ACBC Monthly Newsletter – July 2021


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7 July 2021

Mark Twain said, “Prediction is difficult – particularly when it involves the future”. The ever-changing circumstances we work and learn in can make it difficult to predict and plan.

I’ve heard people refer to this as the ‘new normal’. I prefer to describe it as ‘no normal’. I feel we need to work in the ‘now’ and adopt skills for the current environment. Students studying VET programs are being challenged to spend more of their time learning online. Our teachers are also challenged to deliver more programs remotely. While our VET programs are still focused on work-based training, we need to accept that the workplace is moving to an online remote environment.

ACBC has already accepted the challenge to help our students learn to manage their work selves, and gain an understanding of what their preferred industry expects of them – whether this is through online or traditional working environments.

We are now in our midyear break. Despite the two-week lockdown in Sydney our administration staff are on campus following the necessary COVID-safe guidelines. We look forward to seeing our students return for Term 3.

We also encourage School Careers Advisors to contact us to explore study and career options for their students.

In these times of ‘no normal’ ACBC is well prepared to accept the challenge of providing our students with a real work experience and supported vocational training. It’s an exciting time as opportunities emerge to explore even more innovative teaching approaches. The current environment is prompting our industry to look at more digital options, such as virtual reality environments and workplace simulators.

ACBC is preparing to embrace these opportunities.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – June 2021


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9 June 2021

It has been a pleasure for the ACBC team to visit so many schools in the past month and we look forward to more visits in the coming months. It was great to see so many students seriously considering the education and career options as the begin new chapters in their lives.

Other good news for vocational education and training has been the Federal Budget. Under the new budget, $2.7 billion will be provided to extend the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program. This is a wage subsidy that reimburses $7,000 per quarter for 12 months for taking on new trainees and apprentices.

In addition, $500 million will be added to the JobTrainer fund, depending upon matching contributions from state and territory governments. The goal is to provide 136,000 free and low-fee training places, including 10,000 places for digital skills courses. This support will help young people gain valuable skills and contribute to a growing economy. We are proud to be a part of this.

Our students and trainees have been progressing well this year, gaining skills and knowledge, and making new connections. In addition to their hard work, we took time out to raise funds for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea which supports the Cancer Council in its cancer research and prevention efforts.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – May 2021


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2 May 2021

We are excited to see our students back after their well-deserved break. During this term, our students will be interviewing for their Work Placement positions which will begin in July. Our Work Placement program is an important part of the education and training at Australia Careers Business College, as it gives our students hands-on experience of working in their fields. To any students who need help preparing for Work Placement interviews, remember that our Careers Advisors and Campus Managers are here to assist you.

This is also the time when many Year 12 students start seriously thinking about their study options for next year. Due to the pandemic last year, we were unable to visit high schools. Now we are reconnecting with schools and it’s been a breath of fresh air to visit high schools and meet with students who are planning their futures. We look forward to visiting more high schools that have already booked for our information sessions.

If your school hasn’t booked yet, we invite Careers Advisors to contact us to schedule an information session at your school. An information session with ACBC can support you in helping your students choose a well-matched, rewarding career, provide insight into where to study and keep students enthusiastic and motivated in taking their next step. Younger students benefit as well by getting a clearer picture of the options available before they reach Year 12. We’re also happy to send an information pack about ACBC and the courses we offer.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – April 2021


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10 April 2021

It’s great to see our students settling in, making friends and adjusting to the demands of college life at the end of our first term. It’s also great to see our online students and trainees progressing as well.

We are pleased to be playing a role in Australia’s economic recovery by helping people gain the skills that employers need. This includes the Job Trainer program where we are offering courses in growing areas of ageing support and community services.

Besides the career skills and knowledge gained in the classroom, online and in traineeships, we also emphasise the ‘soft skills’ required for success in the workplace. These skills can be summarised by the word ‘professionalism’. Professionalism has been defined as the skill, good judgment, and polite behaviour that are expected from a person who is trained to do a job well.

