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Geelong Volunteering in COVID Times

Geelong, Monday 26 June 2021
Facilitated by Lucinda Rodrigue – Advisor (Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre)

Today the Gordon’s Skills and Jobs Centre was joined by three wonderful guest speakers who spoke about Volunteering in Geelong – the benefits, the types of opportunities that are available in these COVID times, and some of the things for you to consider.

A huge thankyou to our panel today:

Colin Dempsey – Operations Manager – Volunteering Geelong

https://volunteeringgeelong.org.au/

Colin works for Volunteering Geelong and has been volunteering himself for 36 years so is an expert on how it all works!

Volunteering Geelong is the central body for around 150+ organisations around Colac, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong and Queenscliff.  Volunteering Geelong promotes volunteering in the community, recruits volunteers, advertises roles, and assists both organisations and volunteers with information, support and advice – this is a particularly valuable service for smaller organisations that may not have the resources to help them with their volunteering program.

Shelly Lehman – Volunteers & Special Projects Coordinator – Encompass Community Services

Encompass has been operating for over 30 years in Geelong, and work with people with physical, intellectual, sensory and psychological disabilities, as well as people facing other disadvantage eg disengaged youth, long-term unemployed and those facing financial, social or learning barriers.  They provide NDIS services – helping disabled people with trips to the football and bowling for example.

Encompass also have an employment and training arm and business enterprises including:

Emily Leary – Senior Manager, Volunteer Projects – GenU

GenU provides community services in the aged care and disability sector (where it has a 60 year old history), as well as providing employment, training, and in-home care services.  Emily’s team also accept students wanting placements.

Gen U currently have 500+ volunteers on their books and as well as traditional opportunities, Gen U also offer the chance to volunteer for ‘virtual’ roles that you can do from your own home (eg their Penpal, Voice chat, Virtual Gamers, and Remote Skilled Volunteer Programs).   These can be great if you have transport issues or are worried about COVID but still want to volunteer.  There really is something for everyone!

Benefits of Volunteering:

As well as contributing and giving back to our community, our panellists spoke about the many benefits to YOU from volunteering.  They include:

  • helping you to make new professional networks – and friends!
  • giving you valuable job skills and something to add to your resume
  • giving you a referee
  • helping you feel like you’re making an impact/contributing
  • giving you the opportunity to apply knowledge/skills you’ve learned in a training course (Emily mentioned she volunteered with Lifeline for 12 months after finishing her Bachelor of Social Work)
  • learning more about your community – which can really help if you’ve just moved into the area and don’t know many people!
  • Learning more about potential careers (Colin mentioned a volunteer who was interested in working with animals, but not sure in what capacity.  Some volunteering at the Winged Horse Equine Centre in Portarlington helped him to decide upon his future career – as a Farrier!)
  • increasing your own confidence, health and wellbeing

Lastly, volunteering is just a great thing to do!  Emily shared a short film – “A Letter From Reece” – which features a letter writing initiative that GenU started up to address loneliness and isolation of elderly residents and children during the 2020 COVID lockdowns (and it made us all a bit teary!) 

Shelly then spoke about an Encompass volunteer sewing group that switched to making face masks when the pandemic took off, to donate to people in need.  Though the group wasn’t able to meet face-to-face during the lockdown, they continued sewing at home, kept in touch with other and had some friendly rivalry going with the number of masks they were each producing each day!  The group felt that it gave them a sense of belonging and purpose throughout the long Victorian lockdowns in 2020.

Colin highlighted the direct link between volunteering and employment.  Recent research by SEEK found that 2/3rd of hiring managers “looked favourably” on volunteers because they were thought to have better interpersonal skills, be more proactive, and more willing to accept a challenge.  Colin also spoke about the IPEP program (Impacting Pathways to Employment Program), where participants did a 4 week placement as part of the program.  Several people were offered jobs straight from this experience, which is a great outcome for all!

Things to consider before volunteering

The panel emphasised that it’s important to think about why you want to be a volunteer, how much time you have per day/week/month, and what length of time you can commit to.  Organisations have different needs, for example:

  • one day a week regular commitment 
  • casual volunteers (eg Geelong Mums will do an induction with you, and then you come whenever you have time)
  • ad hoc volunteers (eg SES have trained and ‘ready to go’ volunteers in emergencies)
  • “one off” volunteers (eg Sporting Events like a triathalon.)

It’s also good to think about how far you are willing to travel to do your volunteer work, and importantly, think what you are passionate about and interested in – do you love animals?  Is conservation important to you?  Are you passionate about Aged Care?  This can be the clue to finding the right opportunity for you.

You should also think about any skills/experience that you may have, and that would benefit the organisation. 

What sort of opportunities are there and how do I apply?

Colin said that Volunteering Geelong has 150+ organisations on their database – including Hospitals and Aged Care; Health and disability providers; Animal and Wildlife; Health and Community Centres; Emergency Services; Conservation projects; Op Shops; Food Relief; Sporting Organisations and Schools. 

Click on their website:  www.volunteeringgeelong.org.au to see a current list of jobs available – at the time of writing these included retail, gardening, aged care visits, drivers, events, conservation, administration, animal care, café, receptionists and food bank distributor positions.

Volunteering Geelong also provides a referral service for volunteers looking for volunteer roles. You can just call or email Volunteering Geelong to express your interest:

Ph:  0352211377 or info@voluteeringgeelong.org.au

Emily said to click here https://www.genu.org.au/careers/volunteering/ to see current volunteering vacancies at GenU.  You will need a resume, and can do the whole application on their website.  This is followed by an interview.  Emily’s hot tip is to research their organisation and understand them, their vision, mission and the difference that they are trying to make in the world.  This will really help your application to stand out.  If you are interviewed, she said that you can expect to be asked:

  • “Tell us about yourself”
  • “What do you know about GenU and our work?
  • “Why do you want to work with us?”

Shelley mentioned that Encompass is keen to boost their volunteer numbers back up to pre-COVID levels, and at the moment they are needing volunteers for their Café at Whittington, and if there’s any keen home gardeners reading, then they also currently need volunteers at The Paddock (the farm at Leopold).  https://www.encompass-cs.org.au/volunteer-with-us/

Other places to look include:

www.govolunteer.com.au

www.volunteer.com.au

What should you expect, as a volunteer?  What are your rights, and responsibilities?

