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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!”

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Techskill Academy Launches Nationally Recognised Short Courses In Response to High Demand

It is time to switch from Netflix to an online short course that will add value to your career or business outcomes.

Investing in yourself by taking up a short course is one way to get the qualifications you need to develop extra skills and knowledge FAST and to establish a successful career or business with confidence.

At Techskill Academy, our vision is to provide Australians with the opportunity to learn, develop and improve anytime, anywhere through our nationally recognised courses and RPL programs.

Over the years, Techskill Academy seen a high demand for short courses. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we decided to introduce a range of heavily discounted short courses to job seekers and people who are looking to change career or increase their skill set. The aim is to help people gain a new skill via remote learning and complete each course in a short period of time so they can be rewarded for their initiatives quicker, saving time and months’ worth of study investment.

For only $220 per course, you can choose topics that suit your professional needs and industry, study online at your own pace, anytime, anywhere. Most importantly, Techskill Academy’s short courses are part of a nationally recognised program and are available through Skills Recognition (RPL). 

Turn a challenge into an opportunity for progression

Accredited Short Courses for Building and Construction

A recognised course is a formal confirmation that the course is nationally recognised and meets quality assurance requirements. It also means that the course meets an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative and community need, which could potentially help build capability, enhance employability, and increase your income potentials.

Whether you are a sole trader or an employee looking to upskill or reskill, our short courses include a range of certificates that have been added based on the analysis of national skills needs by the National Skills Commission and local industry advice on employment opportunities.

So, it’s time to stop bingeing on Netflix and instead reskill through one of these new online short courses today:

If you are currently working and finding it hard to work and study at the same time, flexible study options are available to meet your busy schedules and lifestyle. Call 1300 089 979 to speak with one of our Education Consultants today or email enquiries@techskill.com.au for more information.

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How To Turn A Small Garden Maintenance Business Into A Million-Dollar Worth Landscaping Company

Three Excavators Work On Construction site

The landscaping services industry in Australia is booming and has a market size worth $6 billion and an industry employing more than 33,000 workers annually*.

But did you know that the landscaping services industry has no major players with a market share greater than 5%*?

This means the landscaping services industry has a particularly low market share concentration which indicates greater competition, great for productivity, plenty of room to increase market share for landscape businesses and an attractive option for investors in the long term.

Many people may think greater competition means harder to make a profit. The truth is and according to Harvard Business Reviews, in many industries, companies having a low market share consistently outperform their larger rivals and show very little inclination to either expand their share or withdraw from the fight.

Landscape Construction Worker

The point here is to be successful, a low share company must compete in the segments where its own strengths will be most highly valued and where its large competitors will be most unlikely to compete.

If you have been considering starting your own landscaping company, it is certainly an attractive option considering the landscaping services industry is forecasted to strengthen marginally over the next 5 years as the economy emerges from the COVID-19 recession.

Improved investment trends in the residential building and infrastructure construction markets are forecast to underpin improved demand conditions for landscaping contractors. The gradual recovery in both single-unit housing and apartment construction is anticipated to stimulate demand for landscaping services over the next five years, benefiting the industry’s many small-scale contractors too.

Riverside Park LandscapeIt is possible to double your income as a Landscape Business Owner

Another point here to note is that the landscape industry operates somewhere between 2% and 10% profit and has a 6.1% projected job growth in the next 5 years. As a landscape contractor in Australia, you can expect to make an average $70K annual salary*.

As a landscape professional and company, you can potentially double or even triple your annual salary by learning how to cost a project and making the most of every hour, eliminating waste, and generating more total revenue per man-hour.

Many landscape owners have found ways to earn profit margins of 30%, 40%, even 50% net profit on a portion of their work. This super profit status isn’t achieved by increasing prices but by increasing efficiency and productivity.

Develop the skills you need to master your own destiny.

To start your own landscape business in Australia and to achieve super profit begins with undertaking a vocational qualification such as the Certificate III in Landscaping Construction AHC30916. This is a requirement for anyone looking to apply for a structural landscaping licence*

The good news is this nationally recognised course is available through Skills Recognition (RPL). Anyone with more than 2 years of experience should take a minute to complete our FREE skills assessment. This is an opportunity to check your eligibility to receive credit and potentially fast-track your way to getting the qualification required to become a trade qualified landscape business owner in Australia.

And… considering landscape gardener is one of the trades on the national skills needs list*, you may even be eligible to attract the following additional employer incentives and personal benefits:

  1. Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments
  2. Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive
  3. Trade Support Loan

Landscape Construction AustraliaInvesting in your dreams can be daunting at first but if you do it right, the payout will be more than worth it.