Being professional includes your overall approach to how you interact with others and get your work done. A few characteristics of professionalism include being on time to start your work and being punctual at meetings throughout the day; dressing appropriately according to the standards of your workplace; avoiding office gossip and treating others with respect; doing what you say you will do and getting your job done; and asking questions when you need help.

In addition, a crucial foundation of your professionalism is attitude. In your career, your attitude is how you feel about your work, your customers and your colleagues. If you have a negative attitude to begin with, you will not get the results you need to progress in your career. So your attitude can be just as important as the knowledge and skills you are developing. As Lou Holtz said, ‘Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.’

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – March 2021


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8 March 2021

I am excited to welcome the Class of 2021 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. I would also like to welcome the students joining us through the SBAT and EVET programs, our online students, and the international students who have joined us from Brazil, Columbia and the United Kingdom.

This past year has been challenging for us all, with many unexpected changes along the way. We got through it and were proud to see so many students learn and grow over the year and graduate despite the difficulties.

On the subject of change, 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 2020


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13 December 2020

We are extremely proud of our students this year who have completed their studies in a challenging environment. Congratulations on a job well done and a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped our students achieve so much this year – to the staff, trainers, families and friends, host employers and community leaders. We look forward to seeing our graduates create brilliant futures as they enter the workforce and pursue further study.

There are many exciting opportunities for new students and trainees in 2021. These include a range of fee-free courses with limited places available that may help you gain part time work while you are studying. ACBC is approved as a VET Student Loans Provider which creates more options for prospective students.

Other opportunities include EVET and SBAT (School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships) which make it possible for high school students to get a head start by gaining a nationally recognised qualification before leaving school.

ACBC offers a COVID-Safe environment for planning and completing study for next year, and our staff are trained in infection control, so students will  be safe.  Our campus includes 1,500 square metres of classrooms and breakout spaces, so there’s plenty of room for everyone.

From all of us at ACBC, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and all the best in the new year.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – October 2020


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8 November 2020

Vocational education and training is a critical part in ramping up the economy and we are excited to play a role in this. In addition to developing the skills that young people need to enter the workforce and be most productive, current workers need to upskill and reskill to assist their organisations in growing and adapting to a new environment.

Our COVID-Safe training is one exciting example of adapting to the changing conditions. October has been an amazing month for us helping a wide range of businesses ramp up COVID-19 prevention. The Australian Government released the fee-free training for eligible persons with the support of the NSW Department of Education and Training. This provides access for employers, their employees and other individuals to the latest guidelines and skills in relation to the prevention and control of bacteria and other infectious diseases and safe work environments. So far, we have been pleased to train almost 300 participants from a wide range of organisations. We have approximately 300 places available in November and December, so please contact our Careers Advisors on how to enrol.

As part of the new budget, the Commonwealth Government announced $1 billion to create 340,000 fee-free or low-cost training for school leavers and participants in the JobTrainer program to achieve certificate and diploma qualifications. ACBC will be part of the JobTrainer program commencing in mid-November. The JobTrainer package has two parts. The first part, worth A$1.5 billion, is aimed at keeping people already in apprenticeships and traineeships employed. The second part is aimed at school leavers and those looking for work. It provides A$500 million for vocational education and training courses. The NSW Government has committed almost $160 million to match the Federal Government’s funding, as part of the State’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan. Watch this space for some exciting announcements.

Another development for us is offering the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services beginning in 2021. Community services enable people to positively shape society. Communities across Australia are increasingly growing and becoming more diverse. So the need for effective community services has never been stronger. At the same time, Australia has a skills shortage in this field, so skilled community services professionals are highly sought after.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – October 2020


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11 October 2020

We are very proud of our students who have completed Term 3 and are looking forward to seeing them back in Term 4. 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.

It was a pleasure to welcome prospective students and trainees to our Virtual Open Day on September 19th. Our guests had the opportunity to learn about their study, training and career options. Thank you to all who joined us online and our staff and students who assisted on the day.

We have been pleased to introduce training to prevent COVID-19 transmission and improve workplace safety. The Australian Government released the FEE-FREE training for eligible persons with the support of the NSW Department of Education and Training. This provides access for employers, their employees and other individuals to the latest guidelines and skills in relation to the prevention and control of bacteria and other infectious diseases and safe work environments.