Colin discussed that volunteers – just like paid employees – have the right to:

  • a safe workplace
  • a position description (so that it’s clear what your role is)
  • access to induction and training opportunities
  • flexible and agreed hours;
  • insurance (eg public liability insurance)
  • be treated fairly and equitably.

Shelley said that Encompass volunteers all receive an induction and will be met by their Supervisor on their 1st day for a proper site induction.  Encompass volunteers are treated just like staff and are invited to planning and training days – so you will be well looked after!

In summary

There are a great number of wonderful volunteering opportunities available – so why not get involved! 

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Wyndham Volunteering for COVID times

Wyndham,  15 June 2021

Today the Gordon’s Skills and Jobs Centre was joined by three wonderful guest speakers who spoke about Volunteering – the benefits, the types of opportunities that are available in these COVID times, and some of the things for you to consider.

A huge thankyou to:

  • Sally Cooke (Senior Volunteer Development Officer at Wyndham City Council),
  • Ash Lee (Team Leader – Volunteer Support Services at Volunteer West) and also
  • Laura Lopriore ( a volunteer at Volunteer West – who also coordinates other volunteers – big win to have Laura join our panel today!) 

Benefits of Volunteering:

We all know that volunteering benefits the community – unpaid volunteers are often the glue that hold a community together. 

However, did you know that there are many benefits to YOU from volunteering?  Lucinda and the panel spoke about these today, and they include: 

  • helping you to make new friends,
  • expanding your network,
  • giving you valuable job skills
  • giving you a referee. 

In addition, Ash discussed how volunteering can be enormously beneficial for your own wellbeing and mental health, as it provides social connection, a sense of routine, and many opportunities to keep on learning – and a reason to get out of the house!   Ash highlighted how helping others is a very well known contributor to good mental health. 

Volunteer West:

Ash talked about Volunteer West – which is an organization that helps other organizations to find volunteers by helping them with advertising vacancies, finding the right candidates, interviewing them, and completing the paperwork etc.  If you contact Volunteer West, they will have a chat with you about what you are looking for in your volunteering opportunity – a regular day and time?  A one-off project?  Something that you can do from home, or that will get you out of the house?  It’s also important to find an opportunity with an organization that matches your own values as that will help you to feel that you are making an important contribution.   Ash highlighted that it is important to find the right volunteer for each vacancy, and they will play an important role in helping find the right ‘match’ for you. 

Ash showed us the Volunteer West Website, which is a great site to explore for more information:

https://www.volunteerwest.org.au/westseed

Volunteering and Wyndham City Council:

Sally Cooke worked initially as a volunteer manager in the Visitor Information Centre, then moved on to coordinate Volunteer Recruitment for all Council programs and more recently, Volunteer Development – this latest job includes volunteering that is both internal and external to Council.

Sally highlighted that Wyndham Council have 200 of their own volunteer roles at Council and they support those, but they also support other businesses in the Wyndham area who are looking for volunteers – they provide information about volunteering (for volunteers, and also for businesses); and they offer free training for volunteers (and you don’t need to be volunteering yet to do the training!). 

Sally mentioned that volunteering at Council doesn’t guarantee that you will get a job at Council – but it WILL build your network and these can be the key to finding paid employment.  She also stressed that the experience you get while volunteering may help to give you the edge over others who haven’t volunteered, and she mentioned that she has been a referee for people who have volunteered in the past.  For people who are on Centrelink benefits, volunteering can also be counted as “Activity” (just as applying for a certain number of jobs is counted) – so this might be another good reason to consider giving volunteering a go.  Sally discussed how many people have volunteered to deliver meals to residents, and then continue to do so even after they have got a paid job, as they have enjoyed it so much – in fact, Sally says that 96% of volunteers say it ‘makes them happier’.

Wyndham currently have a 5-year strategy that will grow the number of volunteers in Wyndham, so make sure you check out their website:  

www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/volunteering

A volunteer’s story:

Laura Lopriore retired in 2019 and after a long career in administration, suddenly had spare time on her hands!  Laura reached out to Volunteer West to discuss where her admin skills could be best used.  Luckily, Volunteer West were currently looking for someone with administration experience, and so Laura became a volunteer there. Today, Laura shared how she loves her role, which involves talking to people on the phone, in order to find appropriate volunteer positions for them.  She guides them as to things they should consider – for example, their availability, how much time they want to commit, the tasks they like doing (whether it’s working with the elderly, or with children etc).  Laura said she particularly enjoys getting to know people as she works with them to find appropriate volunteering opportunities – she has met people from all sorts of diverse backgrounds and cultures.  Laura said she particularly loves placing people who want to work with the elderly – as many older residents don’t have any visitors, finding the right volunteer for them is really important.  Laura said if you are thinking about volunteering – “just go for it!  It’s really rewarding”.

What sort of opportunities are there and how can I find them?

Ash showed us what volunteering opportunities are available right now by searching their website using location and keywords, but Ash suggested that you just hit ‘Search’ to see the whole range of opportunities available:

https://www.volunteerwest.org.au/westseed

Some other good sites to check are:

https://www.volunteer.com.au

https://govolunteer.com.au/

A quick check of SEEK Volunteer revealed there are currently 1935 opportunities in the Wyndham area, so there are plenty to choose from!

https://www.wevolunteer.org.au/ is another great website to have a look at – you can go in and create your own profile and see what sort of vacancies there are in the area of community recovery following a disaster, you will get matched with local organizations in your area. 

Volunteering in COVID times

Sally discussed how some Not-for-Profit organizations are not currently accepting volunteers at the moment, and Wyndham Council’s programs were also all put on hold as many roles were community facing.  They are now starting to think about bringing back volunteers – but they are making sure that when they do, their volunteers will be protected with COVID safe practices and procedures.  It is a frequently changing situation.

What should you expect, as a volunteer?  What are your rights, and responsibilities?

Ash mentioned that if you sign up to be a volunteer, it’s important that you commit to what you said you would do, to be punctual, respect privacy and your other volunteers, and to let the organization know if you are not able to come in that day.

