right path.

3) Create Money Practice

Your finances should be an integral part of your self-care routine. Think of it as a lifelong journey. Once a week, take a step back to see if and where you’ve been overspending, under-saving and everything else in between. Much like exercising for physical well-being or meditate for your mental health, the time you dedicate to regularly reviewing your finances is a foundational element of self-care routine and the ability to start motivating yourself to achieve your goals.

4) Adopt A Growth Mindset

Your mindset is a spectrum. One side of the spectrum is a fixed mindset, while the other side is a growth mindset. Whether you succeed or fail, it’s the difference between thinking – I need to learn more about how to become a work health and safety officer versus I do not have the money and time to study a work health and safety course now, so there’s no point in trying.

Our mindset shapes whether we can learn, change and grow. People with a growth mindset believe their talents and abilities are developed through effort, teaching and practice. They believe anyone can improve and be smarter if they work at it. They’re open to new ideas and learning and see failures as opportunities.

A growth mindset is a valuable tool for managing the inevitable setbacks that will arise on your journey to success. And the good news is, anyone can adopt a growth mindset and it starts with focusing on learning. Seek out the best sources of information from within and outside the profession and focus on learning from the best. Read books, industry publications and quality blogs. Listen to podcasts, take up an online course or attend a webinar.

5) Learn To Become Your Own Cheerleader

For many, positive self-talk is a LEVEL 14 skill and we’re still on Level 2 trying to deal with that nasty inner voice that seems to think we can’t do anything right. That’s the voice that whispers, you’re not good enough for this after you’ve decided to falter on a big project. Our voice is one of our biggest obstacles. But, it can also be our biggest fan, our own cheerleader! So the next time you notice that little mini voice talking you out of your decision, start filtering in every positive aspect of the situation instead of filtering them out.

Start living in best-case scenario instead of worst-case scenario land as one of the greatest rags-to-rich entrepreneurs Jim Rohn once quoted – “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day”.

If you’re looking to launch your first business within the trades and services industry or need advice on recognised courses to help you change career, contact us today.

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Be Ahead of the Game

Here are some effective strategies for staying ahead, and developing yourself into being the leader, controller, and chooser of the trajectory of your success.

1. Start now.

Do all you can to get ahead at the beginning of any new quarter, goal or strategy setting session. If you work extra hard at the beginning you will approach the end of the quarter confident your numbers will be met or exceeded.

Starting strong helps you coast to the finish line with less stress than starting slow and agonizing over whether you will make your numbers or meet your goals.

2. Leisure can wait.

Always put responsibilities first. Stop putting off what needs to get done. Procrastination only robs you of the time you desire for leisure activities. Remember why you chose your career and what’s required to stand out amongst the best.

To start strong, conquer your most stressful 20 percent first, and use any leftover, bonus-time to chip away at less important 80 percent. Your leisure time isn’t going anywhere. When you are tempted to put things off, tell yourself you’re unwilling to settle for average.

3. No one is perfect.

Business is not designed to be clear, easy, or perfect. If you have been giving it all you’ve got, whatever mistakes you make are necessary and perfectly fine. Each mistake made at 100 percent effort becomes an invaluable learning experience, designed for your personal growth and evolution. The more mistakes you make, the more you grow, the more you develop your knowledge and expertise.

Everyone messes up. Take it on the chin like a champ, analyze where things went wrong, figure out how to do better, then self-correct.

4. Make time for fun.

There is no greater joy than the hard work that goes into the pursuit of your goals. However, if your life is all work and no play, you will not have the necessary space from your career to actually enjoy it.

You need personal time to gain perspective on the benefits of what you do each day and to stay connected to the reasons that drive you to achieve. Enjoy the ride. Love what you do, take vacations, be social, and give time and attention to those you love. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

5. Career isn’t an end.

Thriving in a great career is not the end of your freedom. Work isn’t where the fun ends, it’s where all of your new, important adventures begin. There is so much ahead of you that will expand your life. Each step along the way opens new doors of opportunity, which enrich your life in immeasurable ways.  Adventure, challenge, and creativity push you to grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

6. Get involved.

If life is boring, something is wrong. Always seek ways to get involved — join groups, build networks, go to the gym, or attend church. Network within your own industry by attending as many in-person events/dinners as possible.

Focus on building strong relationships with your peers and senior executives. If you’re interested in further training and experience, request that your company provide the education and leadership training you desire. The more knowledge and experience you seek, the better of a leader you become, and the more you stay ahead of the pack. (Check out our online courses) 

7. Say yes.

Each day brings new opportunities. Say yes to new things that take you outside your comfort zone. Say yes to your personal growth by choosing to do the exact things you fear. Train yourself to risk, and to risk again. Convince yourself to push through doors where uncertain results loom on the other side. Relish new experiences that bring you the knowledge and depth to stay ahead of the game.

8. Be realistic.

You are not born with endless supplies of time, effort, confidence, or greatness. These things wax and wane all throughout life, and sometimes throughout a day. Business is full of the unexpected. Know and respect healthy limits. You cannot be successful if you consistently feel you’re not measuring up because you don’t have enough time or the skills developed to be who you want to be.

You will burnout under this pressure. Learn to succeed in one imperfect step at a time. Success, like any other virtue, needs some space to blossom.

9. Personal care.

Personal care is crucial. You must be physically, emotionally, and mentally sound to have the energy and brainpower necessary to be as successful as you desire to be. For this reason, eat clean, get enough sleep, drink water, exercise, and take a day off here and there just to relax. You’re certainly in your career to make money, to get ahead, and to make a significant difference in the lives you touch, but you cannot do this at the expense of your own health. 

Need help to accelerate growth in your career or business? Speak to one of Techskill Academy’s consultants today. We will help you map out how best to achieve your career/business goals. We will breakdown some of the most effective ways to maximise your focus and output each day through our Be ahead of the Game strategy session. This strategy has helped many of our students complete their qualifications, enhance their resume/business proposals, and 10x their income potential. We are sure they’ll do the same for you! 

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