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Novaskill apprentice wins 2020 Apprentice of the Year Award

Novaskill apprentice wins 2020 Apprentice of the Year Award

Matthew Tassell, employed by Novaskill and hosted by J.A. Martin Electrical, saw off tough competition from other talented apprentices across a broad range of industries to take the outright award as the apprentice of the year. Reflecting on his win, Matthew said “I’m really happy as this makes all the hard work at TAFE and on the job worth it. I’m also really thankful to have received such great training through J.A. Martin with the ongoing support of Novaskill.” Matthew progressed through his apprenticeship with high praise and consistently received feedback from his supervisors, TAFE teachers and peers as someone...

4 Reasons your business should implement a Mental Health First Aid Program

4 Reasons your business should implement a Mental Health First Aid Program

Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness. As we all strive toward a COVID-19 recovery, there has been an increased spotlight in the media on the importance of mental health and wellbeing and the impact that the pandemic is having on our overall physical and emotional health. For some, the restrictions imposed by the Government and qualified Health Officials have given a sense of strength, gratitude and resilience, allowing individuals and businesses alike to develop new ways of working, staying in meaningful employment and strengthening relationships by staying connected. For a minority however, the pandemic has...

Coronavirus update

Coronavirus update

Covid-19 update 3/8/2020   As the health and wellbeing of our community continues to be a growing concern across our business’ footprint, from today Novaskill have implemented even more precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors. We are following the advice of the Australian Government, State Government, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and their recommendations for minimising the spread of this virus. In addition to changes already made by our teams, we want to advise the community of the following:    Social distancing: Physical distancing will be increased to 2 metres inside all areas...

How bringing together people from diverse backgrounds can have a huge impact on your bottom line!

How bringing together people from diverse backgrounds can have a huge impact on your bottom line!

Ensuring your staff are from all walks of life can have many benefits. In this era of technology and globalisation, many companies are making a bigger effort, but what are the real benefits? While correlation does not equal causation, research from McKinsey shows that companies with a more diverse workforce are better able to “attract top talent, improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision making, and all that leads to a virtuous cycle of increasing returns.” Higher profit margins generated by increased productivity, creativity, and employee engagement is just the start! A long-term boost to your brand’s reputation is...

In this together: 5 Tips for Managing your Mental Health during COVID-19

In this together: 5 Tips for Managing your Mental Health during COVID-19

Times are tough for everyone as we adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s restrictions and impact on our daily living. As the Government start to ease these restrictions, it’s important not to become complacent or oblivious as each friend, employee, colleague and loved one responds to these circumstances in a different way. At Novaskill, we have a strong focus and commitment towards the mental health of our staff, students and clients and our team hold this topic close to our hearts. For people living with (and without) mental health, times like this can be particularly challenging, which is why we...

Retaining Your Apprentice/Trainee Through COVID-19

Retaining Your Apprentice/Trainee Through COVID-19

There’s no doubt small businesses tend to have far less cash reserves than bigger businesses, so COVID-19 can be devastating not only for the small business owner, but also for the livelihoods of their apprentices and trainees, and the families they support. Traineeships can be up to two years in length, whilst Apprenticeships are usually three to four. Australia has had a shortage of skilled trades for decades and this new economic downturn could severely constrain the pipeline of trainees and apprentices moving through the system. Any decline in people starting and completing traineeships and apprenticeships will be felt for...

The top 4 advantages of staying ahead of the curve and studying online

The top 4 advantages of staying ahead of the curve and studying online

With so many parts of the country self-isolating or working from home during COVID-19, it’s never been a better time to take the plunge, invest in yourself and study online. Nevertheless, online education still brings it’s stereotypes. People have often thought that online students are not “smart enough” for a traditional course of learning or study, they are lazy, and they don’t get “real” qualifications. These stereotypes can discourage many people from taking online courses, so they get stuck in the traditional educational system that consumes a large portion of their money, nerves, and years of their lives. As a...

COVID-19: Prepared, but not panicked! The positive updates they aren’t promoting.

COVID-19: Prepared, but not panicked! The positive updates they aren’t promoting.

With the recent media coverage of Coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as the social media response, it comes as no surprise that the myths and misinformation are spreading and gaining traction daily. What started as a health outbreak has now become a pandemic of fear and a mass mentality of worst-case scenario. Whilst coronavirus is a serious health issue and should not be taken lightly, let’s look at some of the reasons you shouldn’t panic and how you can reassure those around you during this heightened state of emotion. We KNOW what the virus is The virus was identified within seven...

Client services during the covid-19 pandemic

Client services during the covid-19 pandemic

Dear valued Client, On behalf of our Board of Directors and our Management team, we want to take a moment to remind everyone that at Novaskill, our continued mission is to support our community and enrich people’s lives. We seek to always provide a safe environment for our clients, students and team members and in times such as these, we believe it is our role and responsibility to do our best to ensure we can provide access to the services people need, whilst doing everything we can to keep our clients and our team safe and healthy. I wanted to...