To check your eligibility for RPL or to find out more information about Certificate III in Landscape and Construction AHC30916, call us now on 1300 089 979 or email enquiries@techskill.com.au

*Reference/Source: 
https://www.ibisworld.com/au/industry/landscaping-services/335/
https://www.busyatwork.com.au/support-jobseekers/apprenticeships-traineeships/national-skills-needs-list/
https://www.bmd.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Overview-1.pdf
https://www.payscale.com/research/AU/Job=Landscaping_Contractor/Hourly_Rate
https://www.zoominfo.com/c/jmac-constructions-pty-ltd/350619483

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Qualifications that cut through the pandemic chaos

In this article, we want to share with you the positive impact of a qualification that could help you cut through this pandemic chaos and take advantage of the uncertainty in the current state of the market to potentially improve your career and business outcomes within the next 12-months.

Since the second quarter of 2020, we witnessed a new level of social connectedness on a global scale, innovation, and adoption of new technologies at an incredible rate. We have seen restaurants improve their business models, new apps to bridge both ends of demand and supply with minimal physical human interaction.

On that note, the education sector undertakes the most dramatic change; the rise of e-learning where teaching is undertaken remotely on digital platforms. For the trades and services industry, this means staying ahead of new legislative changes and requirements, ensuring you have the right knowledge, skills set and qualification is easily accessible more than ever.

For example, if you intend to become a medium-rise registered builder* to increase your income potential, you could consider signing up for the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 or take this opportunity to check your eligibility to receive credit for previous skills and experience through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Many skilled blue-collar communities are taking advantage of these uncertain times to prepare themselves through nationally recognised programs. It is the perfect step-up for commercial workers looking to leverage current skills to move into more senior positions or higher paid jobs.

With the advent of e-learning, resources are accessible at a much lower cost than you could ever imagined. It not only provides personalised content, tailored for the busy people with specific career goals, it has also shown to increase retention of information and takes less time. 

*Information here is a guide only and regulations change for each state. Please check with your local authority for licensing applications or more information

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Top 5 reasons to pursue a career in work health and safety

A Work Health and Safety Officer is mainly responsible for preventing accidents, injuries, and work-related illnesses in the workplace. They are responsible for creating and implementing health and safety policies and procedures in accordance with the latest legislation and to ensure that these policies are implemented within the workplace.

The responsibilities of a Work Health and Safety Officer include, but are not limited to:

  • identifying hazards
  • assessing, controlling, and where possible eliminating risks in the workplace
  • analysing, developing, and implementing work health and safety plans
  • reviewing, designing and effecting return-to-work programs
  • training employees and contracts in the correct use of equipment (where required)
  • recording, reporting and investigating workplace accidents and injuries
  • recording and reporting on safety performance
  • inspecting, auditing and making recommendations on workplace conditions and hazards
  • forming policies and processes to ensure the workplace is compliant with the appropriate legislation
  • stay updated with the current legislation, news and technology concerning the WHS industry
  • collaborating and liaising with employees, contractors, and other external parties at various levels

If you have been considering a career in work health and safety but aren’t sure if you should complete a qualification in work health and safety, perhaps the following 5 reasons may help you make an informed decision:

#1 The projected job growth over the next 5 years is 2.9%

(Image Source: https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/role/work-health-and-safety-officer )

It has been projected by Job Outlook that between 10,000 to 25,000 more Work Health and Safety professionals are needed in 2020 compared to 2015. Currently, there are nearly 30,000 people employed as occupational and environmental health professionals in Australia and the projected job growth over the next 5 years is 2.9%. . This shows a growth in demand and how crucial the functions of a Work Health and Safety Officers are to our nation.

#2 Employers are looking for tactful and diplomatic WHS officers

As one of Australia’s fast growing sectors, safety is now vital in many industries and workplaces across Australia. Employers are looking for WHS Officers who are tactful and diplomatic, able to work independently or as part of a team, good communication skills, good interpersonal skills, as well as someone who can exercise great discretion and respect for confidentiality and privacy. They also look for personnel who are computer literate, have strong analytical skills and excellent listening and research skills. Most importantly, employers are looking for employees who have integrity and are honest.

#3 Access new career opportunities with income potential up to $142K

(Image source: https://www.payscale.com/research/AU/Job=Compliance_Manager/Salary )

To become a Work Health and Safety officer, a formal qualification is required. By completing the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41419 and/or Diploma of Work Health and Safety BSB51319, you’ll be ready to seek out a wide range of new career opportunities and help keep Australians safe. These courses are also an ideal stepping stone to more advanced training which could help you move into more senior roles such as a Senior Compliance Manager with income potential up to $142K. It provides a great foundation of essential health and safety skills you can build on with specialised training.

#4 An essential part of day-to-day work in many Australian industries

Occupational health and workplace safety is an essential part of the day-to-day work in many Australian industries. It is especially important for people working in:

  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Transport, Postal & Warehousing
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Nursing
  • Government Departments
  • Human Resources

#5 Advance into senior management roles 

Senior managers and executives have a duty to ensure their organisation complies with its duties and obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Safety Rehabilitation Compensation Act 1988.

