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What's Happening at Hawker College?
Friday 12 June 2020

In This Issue:


  • Road Ready - Monday 29th June – Wednesday 1st July
  • First Aid - 25th July
In this issue of the Hawker College Careers Newsletter we have included information on transferrable skills and current labour market trends. 

Our students will need to be able to identify and implement their transferable skills as occupations and industries continue to evolve over the years to come. 
We are seeing the impact that Covid-19 has had, resulting in sudden job losses, decreased working hours and employees together with employers having to implement flexible working arrangements. 
As we all begin to return to some normality there are several new employment trends emerging with as we start to transition to business as usual. 

SEEK have some great resources that we have hijacked for this newsletter.  Reading and interpreting labour market information is a key component of the career decision making process.  It is essential that our young people continue to keep up to date and know how to access accurate labour market information to assist with their post school decision making. 
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind students that we will be running a Road Ready course for those students that may not have completed this program before. 
This will take place on Monday 29th June – Wednesday 1st July (students must attend all 3 x days) This course is compulsory for all ACT students to completed to be eligible to sit the online test to obtain a learner’s permit. 
Notes for the road ready program can be access via the 2020 Careers Google Classroom Page in the classwork section under R units. 
Students will receive 0.4 points on completion of this program towards their ACT Senior Secondary
Our First Aid scheduled for 25th July is now FULL.  If students would still like to complete this qualification but have missed out, they can email .  If we have at least 12 participants interested, we will run another course in Semester 2 at Hawker College. 
Hawker College Careers Team
              Chontel Green                      Robyn Donohoe                                Sarah Dawson
  Transition & Careers Officer        WEX / ASBA Coordinator             Careers Team Administration
We are hoping that work experience will be up and running again in semester 2.  We do not yet have the green light from the ACT Education Directorate for placements to recommence at this stage.  In the mean time students can start doing some research by looking at the opportunities available on InPlace which can be accessed via student digital backpack

Download more information here
You can find the Workplace Learning and InPlace Student Guide
Several Year 12 students that have indicated that they are looking to exit mid-year to pursue full time apprenticeships / traineeships, full time employment or CIT.  
If you fall into any of these categories, please ensure that you book an appointment with Chontel or Robyn to discuss. 
We can provide support for resumes and cover letters for post school employment opportunities and can assist you to link in with potential employers. 

Students looking to apply for study at CIT in Semester 2 can make an  appointment with Chontel

Students seeking full time apprenticeship / traineeship or employment opportunities can make an appointment with Robyn

Useful Links
Hawker College have purchased a subscription to the Careers Department. Make sure you set up your free account! See instructions attached.


Check out the virtual work experience opportunities, podcasts, industry information, careers connected to your favourite subject and more.........

Check out the Live Sessions Tab.  Here you will find
  • Careers for students who like Maths
  • Careers for students who like Science
  • Careers for students who like English
  • Careers for students who like Music
  • Careers for students who like Drama
  • Careers for students who like Geography
  • Careers for students who like History
  • Careers for students who like Health
  • Careers in Building and Construction
  • Psychology Deep Dive
  • Apprenticeships and Trades: How do they work and which to choose

Employers see a lot of value in transferable skills. And the good news is, you’ve likely got quite a few of these skills – so it’s worth making the most of them when you apply for a role.
So, what are transferable skills, exactly?

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and abilities that go beyond a particular job or organisation – you can use them in almost any role. Great people skills, for example, will be valuable to your work whether you’re a customer service representative or a carpenter, a senior executive or an intern.

Transferable skills can help you stand out to employers in your job search or even make a career change – so knowing just what yours are can help you take that next step.
We’ve developed this checklist to help you identify your transferable skills and paint a clearer picture of all the abilities you can offer.

Download it here 

For many Australians, COVID-19 has turned working life upside down. Sudden job losses, decreased working hours and rapid adjustments to working from home have created changes no one could have predicted.

As Australia continues to flatten the coronavirus curve, new employment trends are emerging. New data from SEEK shows some industries are seeing increased working hours and employee confidence is starting to lift. What do these trends mean for you?  

Further Information

It can feel pretty tough to look for work or think about your career options in this economic environment. But taking a look at where job ads are on the up could help you shape your search.
COVID-19’s impact on the Australian employment market has been swift and far-reaching. But as Australia begins its long road to recovery, there are promising signs that the job market is making progress, with new job ads posted on SEEK during the fortnight ending 31 May up 49.2% compared to the April 2020 average. 

While it's important to note that these numbers are a long way from where they sat before COVID-19 (job ad volume is half of what it was this time last year), it does suggest that we may have turned a corner, as long as a return to tighter restrictions isn’t necessary. 

