ACBC Monthly Newsletter – July 2020


TERM 2 | ISSUE 5
12 July 2020

Message from the CEO

Although hard work and persistence are the foundation of a successful career, we can overlook the importance that rest and relaxation play in our productivity and overall success. Many businesses now realise the importance of this and emphasise a balanced approach to work. Constantly multitasking, eating lunch at your desk and running between meetings can be counterproductive. According to the Harvard Business Review, taking short breaks after working for 90-minute periods and taking a real lunch break is more productive than working straight through without a break. This is because the body and mind need time to rejuvenate throughout the day.

There’s also a growing body of research that highlights the importance of getting the right amount of sleep. A lack of sleep can contribute to poor work performance, anxiety and depression, obesity and lower academic results. In fact, numerous studies have shown a strong connection between a lack of sleep and poor academic performance.

Holiday breaks are an excellent time to rejuvenate ourselves. Stepping away for a few days or weeks gives the mind and body time to relax and enables us to return to our work and studies with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

As we have reached the end of the term and the halfway point for many of our students, remember the importance of taking time out to achieve balance and maximise long-term productivity. The upcoming break is good opportunity for our students to rest, relax and reflect on their achievements so far this year.

Although the challenges of 2020 have called for innovative approaches to learning, we are confident that the knowledge and skills developed this year will match the achievements of previous classes and act as a solid foundation for launching careers and pursuing further education.

While the COVID-19 situation seems to change every day, we know that education and training are a vital key for rebuilding the economy. For people looking to launch or change careers, now is the perfect time to gain new knowledge and skills. Our online courses offer the opportunity to do this in a way that fits their busy schedules.

We are very excited that our team has started conducting career guidance sessions via Zoom. These sessions are an interactive way to reach high school students and also meet social distancing guidelines. The Zoom sessions can be for large groups or individual students at a time that’s suitable. The sessions cover the courses offered at ACBC and cover other education and training options and the resulting job opportunities. We give students the opportunity to ask questions, assisting them to make choices for 2021 and beyond. When possible, under current guidelines, we are happy to visit schools for live sessions.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – June 2020


TERM 1 | ISSUE 4
7 June 2020

Message from the CEO

Although the past few months have been a challenge for everyone, we can look forward to recovery and growth in the future. Education and training continue to play an important role in supporting the economy and increasing productivity.

The research supports the need to support vocational education and training. According to the Productivity Commission’s interim Skills and Workforce Development Agreement Report released on 5 June 2020, the proportion of people without qualifications at a Certificate 3 level or above decreased from 47.1% in 2009 to 37.5% in 2019. But this missed the COAG goal of reducing this number to 23.6% by 2020.

In addition, although the number of diplomas and advanced diplomas sharply increased between 2009 and 2012, this number has since fallen to its 2009 level. So there is a long way to go in meeting Australia’s education and training needs.

VET providers have a critical role to play in increasing skills and boosting employment. According to NCVER’s  School-to-Work Pathways report, 97% of young adults who entered full-time work early (which usually involves some VET) were employed full or part-time by the age of 25.

During these recent challenging times, the Federal Government has been trying to support people across the community. One of the initiatives that we think is very important is the support of employers to encourage them not to let their trainees go during the downturn. The government is offering up to $21,000 in wage support for employers of trainees who were in traineeships at 1 March 2020. This is such a positive approach to making sure that training continues for trainees, as having well trained staff is one of the key tools for businesses to recover from the downturn.

It’s not well known that to access benefits from Centrelink, students must study an approved course at an approved education provider to access Youth Allowance, Austudy, or Pensioner Education Supplement. ACBC is an approved education provider for this. Online students may also be eligible for support if they complete their Diploma courses within 12 months based on 75% of the full-time face-to-face study load.

Like everyone else, ACBC has had to adapt to the changes we’ve seen due to COVID-19. We are very excited that our team has started conducting career guidance sessions via Zoom. These sessions are an interactive way to reach your students and also meet the social distancing guidelines in your school. The Zoom sessions can be for large groups or individual students at a time that suits you. The sessions cover the courses offered at ACBC, but also cover other education and training options and the resulting job opportunities. We give students the opportunity to ask questions, assisting them to make choices for 2021 and beyond. When possible, under current guidelines, we are happy visit schools for live sessions.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – May 2020


TERM 1 | ISSUE 3
4 May 2020

Message from the CEO

At ACBC, we have been changing with the times to overcome the current challenges. Social distancing and movement restrictions have meant that ACBC has had to be innovative for our CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care students and our trainees. In April, we have transitioned to using Zoom to conduct workplace observations instead of  visiting. Our regulator, ASQA, has been supportive of innovative ways to conduct assessment and workplace observations. The most important thing is that our students and trainees have continuity of training and assessment, and this new way of doing things via technology looks like it will be a part of the way all RTOs conduct their training into the future. Thanks to our employers and students for welcoming the changes and being supportive.

