Massive Changes to VET FEE Help funding

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Have you heard the federal governments announcements about the VET FEE Help Scheme and wonder what they might mean to you and to Vocational Education in general.  Never fear our National Training Manager has written an article which goes through what we currently know and what effects it might have.  You can read his article here.

Don’t pay too much for a Community Services Qualification!

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Did you know that there are a range of community services qualifications that are subsidised by the Queensland Government both for people who are already working in the sector and for those who are looking for opportunities in the sector.  Qualifications like the Diploma of Community Services work can cost $14,000 or more through VET-FEE Help at some providers and TAFEs, however eligible students may be able to access this course for less than $100 through Spectrum Training thanks to the Queensland Governments subsidies.

There is also an added bonus gained from studying with Spectrum.  Spectrum Training is part of The Spectrum Organisation Association, a not for profit community services provider, specialising in Disability, Mental Health and a range of other community services programs.  So when you study with Spectrum you will be studying with an organisation that is actually a service provider, who intimately understands the problems and issues of the sector and how to solve them and which has been operating in the sector for 25 years.  You will learn in a truly inclusive environment, with all the support and flexibility you need to achieve your goals.

Don’t study with just another RTO or TAFE study.  Study with Spectrum and get a Community Services Qualification that will put you on the right path from the start.

So enrol with us today and get started on a great career.

QLD Government reintroduces Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

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Queensland Labor goverment is reintroducing their successful Skilling Queenslanders for work program.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides training to people who are under-utilised or under-employed, as well as building the skills of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-aged job seekers and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Targeted programs focused on skills development will be delivered by community-based organisations. Local community ownership of projects is a cornerstone of the initiative’s past success and will help to ensure future projects meet local skills needs and deliver positive skills development and employment outcomes for participants.

The first round of funding for the program will open in May, so if you are a community based organisation or a not for profit and think that you have a project that might suit this program, come and talk to us today and we can help you to maximise your opportunities under the program.

Visit from the Local Member for Pine Rivers – Nikki Boyd.

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Spectrum had a visitor this morning to our facilities at Lawton, the recently elected member for Pine Rivers Miss Nikki Boyd.  It was wonderful to have Nikki come down to come and have a look around out little corner of the world and to see all of the wonderful services and opportunities that we have to offer, not just in terms of our training but also our disability and mental health support services and our gym.

Thanks again for coming down Nikki it was fantastic to meet you.



Are you a manager in a Community Services Organisation

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Managing a community sector organisation can be hard and requires a wide range of skills and knowledge.  Spectrum now has a range of Diploma level and above programs to assist those people who are both currently community sector managers and those looking to move into management roles.  These courses recognise the skills that you currently have and provide you with the knowledge you require to successfully manage these complex organisations.  There is also a range of Government subsidies available for eligible participants.  So if you want to get a qualification that recognises your skills and provides a solid base from which you can potentially grow your career contact us now.

Don’t Study now and Pay Later – That Ipad might cost you more than you think

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Do you know that doing a Diploma program on VET FEE-HELP could leave you with a debt of  as much as


There may be better alternatives, which can provide you with real employment opportunities in one of Australia’s fastest growing sectors, Community Services.

The Queensland Government has subsidies available for a range of Certificate III, IV and higher programs.

Talk to us today to see whether you are eligible and start your journey towards a fulfilling career in the community sector.


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QLD Government Industry Partnership Strategy Applications open

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If you are a business who needs you staff training the QLD Governments Industry Partnerships strategy funding is now open for applications.


The strategy supports eligible participants to access a subsidised training place under the Department of Education, Training and Employment’s (DETE) Certificate 3 Guarantee or Higher Level Skills program, or to address a priority skill need identified by industry and government.

Funding is available for support strategies that address areas of skills market failure and facilitate the completion of qualifications under these programs. Funded organisations will coordinate, manage and implement the project in partnership with an approved training provider, known as a pre-qualified supplier (PQS).

Spectrum Training is a PQS for a range of funded qualifications. We can also help you with your application for funding, so come and have a chat with us about how to get your staff the training that they need.


First Aid Training

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Need First Aid Training

First Aid is an entry requirement for many courses and careers, as well as a vital skill for everyone to learn

Spectrum Training runs regular First Aid courses for both individuals and groups for only $120 per person + booking fees

Talk to us now about how you can undertake this Nationally Accredited Training

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid 
This course is delivered in partnership with VaxWorks Health in conjunction with Allen’s Training Pty Ltd (RTO 90909).

This fun and interactive course allows you to study the theory in your own time while providing you with the opportunity to practice the techniques of first aid under the supervision and guidance of a qualified instructor.

This unit of competency provides the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.

It is necessary for you to complete a theory workbook before attending the course, this workbook will be made available to you online once you have enrolled in the course.  For students without a computer or internet access, talk to us about alternative methods of completing the theory component of the training.

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded a statement of attainment for the relevant units.



Community Sector Team Leadership Skill Set Training

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September 4, 2014 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Lawnton, Australia

Community Sector Team Leadership Skill Set



Develop or improve your Team Leadership and Supervision Skills

Develop and maintain high quality client service delivery  

Improve your ability to communicate with staff and clients

The Community Sector Team Leadership Skill set is designed for staff in or look to move into Team Leadership, Management, or Supervision roles and who wish to improve and develop their skills.

The skill set provides participants with the ability to be assessed in the following units of competency;


  • CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationship
  • CHCORG406A Supervise work
  • CHCORG423A Maintain quality service delivery
Which will provide participants with the following range of skills:
§  Communicating with clients and staff
§  Effective communications strategies
§  Effective meetings and discussions
§  Dealing with difficult conversations
§  Staff induction and orientation
§  Developing your team
§  Performance and Professional Development
§  Leadership
§  Delivering high quality services to clients
§  Frameworks for quality service delivery
§  Monitor and review service delivery

The course isconducted over 3 non-consecutive days (The dates for this class are 4 September 2014, 2 October 2014 and 6 November 2014) with each concentrating on one of the three units of competency, utilising a range of adult learning methodologies to ensure that all participants are provided with optimal learning experiences.

On successful completion of the course and the assessments participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for completed units.

The per person investment for the program (including assessment) is $295 + booking fees.


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