The fastest changes in job ad growth are:
All states and territories have seen an increase in job ads, and Queesland leads the charge with the largest growth in the past fortnight, up 62.5%.

Further Information


If 2020 feels like the toughest year on record, you might be ready for some better news. While COVID-19 has hurt the job market for the past few months, as restrictions begin to ease, job ads on SEEK are slowly starting to return – even for industries hit hardest by the lockdown.

Job ads across the Hospitality & Tourism industry, for example, were up by 185% in the two weeks to the 24th of May compared to the April average. Administration & Office Support recorded a 121% lift over the same period and Education & Training was up by 105%.

Further Information


Australian Government Department of Finance Career Starter Program
The Career Starter Program provides participants with the opportunity to become effective public servants, with formal training and development of skills and knowledge in a full-time APS Level 1 position. The program also provides continual support through various networking activities as a combined cohort.
At the successful completion of the program, Career Starters will obtain a Certificate IV in Government and have the opportunity to advance to the APS Level 2. Career Starters are engaged on a permanent ongoing basis by participating departments/agencies, with their salary to be paid in line with their department/agency’s Enterprise Agreement.

Career starter brochure


Want to know more about becoming a firefighter and how you can get started?
Check out our 2020 Infopack for everything you need to know. 


More than fighting fires. Being a firefighter is no ordinary 9-5 job.
The work is varied, challenging, and rewarding. Firefighters not only keep the community safe (absolute legends), they keep the environment safe too!


Not only will you be responding to emergencies, but a firefighter’s role also actually entails a range of functions including:
  • Fire prevention and investigation
  • Community education and activities related to safety and prevention
  • Ensuring compliance with fire safety regulations during building approvals
  • Carrying out building inspections to prepare risk assessments and pre-incident plans
  • Attendance at fetes and other community events
  • The provision of emergency safety information to specific neighborhoods or areas
  • Candidates who accept an offer of employment are required to attend recruit training at the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Hume Training Centre which by the end of it you'll gain a qualification! To partake in the training program you need to be 21 - not quite there yet? It's the perfect time to start preparing. 
  • The program includes 20 weeks of intensive training as a Fourth Class Firefighter, covering (but not limited to) the following:
  • Use of fire appliances and pumps, rescue equipment, radio networks, computer response systems
  • Management of hazardous materials
  • Administering of first aid
  • Wildfire behaviour and suppression management
  • Fire science and behaviour awareness
  • Basics of building construction
  • Varying methods of water and electricity supply and
  • Workplace health and safety
  • You are resilient and work effectively in challenging situations
  • You appreciate the need to critically evaluate risk and adhere to safe work practices 
  • You have good communication skills
  • You have a commitment to service and helping others
  • You understand and are willing to undertake all of the firefighting duties
  • You have the ability to work flexibly 
  • You have a bit of life experience 


An initiative of ACT Public Schools The ACT Education Directorate is working with selected ACT Group Training Organisations (GTOs) to create opportunities for students from ACT Public Schools to transition to the workforce and earn while they learn.
ASbAs can be done in occupational areas such as: Business, Government, Early Chilhood Education and Care, Events Management, Information Digital Media and Technology, Horticulture, and Sport and Recreation – just to name a few.
ACT Public Schools, and ACT and Australian Government agencies located in Canberra are eligible to host ASbAs through the ASbAs in Government Initiative

For more information about the initiative and partner GTOs, please contact the ACT Education Directorate’s ASbA Coordinator,
Mel Moir on (02) 6205 4269, or

Great news, travel restrictions are starting to lift!
As travel restrictions start to lift across the country, it won't be long until we can start exploring our beloved country again.
Here at the Flight Centre Travel Academy, we have nothing but confidence in the long-term viability of the travel and tourism industry and are committed to delivering skilled travel experts to deal with the demand when it returns.
One of the ways our Diploma will set you up for success is through our work experience program. Work experience is an integral part of your learning journey and also a great benefit for your future career pathway. Challenge yourself with real-world scenarios; develop a local marketing strategy or deliver a ‘Covid-19 Rebound’ plan to rebuild the business.

Start in January, February or March 2021 and prepare for a career in a changing world.

Learn more about Flight Centre Travel Academy here


click here for Industry Updates YouTube clip

Australian Training Company (ATC) is happy to announce that we have recently partnered with the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) ATC Chapter, and, Skills Canberra to deliver a program which promotes the Non-Traditional Trades and professional roles in trades to women. 
The program is aimed at increasing the uptake of females wanting to commence a career within the Building and Construction industry via Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA) for female students in Years 10 and 11.