On the flip side, as a volunteer, you have the right to be treated as a co-worker, to have access to induction and necessary training, to be informed of changes, to access information needed to do the work, and to have some freedom of choice.  If the volunteering doesn’t suit you anymore, then you have the right to talk with your volunteer Manager about what isn’t working.  It’s also your right to be able to adjust your volunteering time if, for example, you are going on a holiday.   Ash and Sally also mentioned that it’s important to talk to your volunteer manager about: 

  • insurance (particularly if the organization is larger)
  • spending your own money (but if you do, you are entitled to get this reimbursed)

For example, if you have to use your own car, check about reimbursement of costs like petrol etc.

Applying for volunteer roles:

Sally mentioned that there is a process around applying for volunteer roles, as they have a duty of care to their clients and so have to find the right person.  You will be asked to fill out an application form and to explain why you’re a good match for the role – similar to applying for a paid role, so it’s good practice!  Sally suggested you use this process to find out if the role is also going to suit you – whether the organization matches your own values etc, as that’s the passion behind why you might apply. 

Wyndham will also ask for a Police Check and many organizations will cover the cost of that.  Many roles will also require a Working With Children Check too, if you’re going to be near children.  You can also expect a role/position description so that you know what you’re doing, and that what any insurance will cover you for. 

You can also be asked to sign a volunteer agreement –Sally explained that you’re not signing a contract as such – it’s more to show that you’re clear about what you’re signing up to do. And remember, if you don’t want to volunteer any more, you can stop at any time.   

In summary

There are a great number of wonderful volunteering opportunities available – so get involved!  And if you have any questions at all, Ash mentioned that you can contact VolunteerWest and have a chat.  There is a lot of support to help you with your decision and they are happy to help!

Industry Insights into Disability Support Services

Do you love helping people? Why not become a disability support worker? 

Thanks to the recently established National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), health care and social assistance was expected to deliver a quarter of a million new jobs by 2024, although this was before Covid.  https://lmip.gov.au/ 

Gateways Support Services and Encompass Community Services are currently recruiting with entry-level positions in the Geelong area. More good news is that you do not need a qualification but must be eager to work alongside people with a disability trying to live their best lives.

Passion and a great attitude are all you need to get started, as Jacinta Randall from Encompass and Bronwyn Sizer from Gateways told an online industry jobseeker forum hosted by the Gordon Skills and Job Centre on 18th February. 

Recruits can often work flexible hours with shifts which fit around study, children’s school pick up times or part-time work. They can especially suit career changers, parents returning to work and tertiary students studying allied health or teaching.  

It is essential to research organisations to see which suits you best. 

Gateways Support Services specialises in managing autism and ADHD with clients aged 2 to 92 and around 60 support workers to help them reach their goals. Staff work in either the organisation’s 22 accommodation settings, people’s homes, therapy sessions or accessing in the community, so a driver’s licence, first aid certificate and the ability to work independently are necessary. 

Bronwyn began in the industry as a classroom teacher interested in helping her special needs students before training adults with disabilities then into her current role as Individual Support and Recreation Manager at Gateways.  

Encompass caters to young adult school leavers and older participants who mostly attend day programs held from 9am to 3pm on weekdays. The Programs are based in Garden St, East Geelong to The Paddock, a 7-acre urban farm in Leopold, and social enterprises in Whittington such as Homestart Preloved Furniture and two opportunity shops. They also offer weekend respite, travel groups and several accommodation homes. 

Jacinta started at Encompass as a casual support worker in the day program before taking her full-time role, including welcoming and supervising placement students from many allied health courses. 

Jacinta said, “Support workers can use any personal skills and hobbies in sessions such as knitting and crafts, gardening, baking, farm work, ten pin bowling and other popular activities”. 

“This is not just a serious, caring industry. It is a lot of fun and not just one way,” said Bronwyn.  

Both organisations welcome volunteers, which can also become a pathway to work. For anyone inexperienced and lacking in confidence, this was the perfect way to gain insight into the role while accompanying paid staff to carry out their duties, Bronwen advised. 

Although entry-level support workers do not need a qualification, basic digital literacy skills and a drivers licence are essential for both organisations. Support is offered to work out how to use online timesheets, rosters and forms, accessed on an average smartphone or tablet. 

The minimum age for staff is 18 years old, and Bronwyn suggested that you will need to be available at least five hours per week for many employers, although this can be made up of shorter shifts. 

Both organisations offer recruits mentoring and encouragement to upskill to Certificate IV in Disability, provided locally at the Gordon TAFE and through other registered training organisations, including Encompass.  

What sort of person should apply for a position? 

Someone with a lot of patience, according to Jacinta, who said, “those who made the best support workers were people who were able to stand back and only step in once help was needed”. She explained the philosophy of Person Centered Active Support, which meant that a competent staff member would not take charge and chop an onion but rather talk someone through the process or provide hand over hand steadiness to allow them to chop it up themselves if that was needed.  

“They provide just enough assistance of the right kind to enable a person to succeed, in doing all or part of a task…You are supporting an individual to live their very best life,” she said. 

Jacinta recommended watching the late Stella Young’s Ted talk entitled ‘I am not your inspiration, thank you very much,’ for an insight into the social model of disability.  

“We want someone passionate, and we get a sense of that in your cover letter,” said Bronwyn, who interviews her potential staff. She added that active listening, good communication skills, flexibility and a “can-do” attitude are assets gained through previous roles in life, including parenting and studying or working in other industries. Transferrable skills like communication, risk management, customer service were essential to highlight in your application, plus any experience candidates had with friends or relatives living with a disability. 

Gateways have a strict process that allocated scores to cover letter, resume and key selection criteria documents. All must be written and checked before submission if you hope to be shortlisted and interviewed as a suitable candidate. 

“You will be nervous, but we understand and consider that. We are quite friendly, so try to let your personality out and get your passion across. We want your personality to shine,” said Bronwyn. 

Bronwyn’s tips for a great interview were: 

  • do your research into the organisation and its goals, the NDIA and the Disability Act, 
  • choose your referees well and advise them of the position you are applying for, 
  • be on time, 
  • look presentable, 
  • bring notes if needed. 

Host Lucinda Rodrigues, a careers practitioner, said that the Gordon Skills and Job Centre offered free: 

  • assistance and review of job applications, 
  • resume, key selection criteria, transferable skills and interview workshops, and 
  • private and confidential mock interviews. 

Fully qualified counsellors were available online and over the phone. 

So what are you waiting for? Get those applications in as soon as possible! 