We are excited to announce that we are now offering our CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as an online option for people living outside of New South Wales. Many course applicants from other states wanted to study with ACBC, but couldn’t. However, we have developed a delivery model that enables us to manage compulsory practicum arrangements in other states. This is great news for people wanting to gain their industry qualifications by studying online with us across Australia. Demand in the childcare sector continues to grow and the online option from ACBC is helping people to train or retrain for a career in this exciting and rewarding industry.

One of the challenges for studying online is planning study to make sure that assessments are submitted on time and in sequence within the course timeframe. After feedback from our online students and trainers, ACBC has now implemented a new system for our online students. We issue ‘assessment schedules’ with due dates for assessments. This way, our trainers can support and coach and better track progress. Of course, there is flexibility in the system, but experience tells us that a good study plan can help our students achieve outcomes in all delivery modes. The idea of studying at ‘your own pace’ sounds appealing, but for many students, who are returning to study or have busy lives, a plan is very helpful. Initial feedback from our students has been very positive.

During these recent challenging times, the Federal Government has been trying to support people across the community. One of the initiatives that we think is very important is the support for employers to encourage them not to let their trainees go during the downturn. The government is offering up to $21,000 in wage support for employers of trainees who were in traineeships at 1 March 2020. This is such a positive approach to making sure that training continues for trainees, as having well trained staff is one of the key tools for businesses to recover from the downturn.

The Federal Government recognises the importance of Vocational Education and Training in setting up the economy for long-term recovery. Several recent support initiatives have included updating the MySkills website to make it easier to find online training options to upskill during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other developments to support the VET sector include waiving of ASQA fees and charges, and the delay to ASQA’s move to full cost recovery, to help maintain the cash flow of VET providers and support education and training.

It’s not well known that to access benefits from Centrelink, students must study an approved course at an approved education provider to access Youth Allowance, Austudy, or Pensioner Education Supplement. ACBC is an approved education provider for this. Online students may also be eligible for support if they complete their Diploma courses within 12 months based on 75% of the full-time face-to-face study load.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – April 2020


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5 April 2020

Message from the CEO

We hope your families, friends and associates are staying well during these challenging times. At ACBC, we have taken steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This has included taking all campus studies online using video conferencing tools. During this time, our careers advisors and student services staff are remaining on campus to ensure that everything keeps running smoothly.

While focusing on the present challenges, it’s also a good time to look to the future when the pandemic has passed. Employers rebuilding businesses in the future will be looking for skilled and qualified staff. So it’s the perfect time to focus on gaining skills and knowledge while obtaining a nationally recognised qualification.

The Australian Government has recently increased the Youth Allowance and Austudy for the next six months. This makes it an excellent opportunity for young people to gain the knowledge and skills to launch successful careers. Find out more about government assistance for full-time and online study.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – March 2020


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1 March 2020

Message from the CEO

I am excited to welcome the Class of 2020 to Australian Careers Business College.  We are proud that you have chosen to join over 8,000 students who have come through our doors since 1996. We look forward to guiding you on your path to employment and higher education.

You are now beginning a transformational time in your life. Over the next 10 months you will build valuable career skills, gain hands-on industry experience, develop professional networks and make new friends. As you begin your studies, I would like to share a few keys to succeeding at ACBC.

First, always ask questions when you don’t know the answer to something. There is nothing wrong with asking for help – that’s how we learn and grow. Your trainers, Campus Manager and Careers Advisors are here to assist you.

Second, apply yourselves and give it all your effort. This includes planning ahead to ensure you take the time to study and avoid getting behind with assessments.

Third, get the right balance between studying, socialising and working. We all need balance to function properly, so determine how much time you will need for each area.

Remember that classroom learning and assignments are important throughout the year, but we will also take time to make friends, serve our communities and have fun at campus events.

Our aim at ACBC is to re-create the workplace environment so you can gain the skills employers need. Your study, in-class experiences and Work Placement are a solid foundation for building your careers. Employers seek our graduates because they have earned a reputation for having positive attitudes and sound knowledge, while presenting themselves professionally.

To our new students who joined us recently and students who returned after the summer break, we look forward to encouraging and supporting you to get the most out of your experience and watching you succeed during your time at ACBC.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – December 2019


TERM 4 | ISSUE 10
1 December 2019

Message from the CEO

The word ‘disruption’ is now used often to describe the turbulent environment that businesses operate in. A few years ago, business disruption was the rare exception, but it’s now a reality that companies face on a regular basis. The same is true of careers as globalisation and technology have increased the potential for rapid change.

Fortunately, there are things we can do to stay ahead of disruption. One way is to stay ahead of the curve. This means keeping up to date about what is going on in your industry and taking the steps to gain new skills and knowledge. For example, if new technology is being introduced into your field, taking the initiative to master it will put you ahead of the curve. This might include getting new certifications or qualifications.

Another way to stay ahead of disruption is to be resilient. If you lose a job due to disruption in your industry, don’t panic. Often a disruption is an opportunity to look for new opportunities in your current field or a related one where you can transfer your existing skills and knowledge. Resilience is connected to another crucial part of staying ahead of disruption – and that is to turn negatives into positives.