The role and influence a person has in the organisation determines if they are considered to be an ‘officer’ under work health and safety laws. Senior managers and executives are almost always ‘officers’ in their organisation.

Therefore, knowing key skills in workplace health and safety is vital when you want to advance into senior jobs, management roles, or even just up-skill within your current job.  Show employers you have the right skills to play your part in keeping their safety systems running smoothly.

Click here to download the Employment Outlook Guide for more information.

Interested in becoming a work health and safety officer?

  1. Complete a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41419 and Diploma of Work Health and Safety BSB51319
  2. Gain 3 years’ full-time experience in a HSE Practitioner role.
  3. Complete a capability assessment, including complete HSE Practitioner Portfolio Report, referee checks and interviews.
  4. Renew certification annually and complete ongoing CPD.

Contact Us today to receive a FREE consultation with one of our Education Advisors.

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Education is the key to small business success

Why savvy small business owners are making the most of education opportunities

Running your own business requires an enormous amount of knowledge over vastly different areas.  Along with knowing the ins and outs of the product or service you’re selling, you need to be on top of the accounting, taxation, legal requirements and HR management. You’ll also need the skills and time to invest in growing your business.

Now that you’re immersed in the world of business, it’s the perfect time to address those knowledge gaps that your previous studies left behind.  Whether you take on a short course and gain some micro-credentials to boost your portfolio, or a Diploma course from an RTO – your business will flourish from the fresh ideas and energy that study brings. Are you one of the thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs, like Richard Branson, who found that formal study after high school didn’t suit you? Now that you’re immersed in the world of business you may find that studying is again calling your name. Studying has gone virtual and is more accessible and enjoyable than in the past.

Studying has never been easier, or more important.

Before Google, studying used to mean hours of sitting in the library, combing through journal articles and textbooks to find obscure quotes you could use to bolster the word count on lengthy essays you would never read or use again. The phrase ‘use it or lose it’ definitely applies here – 99% of the information you once so tirelessly researched probably hasn’t been retained, because you just didn’t know what you would need to know and it wasn’t relevant at the time.

Enter the world of digital learning.  Lectures and tutorials you can access when it suits you.  Research at the click of a button.  Real-life and relevant assessment tasks that you will actually use in your everyday work. Virtual classrooms where you can chat with other students and make real life connections.  

It’s not just the way we learn online that has changed. The world of study has opened up.  You no longer need to complete a full MBA to get advanced management and leadership courses with trainers who are industry leaders.  Contemporary qualifications allow you control over the areas you want to focus on, and you can upskill in complementary areas at the same time, such as Leadership Management and project management, or Project Management and Work Health and Safety.

Investing in your skill development pays off

The challenges of running a small business often means wearing many hats – especially in the early days.  As a business owner, taking time out from the day to day work can be tough to juggle, but the payoff is worth it.  Make time to step away from your usual tasks to learn new skills and new ways of approaching problems. Being challenged to think in a different way about your business creates opportunities for growth and expansion in which you may never have found the time to explore.

The good news is higher learning courses aimed at business owners already in the industry are tailored to be practical, relevant and hands on. – Assessment tasks are more likely to be project based, working on solutions to real life situations you’ll encounter in your business.

The priceless return on your investment for studying is:

  • Practical and up to date business advice
  • Access to the latest best-practice
  • Access to industry experts who can guide you as you grow your business.

Grow your leadership skills

As your business grows, it’s important to make sure you move from being the person doing the work, to be the person managing the business.  Most business owners focus on investing in the right people to support their business as it grows. But they often forget to give themselves the skills and knowledge to successfully delegate and focus on the tasks that drive their business forwards.

Whether you have 1 employee, or hundreds, you’ll be looked at to provide the guidance and support your employees need.  As the boss, you need to know the up-to-date legislation around leave entitlements, awards, work health and safety and ensuring your documentation and practices are compliant and legal.  Sure, you could spend days and weeks tracking down this information for yourself, but how can you be sure you’ve got it right?

Leadership and management courses gives you the skills and knowledge to:

  • manage employees
  • know your rights and responsibilities as an employer
  • get the support of industry qualified educators who can guide you to developing policies and practices that will ensure you and your employees are protected.

As an added bonus, when you learn to recruit the right people and manage your teams with confidence – the rewards of a cohesive and productive team will have your business booming.

Investments that pay off

Remember when you were at Uni, learning about seemingly irrelevant facts and case studies that were meaningless at the time?  Now that you’re actually working in the industry, you’ll know what questions to ask, and what you need to know to grow. You will gain far greater knowledge from studying now. 

Studying is a great way to not only broaden your horizons and learn new skills but expand your network of like-minded business owners.  Having a group of people who are going through the same challenges and ups and downs that you can bounce ideas off is invaluable in the sometimes lonely business of small business ownership.

Talk to your accountant before you study – you may even be able to claim your course costs and materials as a tax expense!