Further references: 
Missed the session? Don’t worry, we recorded it! – Click Here
Gateways Support Services
Gateways Website – Here
Gateways Job Opportunities – Here

Encompass Community Services
Encompass Website – Here
Encompass Job Opportunities – Here

The Gordon- Skills and Jobs Centre
March Workshops: Coming soon. Keep an eye on our website here
Email: Skillscentre@gordontafe.edu.au
Phone: 5225 0700
Book Appointment

Stella Young’s Ted talkHere

The Gordon – Certificate IV in Disability Here

Industry Insights into Horticulture and Land Management

Considering a career in Horticulture or Land Management, but don’t know where to begin?

On Tuesday, February 16th, Wyndham City, with The Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre’s support, presented to the community about upcoming opportunities for work and education in Horticulture and Land Management industries. 

Horticulture and Land Management is about agriculture, gardens and gardening, landscaping and the environment. What we eat, where we live and work, the best use of our land, the soil, water and air to grow the best environment for our community. 

We were joined by industry experts currently working in the field, Taylah Scolaro from All Green Nursery, James Brincat from Parks Victoria and education representatives, Peter Fitzgerald from The Gordon and Brendan Bolton from AMES Australia.

We were thrilled to be hosting this event for the community to highlight the fantastic job opportunities available and the education offered via AMES and The Gordon, to pathway you into employment.

Taylah Scolaro from All Green explaied the business employs 100 staff across 3 sites in the Wyndham & Epping regions, and they are looking to expand. The family-owned and operated business pride themselves on their family environment and their quality services and products. Taylah joined the panel today and advised of the different roles in their business, what they’re looking for in potential employees and their application process. 

Various roles with All Green include:

  • Nursery Retail Sales Assistants, team leaders, managers
  • Landscape business Support positions (supporting with plant orders)
  • Propagation Team – Assistants, Maintenance of plants, Irrigation experts, Disease control. 

Day to day responsibilities for employees in the propagation team:

  • Cutting
  • Repotting
  • Machinery operations
  • Physical Labour

Taylah explains the expansion of their propagation site would hopefully see All Green supplying plants to the majority of the Nursery’s across the Wyndham region right down to Geelong. The development would open up employment opportunities for the local community. 

James Brincat, the Area Chief Ranger at Werribee Park, joined the panel to represent Parks Victoria. Parks Victoria manages around 18% of the wetlands, parks and Gardens in Victoria. They have a team of around 12-15 people working across Wyndham parks; Rangers and Horticultural Rangers.

James highlights that Certificate qualifications in Horticulture are a base-level entry requirement for securing work with the organisation. 

He suggests inquiring about their Seasonal Ranger program which can pathway you into secure employment with Parks Victoria. Here
Applications for this program are open towards the end of October/November. it can be very competitive, therefore having some training and experience prior to applying can make you stand out from the other applicants!

Education! 
These opportunities seem too good to be true! But they’re not, and they’re ready now for you to express your interest and get involved!

AMES Australia has put together an Introduction to Horticulture and Land management pre-accredited training. This course will be great for those who want to build their industry language, skills for work and confidence to complete higher levels of education

If you think you need extra literacy and numeracy support before diving into accredited training, this course is for you! 

Brendan Bolton, who joined us on the panel will be facilitating the training. His intense knowledge of the industry and his hands-on experience will help you understand what’s involved in working in horticulture and land management and will almost certainly get you excited about moving on to the further training, or straight into employment. 

The next opportunity is one not to be missed. Peter Fitzgerald, the Program Manager of the EnviroTech department at The Gordon, has reached out to industry to find out what qualification are necessary for you to gain entry-level employment in horticulture and land management. 

With industry advice in mind, Peter has crafted a Horticulture and Land Management Short Course comprising 5 accredited units from the Certificate II in Horticulture. This part qualification will set you up for further education, or better yet employment with Horticulture partners around the Wyndham region.

To read more about these courses visit – https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/horticultureandlandmanagement

You can express your interest in either or both of these courses, and we will contact you about the next step! 

In closing, if you have a passion for gardening, would like a change of career, love working in team environments with ample support and guidance and enjoy working in the outdoors, this education to employment pathway is for you! 

Resources:

Watch the full Industry Insights into Horticulture and Land Management session: Click here

Wyndham City – Pathway Courses
Were your considering one of the pathway courses discussed on Tuesday at the session? Want to learn more?
Head to Wyndham City EOI page for more information – Click Here

Skills and Jobs Centre
For all your career and employment needs the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to help.
If you need Application. Resume or interview preparation support contact us today – Click Here to book
Alternatively contact us on 5225 0700 or email us at skillscentre@gordontafe.edu.au

All Green Nursery
Follow their Facebook page for regular job opportunities!
Visit their Website for more information on their business, their locations and their team!

Parks Victoria
Visit parks Victoria Website to get a more in depth insight on their business and the parks they manage and while you’re there, check out their Career Page

Thank you to Josh Badenoch from Wyndham City for facilitating the session, and for his role in collaborating and coordinating the education and employment pathways for our community.

Thank you again to everyone who joined us!

Industry Insights into Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
What are they, and how can you start one ASAP?

Starting your career as an apprentice or trainee can lead to many career opportunities, and pathway you into in-demand, and well-paid industries. Read on to hear more about the alternative way to find the right apprenticeship or traineeship for you, and the job opportunities available now. 

If you are a hands-on learner, driven, and keen to earn money while you gain a qualification, an apprenticeship or traineeship could be for you. 

Are you thinking, Office Administration? There are traineeships available in this industry, work and study for 12 months and gain a Certificate III in Business Administration. What about Carpentry, work full time with an employer in the building industry, study 1 day per week, or for a full week once a month and gain a Certificate III in Carpentry in 3 to 4 years; the opportunities after completing this apprenticeship are endless. 

One of The Gordon’s current apprentices Elliott Lanyon joined the panel to discuss his experience as an apprentice, how he started and what his career aspirations are now that he is nearing the completion of his course. 

Elliott chose a carpentry apprenticeship as once qualified the opportunities can lead to jobs as a Carpenter, Site Foreman, Project Manager, Builder and even open the doors to own and run your own business. 

There are plenty of ways to find an apprenticeship or traineeship. Elliot explained a mentor at his football club advised him never to underestimate the value of approaching an employer to introduce yourself, and this is what Elliott did; a week later he started work and hasn’t looked back. Using this approach shows you’re passionate about getting started and forward-thinking. 