In careers as well as life, we have to be able to get back into the ring when we are disrupted. This requires looking for the positive and every challenging situation and learning from it.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – November 2019


TERM 4 | ISSUE 9
5 November 2019

Message from the CEO

We are pleased to be celebrating our 23rd year at ACBC. Over this time we have helped thousands of people shape, launch and advance their careers. Although we have faced challenges over the past three years as the government has changed how it supports VET students, we still continue to believe in the crucial role vocational education and training plays in Australia.

Over the past two years, we’ve helped hundreds of unemployed young people gain job-seeking and workplace skills through the Youth Jobs PaTH Employability Skills Training program. We have also been making it possible for high school students gain a VET qualification and workplace skills through our growing EVET program. More recently, we have been offering School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) and are quickly becoming the preferred provider.

We continue to work with businesses and their employees through traineeships. These create win-win outcomes by enabling employees to get a qualification and new skills that they bring into their workplaces.

This year, we were excited to welcome the first international students to ACBC.

We couldn’t have come this far without the support of so many people, including our students, support staff, trainers and alumni. We also appreciate the support of our community. Local high schools and their careers advisors have welcomed us into their schools and trusted us in providing education and training. In addition, we are grateful to the business and government leaders who have supported us for more than two decades.

Thank you for making it possible for us to provide empowerment through education and training over the past 23 years.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – October 2019


TERM 3 | ISSUE 8
29 September 2019

Message from the CEO

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of Term 3 — and are now on the home stretch. When I look back at our year to date, I am reminded of all the growth I have seen as our students have gone after their career and study goals. There have been challenges along the way but seeing so many students achieve remarkable things makes it all worthwhile.

Most students who are interested in furthering their education at university have now applied for the 2020 academic year. Others have already been offered full-time or part-time jobs through their outstanding efforts during Work Placement.

With between 5 and 10 weeks left for our Diploma students — depending on their course — we now will see some real achievements. All the hard work they have put into studies and Work Placement is starting to pay off in the form of new opportunities.

It was a pleasure to welcome prospective students and trainees to our Open Day on September 21. Our guests had the opportunity to learn about their study, training and career options. Thank you to all who attended and our staff and students who assisted on the day. We are holding a second Open Day on Wednesday, 2 October, and invite prospective students and their families to attend.

In September, our Director of Studies and I met with government ministers in Sydney and Canberra to discuss the VET sector. I had a one-on-one meeting with the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships Steve Irons in Canberra. It was a productive meeting. We discussed the importance of VET and he welcomed our feedback on government policies, including the Joyce Review of the VET system. Although ACBC are members of many industry associations, it’s important to make our voice heard in Canberra where decisions about the future of VET are made.

We have met with a number of ministers and assistant ministers over the past five years as well as shadow ministers to make sure we stay on top of policy developments that can affect our current and future students. Nick, our Director of Studies, also attended an industry forum in Sydney with the Assistant Minister and other government representatives. We look forward to seeing how the sector benefits from government initiatives.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – September 2019


TERM 3 | ISSUE 7
1 September 2019

Message from the CEO

Teamwork plays an important part in career development. At ACBC we promote this among our students, administration staff and trainers. One recent opportunity to work as a team was Jeans for Genes Day in early August. We worked together as well as with our local communities to raise money for this important cause. The funds raised will assist in funding vital research that helps scientists at the Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Thank you to all who participated for making Jeans for Genes Day a resounding success.

For over 15 years, we have worked together with a range of businesses and employees through our traineeship programs. An increasing number of employers are recognising the value of enhancing the skills of their employees and have been turning to ACBC to achieve this. While employees gain valuable skills and a qualification through traineeships, employers improve their workforce and results. So it’s a win-win result.

In addition to teaming up with businesses, we have also worked with local universities through articulation agreements. We are pleased to announce that Western Sydney University has renewed our articulation agreement and updated details for advanced standing for our courses. We are honoured to be one of the few RTOs that have an articulation agreement with WSU.

In September, we will have another opportunity for teamwork and to get involved with our communities at our Open Day. Our alumni, staff, trainers, Work Placement hosts and other local leaders get involved to make our Open Day a community event. Open Day gives high school students the opportunity to discuss their options with Careers Advisors, gain insights from ACBC alumni who have launched careers, and hear from industry experts in a number of fields. In addition, our Open Day is another way for us to connect with local businesses and the communities we serve. We look forward to seeing you.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – August 2019


TERM 3 | ISSUE 6
4 August 2019

Message from the CEO

Australian Careers Business College students get a strong educational foundation in the classroom in addition to hands-on learning through Work Placement. Other important aspects of the business world we emphasise are contributing to the larger community and being a responsible corporate citizen who considers the legal, ethical and social aspects of their work.

More businesses are looking at the big picture of how their actions impact society. The term ‘corporate social responsibility’ is used to describe the way a business takes into account the financial, environmental and social impacts of its decisions and actions. One way that organisations promote social responsibility is by getting involved to assist with important issues on both local and national levels.

At ACBC we get involved as well. Each year we are proud to support Jeans for Genes Day. On this special day we wear denim to raise valuable funds for the Children’s Medical Research Institute’s fight against childhood genetic diseases. We look forward to seeing staff, students, trainers and local businesses working together again to support this great cause.

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