Year 12 students have now completed their school and are now getting ready for HSC exams which commence on October 20th. Although the economic conditions have been challenging, now is the time to gain new skills that employers will need now and well into the future. Vocational education and training fills the skills gap and boosts economic prospects. One example that shows the importance of VET is Germany, in which over 60% of the population choose vocational education and training over university. This approach has enabled them to remain an economic powerhouse that excels in innovation, trade and technology.

We introduced online learning several years ago and now it has become even more relevant for people wanting to gain new skills and maintain flexibility to work around other commitments. 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.

Another development we are looking forward to in the next year is offering the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services. Community services enable people to positively shape society. Communities across Australia are increasingly growing and becoming more diverse. So the call for strong community services has never been louder. At the same time, Australia has a skills shortage in this field, so skilled professionals are highly sought after.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – September 2020


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8 September 2020

Between 24 and 30 August 2020, National Skills Week highlighted the importance of vocational education and training. Many events across Australia were held to raise the profile and status of vocational learning, dispel outdated myths and showcase the attractive career opportunities that can be achieved through VET.

As noted on the National Skills Week website, “Vocational Education and Training (VET) has been the foundation of Australia’s strong and vibrant economy. It has produced industry leaders, it offers great diversity, new and exciting career paths, supports our resources and primary industries, builds our cities, supports our tourism, our monuments, our heritage and much, much more.”

The Commonwealth Government has recognised the value of vocational education and training for the role it will play in the nation’s recovery from COVID-19. As a result, the government has committed an additional $3.3 billion, which includes funding for the creation of an additional 340,700 VET training places. We look forward to helping rebuild Australia’s economy by developing essential skills for the workforce.

In addition, we have been approved to deliver COVID-Safe training subsidised by the New South Wales government. The training will help ensure that current and future employees have the skills to promote safe work environments.

We introduced online learning several years ago and now it has become even more relevant for people wanting to gain new skills and maintain flexibility to work around other commitments. 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.

EVET applications for 2021 closed on the 4th of September 2020. We have had significant interest and enrolments up until the deadline. Thank you to all our schools, their careers advisors and students for choosing ACBC as their training provider. We looking forward to training and supporting our students through their vocational education journey through school.

Careers advisors or students who may have missed out on applying for an EVET program during this round will have another opportunity to apply between the 7th of December this year and the 27th of January 2021, when the late applications round opens. The courses available are:

  • BSB30115 Certificate III in Business
  • BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • FNS30115 Certificate III in Financial Services
  • SIT30216 Certificate III in Travel.

On Saturday the 19th September, we will be holding our annual Open Day, which will be an online event. 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 at our Open Day, a virtual careers expo.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – August 2020


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9 August 2020

Recent events have taught us about the importance of being flexible in the winds of change. Although the pandemic has required social distancing, education institutions have been able to move to online learning. Likewise, many retail businesses have increased their online activities to maintain and even grow revenue during lockdowns. In fact, year-on-year e-commerce growth reached 120% in May 2020.

At ACBC, we have always focused on developing skilled and resilient professionals who are equipped to adapt to change through their education and training. In our one-year Diploma courses, our students are required to stretch themselves in many ways. This prepares them for the massive changes they will experience throughout their careers.

Despite the declines in a range of sectors, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future. According to recent research conducted in June by the Skills Commission, the proportion of businesses expecting to increase their staffing levels in the coming months was 21%, the highest since mid-February. Some of these businesses plan on reinstating staff who had been temporarily stood down or replacing staff who had been let go from the business due to the pandemic.

We are looking forward to welcome students back to campus in a staggered approach from 10 August. Our Legal Services, Early Childhood Education and Care, and Travel and Tourism students will be back on campus one day per week. The remainder of classes will continue online via Zoom until further notice.

During the inevitable ups and downs in the economy, education and training will always be an asset that pays dividends. So as the economy begins to recover, now is the perfect time to get the education and training that will make it possible to navigate the future world of work.

To view the rest of the August 2020 Newsletter, click here