Alternative ways to find an employer and get your career started are by contacting an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers, Group Training Organisations or researching via Job Search websites. 

Elliott provided some tips on being a first-year apprentice and tackling the training with The Gordon. 

  • Research the training provider, luckily Elliott speaks highly of The Gordon’s training. He enjoys studying one day per week, as it allows him to focus on the training component at trade-school, rather than studying after work at home. 
  • During the initial stages of your apprenticeship, be attentive, “read the play”, don’t sit around and wait to be told what to do, be willing to learn and be proactive! 
  • Be a team player; arrive on time, and work hard. 

We were also lucky to be joined by Cat McCarthy from McCarthy Plumbing, a recent winner of the Trades Business of the Year award. 

Their business consists of several apprentices, all attending trade school with The Gordon. Cat is passionate about the apprenticeship and traineeship pathway options for people, having completed a traineeship herself and coming from a previous role as a traineeship consultant, she sees the value in learning as you work and earn. 

McCarthy is currently offering a School-based apprenticeship opportunity in plumbing for 2021. Cat expressed, as Elliott did, the importance in contacting an employer directly to put yourself out there. If you are considering plumbing as a career pathway while enrolled in High school, give McCarthy Plumbing a call, be confident and grab this fantastic opportunity while it is still available! 

Evan from NextGen Jobs joined us to give an insight into a ‘different’ kind of employer for apprentices and trainees. 

NextGen jobs is a Group Training Organisation (GTO) who are the employer through the duration of your apprenticeship. Evan and his highly skilled team build and maintain relationships with local employers who host their apprentices and trainees through their training. 

NextGen currently employs 600 Apprentices and Trainees across Australia. They are a not for profit organisation assisting those looking to start a career. They can offer you advice on new industries that are in-demand to ensure that you can find employment that suits you. They also work closely with these businesses to place you into employment and see out your training. 

Evan highlighted industries that are in-demand at the moment. Farming and agriculture, cybersecurity, health services, robotics, engineering including fusion welding and laser welding; these careers need to be acknowledged to increase awareness of different types of roles you can be employed in, that aren’t the ‘traditional’ apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities around. If any of the above interest you, reach out and contact NextGen today. 

We heard from Adam Bell, the Coordinator of Parks Management at Wyndham City. They currently employ 65 staff, with three apprentices on board. These apprentices are at all different stages of their apprenticeships, all employed through NextGen. Adam started his career as an apprentice with Wyndham City, completing on the job training, Adam was able to progress in his career to the coordinator role he is in now. Within government organisations, there are so many opportunities to develop and grow in your career; keep an eye out for work at your local council!! 

The Gordon’s very own Lorenzo, a skilled carpentry teacher joined the panel to outline the training requirements for a carpentry apprentice. The best part of training with The Gordon? All trainers are required to have undertaken 15 years of work in the industry. Lorenzo highlighted that the apprentices attend two days of trade school per month; this will vary for different courses and industries. Apprentices complete a combination of theory and practical assessments. Practical components are set out as they would be on a job site; once completed, online assessments are undertaken. Lorenzo explains that every apprentice is different, so to succeed at trade school “stick it out, commit yourself, ask questions.” The structure of the learning environment is very different from a mainstream learning environment, so if you are feeling nervous that it will be as high school was, it’s not! 

Check out the Gordon’s apprenticeship and traineeship courses here

The application and interview process:

Well, today we were joined by those in the industry who explained what it takes to become an apprentice or trainee and what you can expect during the lifecycle of your training.
Want to be considered for the job?
Show interest, research and build your knowledge of the company, know your position description, be enthusiastic about where you want the job to lead you.
How to get your resume and application noticed:

  • Attention to detail, if a cover letter is requested, provide one! The cover letter should be one page and highlight your knowledge of the business, give emphasis to the skills outlined on your resume and show your enthusiasm about the role you are applying for.
  • Personalise your resume; employers understand you are applying for many jobs. Tailoring your resume for the job you’re applying for, will make you stand out! Consider information given in the application by the business and highlight how your skills can be transferred to what they’re asking for. For example, if they want somebody who is reliable, use an example of a time where you showed up on time for a job, sporting event, volunteering etc.
  • Expect a callback. A callback about your resume or application is your first interview, so make sure you’re in an appropriate place to take the call… if not, wait and call them back.
  • VOICEMAIL… make sure yours is appropriate. “Hi you’ve called, ***, please leave a message, and I will return your call as soon as possible.”
  • Be professional, no matter the job, showing that you can be professional is important.
  • Be proactive, follow up your application; this shows interest, initiative and motivation.

Where to go to view jobs on offer:

NextGen Jobs – Current vacancies

Check out McCarthy Plumbing Group here

Wyndham City Employment Pathways can be found here

and…

Current Vacancies here

Guidance and advice on your application:

The Skills and Jobs Centre offer Resume reviews and Interview Skills workshops – check them out here.

Missed the session?

Don’t worry we recorded it… view here!

Thank you for reading, we hope that the information provided will assist you in taking that next step to trying a new career.

Industry Insights into Cleaning and Hygiene

Great money, great hours, great networking and get paid to be active!
Be proud to be a cleaner!

Today the Skills and Jobs Centre and Wyndham City joined forces to host an Insights panel with a focus on the Cleaning and Hygiene industry.

Our intention?
To maximize your knowledge around employment opportunities available in this industry, and highlight the importance of having a positive, can do attitude, strong work ethic and a genuine interest in cleaning to begin your career.

We were lucky enough to host industry experts Latchmi Jordan from ISS Cleaning and Denise Huxtable from Point of Difference Cleaning. Our panellists detailed their personal experience working in this sector, and shared advice on how you can enter this industry in a well-paying entry level position with zero skills needed, just a willingness to learn and a passion for customer satisfaction.

ISS Cleaning ISS is a Danish company which began all the way back in 1901 and has been in Australia since 2002. ISS offers a range of services and has 300 plus clients around Australia with over 17,000 employees working in a variety of areas from Schools, Tertiary Education, Hospitals, Airports, and Mining sites. ISS has a large variety of career opportunities in many fields and prides itself on developing talent from within.

