Passport 2 Employment (P2E) recognised nationally

The National Disability Coordinator Officers Program works strategically to assist people with disabilities aged 14-64 to access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment. SkillsPlus is proud to host 3 NDCO’s in Victoria.   The NDCO for Western Victoria, Pam Anderson, proudly presented a program she has developed, in partnership with the Glenelg Transition Action Network and Glenelg LLEN, called Passport 2 Employment (P2E) at the Pathways 13 Conference in Canberra last year. She was chosen to present the program after submitting an abstract earlier in the year. Her trip was sponsored by SkillsPlus.   The Pathways 13 Conference brings together disability practitioners, NDCOs and a range of other professionals from across Australia, and students with disabilit ...

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Jewellery business creates awareness of Aboriginal Mirning culture and celebrates ‘Jidirah’

Tina Morrison began the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program at SkillsPlus and BRACE in June 2016. She completed her small business management course with Paolo. She enjoyed the course, and describes Paolo as a “very knowledgeable trainer.” She explains “it was a great accomplishment for me”.   In August 2016 Tina opened her business, Ocean Jewels Dreaming, a jewellery and accessories line that incorporates the Aboriginal Dreamtime Whale Totem. She always had a passion for the arts, and was inspired to create her own jewellery line to create awareness of Aboriginal Mirning culture and celebrate ‘Jidirah’, the Great White Whale Sprit in the Mirning Aboriginal Tribe. Tina hand crafts all of the pieces in her line, and attaches a story to each one to educate people about the Gr ...

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Students’ give confidence to Dandenong’s homeless

Our students’ studying VCAL in Dandenong have rallied together to raise funds and collect donations to make hygiene packs for people who are sleeping rough or homeless.   Cornerstone is a drop-in and contact-centre in Dandenong that provides meals and crisis assistance in the municipalities of Casey and Greater Dandenong. Students from VCAL in Dandenong volunteer every Wednesday.   Recognising that people who are disadvantaged or homeless are often unable to afford basic things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap or deodorant was a confronting experience for the students. As a result they were empowered to start the “Power to the People” project.   What started as a small project quickly grew with the students’ enthusiasm and commitment to assist the Cornerstone commun ...

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SkillsPlus provides Sheen Panel Service with young people ready to work

SkillsPlus has teamed up with Sheen Panel Services, a well-known panel beating service with over 25 low-cost workshops across Melbourne and Victoria. This year, Sheen came to SkillsPlus asking us to provide them with young work-ready candidates for their growing Melbourne teams.   We completed an internal recruitment campaign, pre-screened the candidates and organised sessions where the candidates met with representatives from Sheen. The representatives spoke to the candidates about the industry and what would be expected of them if they got the job. Our jobactive and Transition to Work teams referred candidates and Sheen has employed 9 people referred by us.   Reece was one of Angela Pecora’s first Transition to Work job seekers. He started accessing our Transition to Work servi ...

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Big Plus for Frankston business

Rodney owns Tuscan Trellis Specialist Painting in Frankston and works on a range of projects from heritage-listed buildings to objets d’art, from interior designer stores to modern colour themes and decorative painted effects.   Rodney recently needed to hire a new employee, but hiring new staff can have a tremendous impact on a small business because it takes time and money to find the right candidate.  As Rodney was thinking about how to go about finding the right candidate, he coincidentally came across SkillsPlus.   “I was on my way somewhere and was grabbing a coffee.  I was parked outside of SkillsPlus in Frankston and I thought I might as well go in to find out what SkillsPlus is all about.  SkillsPlus was very easy to deal with and I got to speak with someone straig ...

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