You can check out their job opportunities here:
https://www.au.issworld.com/en-au/career/your-career-at-iss/career  

Point of Difference is a Werribee based business, that originally started in Geelong before Denise purchased the business 20 years ago and has since built a well-known and strong employer brand in the Wyndham region. Point of Difference pride themselves on their values, they currently employ 28 staff with a projection to double this in the next 3 years. Employees at Point of Difference stay with the company on average for 4.5 years and they would be a great workplace to begin your career in cleaning.

Want to be a part of this, express your interest or apply here:
http://www.point-of-difference.com/careers

Latchmi has worked in the industry for almost 30 years.

Little to no cleaning skills? No worries!
Both companies are looking for people with the following attributes:
– Strong work ethic
– Compatible values to the business
– A passion for producing quality results
– Interest in the cleaning industry
– Willingness to learn new skills

What do you need to apply for a cleaning position?
Most domestic cleaning roles will require you to have a Drivers Licence to get from one client to another however, Latchmi advised that to work in commercial cleaning (buildings/offices/public venues) you wouldn’t be required to have a Drivers Licence as they are generally in areas with public transport.
You will be required to undertake a Police Check and have a valid Working with Children’s Check.

Both panellists outlined that training will be given to all new staff, including online training, equipment demonstrations and before you are sent off to work on your own you will be partnered with an experienced cleaner to learn the skills required to provide the quality service they promise customers. Further opportunity to learn new skills and continue to grow in the company are offered throughout each year!

Resources:
Industry Insight session recording: https://youtu.be/rO1zsSyusBs  

Apply for roles now:
ISS Cleaning – https://www.au.issworld.com/en-au/career/your-career-at-iss/career
Point of Difference – http://www.point-of-difference.com/careers  

Skills and Jobs Centre:
Make an appointment today to access FREE 1:1 career counselling, group workshops covering Resume Writing, Interview Skills, and Selection Criteria advice. Contact us to create an account and open the door to an array of quality job readiness resources.
Email: skillscentre@gordontafe.edu.au or phone 5225 0700

Thank you for joining us!

Industry Insight into Early Childhood Education

On Tuesday the 29th of September the Skills and Jobs Centre teamed up with Wyndham City Council to deliver an Industry Insights Panel into the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

We were excited to be joined by Sonija Smit, Service Excellence Lead with Wyndham City, and Sharleen Lancaster, State Manager from Sparrow Early Learning in Wyndham, to talk about the childcare industry, job opportunities, and recruitment and career pathways available. The passion Sonija and Sharleen have for the industry was evident in the virtual Zoom room, and was embraced by all attendees. What an amazing session to be involved in!

If you are currently studying childcare or are considering enrolling in a course at the beginning of 2021, keep reading, as there is valuable information that will help you decide if this industry is for you. If you have already decided that you want a career in childcare, you’ll find out about job opportunities and read some tips from the experts about the recruitment process.

What does it take to begin a career in childcare? If you are a nurturing and passionate person and enjoy building lifelong relationships, having fun and occasionally being a bit silly, this industry could be for you. Sonija explains that every day she leaves work feeling as though she has accomplished something, such as teaching a child something new like a developmental skill. It’s an extremely enriching career and keeps her coming back, even through the more challenging times.

Sharleen explained that some people are born with a natural ability to look after children; however, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a quality you have already. If you are persistent and apply yourself, this will come over time

Both panelists confirmed today that during the pandemic there were no jobs losses at their centres, and with people in the Wyndham area slowly returning to work, they are getting busier and are needing to recruit more staff.

With extra funding recently announced for the 3yo kinder, recruitment will begin in early 2021 for around 6000 more Early Childhood Teachers. It will be a staged approach across the country and state for the next 2-3 years.
This is a growth industry, with many centres looking to hire those with Certificate III, Diploma and Bachelor Early Childhood Education level qualifications. Now seems like the time to seriously consider the childcare industry as a career option.

Recruitment:

Below are the types of roles available across the industry that you might be interested in:

  • Childcare Assistants (Certificate III or Diploma Qualification)
  • Room Leaders (Diploma Qualification required)
  • Team leader or Service Manager – On the floor teaching and office work (Bachelor of Early Childhood Education)  
  • Kindergarten Teachers – 3 and 4yo (Bachelor of Early Childhood Education)
  • Office administrators
  • In-training early years educators (Diploma Qualification, working towards ECT)
  • Cooks/Chefs

And there’s other employment opportunities in the childcare industry, such as nannies, out-of-school-hours coordinators, Family Day Care assistants and more…  

What are they looking for when hiring?

  • Include your past work or volunteering history on your resume. Recruiters want to see that you have had experience working with other people, not necessarily only in the Early Childhood Education industry.
  • Your resume does not need to be long, 1-2 pages is enough.
  • Include a Cover Letter.
  • Give detailed answers in your Selection Criteria.
  • Try to align your selection criteria answers/and cover letter content with examples that reflect the vision and values of the organisation to which you are applying to.
  • Always be yourself in the interview! Its ok not to know everything about the job, ask questions and show you are willing to learn.
  • If English is your second language, that’s great, as centres embrace diversity and love being able to expose children to different cultures and languages. It’s so important now for our children to become global citizens and both Sonija and Sharleen expressed the importance of children hearing and learning different languages.

To view upcoming job opportunities with Wyndham City follow this link: https://recruitment.wyndham.vic.gov.au/careers

Or Sparrow Early learning here:

https://www.sparrowearlylearning.com.au/careers

Career pathway resources:

https://www.vic.gov.au/free-tafe

https://www.vic.gov.au/kinder

https://www.vic.gov.au/make-difference-early-childhood-teaching

Placement opportunities with Wyndham City:

https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/careers/employment-pathways/work-integrated-learning-wil-tertiary-student-placements

Contact:
Skills and Jobs Centre:

If you are currently completing your qualification in Early Childhood Education and need assistance preparing your resume, cover letter, selection criteria or getting ready for that all important interview, get in contact with the Skills and Jobs Centre to organise a free appointment for support from one of our qualified Careers Advisors, phone 5225 0700 or email us at skillscentre@gordontafe.edu.au

Industry Insights into Agriculture and Farming Services

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Today we were delighted to be joined by two local employers from Werribee South to discuss current job opportunities in the Agriculture and Farming industry. Due to some technical difficulties, only half of the session was recorded (which you can access by checking out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thegordonskillsandjobscentre), so we have written down some of the key points from the speakers today.

A big thank you to Elisa Walerys, the HR Manager at Fresh Select in Duncans Road and Lidia Ceccin from Grow Fresh in Farrants Road for joining us and sharing an insight into employment opportunities at their companies. Did you know that if you’ve ever bought broccoli, baby broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, iceberg, cos or hydroponic lettuce from Coles, chances are you were eating fresh produce grown right here in Werribee South?!

Both of these farms are preparing for their peak season to commence in October, so if you’re interested in working in this industry here are some key things to consider.

  • No previous experience is required, you will be taught the job whilst working
  • Having a forklift license or experience driving a tractor would be advantageous but not essential
  • You do need to be reliable, hard-working and motivated
  • You need to enjoy working outdoors as the job needs to be done rain or shine!
  • You need to be physically fit as it is hard physical work to harvest, pick and pack fresh produce
  • You will need to be able to understand and speak basic English for one of these casual roles
  • You will also need access to a car and be able to get to the work site. There is no public transport in Werribee South and you may need to travel to different farm sites for work.

You will most likely be employed on a casual basis to start with, and availability Monday to Saturday for a seven hour shift is required. During peak season you can be working almost full time hours and over December/January there is very little flexibility for extended periods of time off work. Although the work is casual, some employees have been with these companies for several years and the job has changed their lives, enabling them to buy a family home in the Werribee area.

You will be working in a team of 8-12 people with a leader. It is a great team environment that feels like family. There are some full-time opportunities available in team leadership or maintenance roles, but strong English speaking skills are required for these roles.

If you are looking for employment in an essential industry that has not been greatly affected by the current global pandemic, this could be a great opportunity for you. To apply for a job on one of these farms, you will need a very brief resume which lists any previous employment and any licenses or training you may have completed. Due to COVID restrictions, the farms are closed to the public, so you will need to send your resume by email. The Skills and Jobs Centre or Wyndham Community Education Centre can help you with this.

To let Fresh Select or Grow Fresh know that you are interested in working for them, you can email Craig or Jacinta at enquiries@wyndhamcec.org.au to have a look over your resume and make sure you are suitable for the roles. You can also email Elisa direct at docs@freshselect.com.au or the Skills and Jobs Centre can help you to write your resume and you can call us on 5225 0700.

Job Seeker Information Session

Job Seeker blog_picHere at the Skills & Jobs Centre we’re really getting into the swing of using Zoom for our workshops and information panels! Goes to show that you can learn new skills at any age…

Last Friday we hosted speakers from a variety of organisations who talked about job hunting while we’re in COVID-19 lockdown and managing our mental wellbeing at the same time.

Where are the jobs?

Marianne Messer – Geelong Region LLEN

Job seekers in the Geelong region now have a consolidated online jobs board, which takes away a lot of the stress of searching across different online job boards on social media. Marianne explained how her organisation has partnered with Simon French, the Geelong Employment Facilitator, on the Geelong Careers site – a great example of working cooperatively in COVID-19 time. Back in 2019, the Barwon region was doing well; however, we’re now seeing significant drops in hospitality and accommodation jobs. Transport, logistics and health job vacancies have increased, though the application process is more competitive.

  • Search jobs on https://www.geelongcareers.org.au/ – it’s free and local!
  • Make sure you get the word out amongst your networks that you’re looking for work – many jobs out there are word of mouth and don’t get advertised
  • Use social media to look for job groups…

…which leads us neatly into insights from the Skills & Jobs Centre’s Jodie Walsh – our social media queen…

Social media and recruitment agencies

Jodie Walsh – The Gordon Skills & Jobs Centre

Did you know that Geelong Job Watch on Facebook has 25,000 members? Or that Geelong Jobs has 15,000? Jodie knows – she manages our social media accounts and understands the importance of social media for job search these days. There are approximately 9 Facebook pages for employment in Geelong, 1 in the Surfcoast, 2 in Colac and 2 in Werribee/western suburbs. See the Facebook Job Groups list at the end of this blog.

Over 90% of Geelong’s business community is small business, and these types of employers advertise their jobs on social media because it’s free and easier to use than sites like Seek.

  • If you’re concerned about your online presence, make sure you set your accounts to the highest privacy settings. And you don’t have to post – just use your accounts for job search.
  • Search for local community noticeboards online, where there can be posts about job opportunities.
  • Follow businesses (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn etc) that interest you, so that you’re connected to their direct advertising.
  • For help with managing your privacy settings, the Facebook Help Centre is your one stop shop. For some basic instructions, go to https://www.facebook.com/help/325807937506242
  • Or, if you’re a visual learner, try one of the many tutorials on Youtube, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VyoouopcDY Make sure that the video is made within the last 18 months so that it’s relevant to the most recent version of FB.

Recruitment agencies can be another good strategy for job search. Check out as many websites as you can and browse through the jobs listed. Register with them if they have positions that suit your preferred industry. But don’t complete your online registration and just wait for a call…it just doesn’t work that way. Check in on the agency websites regularly – make sure you’ve set up your jobs alerts properly to receive notifications.

There’s a comprehensive list of recruitment agencies in our region at the end of this blog – see Job Seeker Resources. Also read this informative past blog.

Large employers and the Working for Victoria (WFV) scheme

Colin Nicholson and Michaela Lobb – Department of Education & Training (Victoria)

Recruitment agencies are often the first point of contact if you’re looking for a job with large employers. Colin mentioned that large local companies such as Carbon Revolution, Cotton On, Chisholm Road Prison and Energy Australia are all recruiting at the moment. Remember that applying for jobs with large employers may be competitive, as recruiters will often advertise nationally through sites like Seek and Indeed.

Looking at a state level… The WFV scheme was initially set up by the Victorian government to support people who lost jobs directly as result of COVID-19. However, the great news is that anyone with full working rights in Australia is eligible to apply! WFV now has 25,000 job seekers and over 100 employers registered, and is partnered with recruitment agency Sidekicker.

Practical tips for job hunting in lockdown

Jo Black – The Gordon Skills & Jobs Centre

If you’re reading this blog then you’ll know that the Gordon Skills & Jobs Centre is a FREE service for local job seekers, with a team of knowledgeable and friendly advisors – such as Jo Black! One recruitment trend during COVID-19 is a preference for one-page resumes. Jo gave us a few pointers on this:

  • Given the increase in job scams recently, you do not need to include your full address on your resume and/or cover letter. However, mentioning your suburb may be an advantage if employers are looking for people living in the area who can be responsive
  • A profile statement at the top of your resume is a useful way to highlight how well you’re set up to work from home, eg ‘reliable NBN internet, laptop and headset’
  • Include your qualifications and training, and if you have a long work history, focus on the last 10 years
  • If you also need to include a cover letter, make this punchy, using four paragraphs that give a snapshot what you have to offer.

Scroll to the end of this blog for some Sample resumes and cover letter tips from the SJC.

It’s always important to prepare for job interviews, but social distancing rules mean you may need to do an online interview using a platform such as Skype or Zoom. Make sure you:

  • understand the technology and practise using it in advance
  • dress like you would for a face-to-face interview, set up at least 5 mins in advance for your interview, and locate yourself somewhere quiet and tidy with good lighting where you won’t get interrupted
  • have all your application documents close to hand, try to use your mute button when you’re not speaking, and be respectful to the interviewers.

Looking after your mental health and dealing with stress

Tony McManus – Local Ambassador for Beyond Blue and RUOK?

It’s a strange time at the moment, a period of chaos. As Tony emphasised, it’s super important to look after your mental health and reach out for help if you need it. Risk factors such as isolation, chronic illness and traumatic life events do have solutions: social connection, diet and physical activity, and a healthy work environment.

The Geelong Community Foundation plays a key role in supporting the broader Geelong community, with grants to support community organisations.

Here’s some links to mental health resources recommended by Tony:

Connect 2 Grow – Mental Health Solution

Resources for Workshop Attendees

Sydney Morning Herald Article & Fairfax Media video

https://www.beyondblue.org.au

https://www.ruok.org.au

Job Seeker Resources

Check out the great job resources on CareerHub that you can access as a Skills & Jobs Centre client.

If you haven’t yet logged into CareerHub, call us and we can step you through it. We’re still offering all our services – 1:1 career counselling, workshops, employer panels – by phone or Zoom.

Recruitment agencies with a local presence/office

Hays

Programmed Skilled Workforce

Randstad

People@Work

Direct Recruitment Geelong

Hoban Recruitment

Harvest Recruitment

SJ Personnel

Fruition Recruitment

WorkforceXS

Fox Personnel

Calibre Workforce (mainly hospitality)

JK Personnel (mainly Ballarat but sometimes has Geelong jobs)

External recruitment agencies for Geelong region – large volume, specialised and government recruitment

Chandler Macleod

Adecco

Manpower

Hudson

Toll Group Recruitment

DFP Recruitment

Face2Face Recruitment

Public Sector People

Facebook job groups

Jobs Geelong Region

Geelong Employment

Geelong Job Watch

Jobs in Geelong

Geelong Employment Opportunities

Jobs Search Geelong Area 1

Geelong Jobs

Jobs in Geelong Region

Jobs Vacant Geelong, Surf Coast & Surrounds

Surfcoast Jobs Available

Colac District Employment Wanted & Employees Wanted

Colac & District Jobs

Werribee & Surrounds Local Jobs

Jobs in Western Suburbs of Melbourne

Sample resumes and cover letter tips

https://careerhub.thegordon.edu.au/docs/50/WFV-one-page-resume-guidelines.docx

https://careerhub.thegordon.edu.au/docs/58/WFV-one-page-resume-sample_transferable-skills.pdf

https://careerhub.thegordon.edu.au/docs/18/Cover-letter_template.pdf

https://careerhub.thegordon.edu.au/docs/38/Cover-Letter.pdf

Turn down time into upskill time

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Are you feeling like you want to move forward with adapting to this rapidly changing job market but not sure how? It’s a good idea to set aside some time to upskill while you have some down time. Why not search for a free online course to keep up your motivation?

There are courses for just about anything out there! A quick google reveals communicating with animals telepathically (a perfect new low cost hobby), the ATO’s mundane but useful 30 second guide to doing your own online tax returns, instructions for building your own bomb shelter and anything else you have always wanted to know but never had the spare time to research.

Now is also a good time to add value to your resume by learning a new skill.

At The Gordon Skills and Job Centre Geelong many of our clients are doing a 28 day career challenge as a boot camp for job readiness. Check it out on Facebook to get some great tips and suggestions, especially if you feel you don’t know where to start to stay motivated.

You could try Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which are free online courses available for anyone to enrol. It is like a try before you buy introduction to university study, only without the accompanying qualification although this can often be obtained at a cost if you complete assessments. These courses are delivered on platforms such as Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn and come from respected global universities.

Like TAFE, other providers such as the Khan Academy and Alison.com have a more bite-sized approach where you could just learn something practical with certificates available for some free courses.

As we have all been dragged into cyberspace to communicate online, you might as well get to grips with user tutorials for programs like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other popular programs for webinar style learning which will be now be featured much more in gaining ongoing qualifications.

You could also sharpen your computer skills for the workforce. Many companies use Microsoft Office 365 as their PC software. You can find free tutorials in Excel spread sheets, MS Word and other office programs popular for administration tasks. Why not practice with a spreadsheet of what is in your pantry and set up an ongoing grocery shopping list to reorder toilet paper and those other luxuries in life?

No computer? No problem. If you have just a phone or tablet to access the internet then You Tube has a host of videos to prepare you for future employment. Look up “7 Body Language Tips to Impress at Your Next Job interview” or “30 Seconds to Impress”. Even some basic info clips for food handling and hand washing protocols provide practical upskilling.

If your devices data is down to almost nil, then don’t despair. Audio podcasts are a useful tool for hearing vital information on the go (or not). Check out Google Play or iPhone’s App Store for recommended free podcast apps to download then search for helpful audio clips.

Lastly, self-help e-books can be borrowed at no cost from your local library website then downloaded onto your tablet for a welcome distraction. Go to the website, use your membership card number and sign up for access through BorrowBox, Overdrive, Cloudlibrary or other apps. Phone to ask a librarian if you need help signing up. Don’t know which title to choose? You could always request the old classic The Power of Positive Thinking first written by Norman Vincent Peale in 1952.

Whatever you choose, now has never been a better time to slow down and focus on learning something new. Happy e-learning!

Copyright C.Caldwell, The Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre 1/4/20