This is a fully supported and mentored 12-18 month program that allows the participants to earn and learn whilst experiencing a minimum of 4 different trades. (ie Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Civil Construction, Project Management, Drafting, Business in Construction)

Participants will:
  • Receive full PPE
  • Complete Asbestos Awareness Training
  • Construction Induction (White Card) Training
  • Potential employment pathway opportunities within the sector on completion of ASBA
  • Mentoring by women currently working in trade
  • Will receive Certificate II Qualification on completion
  • Attend workshops related to work and life skills
Please find attached a Flyer outlining the program and an Expression of Interest Form HERE

If you require any further information please call or email Karyn Hunter on 0438984212 or


The High Flyer Program is designed to give selected students a real head start in their career and offers them a chance to learn from award-winning, industry-leading lecturers.

Winners of the program with outstanding performance will be awarded $3,000 towards their tuition fee & a trip to New Zealand for a week of work experience in a leading hospitality venue (all expenses paid for!), and become part of Kenvale College’s successful Alumni members.
Kenvale College is proud to be Australia’s first private hospitality college and has been committed to meeting the needs of the Hospitality, Events and Commercial Cookery industry since 1971. How do we achieve that? We partner with leading industries and businesses that provide our students with the opportunities to gain practical knowledge and experience in their areas of study and we are recognised for the 100% graduate employment success rate among the graduates.

Visit our Website

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Entries Close: Wednesday, 24th June

To download more information click here


Are you ready to elevate your career with Schindler?

When you join Schindler, you become part of a global family that is one of the world’s leading providers of elevators, escalators, and moving walks.

With 6 locations across Australia and a team of over 1,200 people, there is so much to experience as an Apprentice at Schindler. Through a world-class program, over four years you will take on regular structured in-house training, gain a formal electrical trade qualification and learn from a network of the industry’s leading experts… Schindler will elevate your career!

Join our online information evening on Wednesday the 1st of July 2020 which will cover:
  • What does an apprenticeship at Schindler offer?
  • Meet the apprentices
  • What makes a good apprentice?
  • Life after your apprenticeship
  • The application process
  • Q&A discussion panel
Apprenticeship roles will be opening on Monday the 6th of July 2020, so this is a perfect opportunity to learn everything you need to know about the Schindler Apprenticeship program.

Register your position now here 

Click here for  Schinder Apprenticeship Program YouTube clip

SPARK Ginninderry and the Canberra Institute of Technology proudly support training and employment initiatives for local people.

SPARK in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology (RTO Code: 0101) and the Ginninderry Conservation Trust are delivering an innovative training program focused on giving individuals accredited training within the Horticulture and Conservation Land Management sector. This program will introduce participants to career options and the range of associated vocational pathways.

The information session will provide individuals with advice on eligibility criteria, program content and the commitment required to be selected as a participant on this program.

Specifically targeting people 17 years of age and over, this program will provide participants with:

     · Eight accredited units of competency from the Conservation Land Management/Horticulture qualification; these include:

1. Operate specialised machinery and equipment (AHCMOM305) 
2. Identify Plant Specimens (AHCPCM303)
3. Control Weeds (AHCPMG301)
4. Erect Timber Structures & Features (AHCLSC304)
5. Collect Native Seeds (AHCNAR305)
6. Maintain natural areas (AHCNAR301)
7. Implement revegetation works (AHCNAR303)
8. Undertake sampling and testing of water (AHCLPW306)

    · General Construction Induction Card (White Card)
    · Asbestos Awareness

Card Commencing 27th July 2020, this 17 week program will run four days per week (Mon–Thurs, 24 hours per week) and be a combination of practical hands on learning, theory and potential industry work experience placements.

Please note the program will be delivered in 2 locations - CIT Bruce (Tues - Thurs) and Ginninderry (Mon)

For full flyer and more information click here 


Join us online to have all your questions about studying at ACU answered.
Get helpful advice on how to apply, find out more about non-traditional pathways to uni, explore study options and hear from students about what life is really like at ACU.

Upcoming events
  • As an ACU Student - Tuesday 16 June at 5pm
  • Postgraduate studies at ACU - Monday 29 June
  • Placements and Internships - Wednesday 15 July at 5pm 
More sessions will be added in the coming months.


Weekly webinars.
Nobody understands university life better than our students.
That’s why we’re hosting weekly webinars where you can ask current students everything you want to know. Learn all about courses, applications, pathway programs, online lectures and more. 

Register here

2021 Course Guide   
Need help?
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your future studies, please email us at or call 1300 363 864 between 8.45am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.


  • One on one Appointments for Hawker College Students
  • New courses added to SRS and Early Offer Round (COVID-19)
  • Upcoming webinars for school students
  • Arts and Design Portfolio Entry
  • Book in digital engagement
UC will be running on one on one appointments for Hawker College students on Monday 15th June.  These appointments are for both Year 11 and 12 students regardless of package currently being studied. 
Please book here
Our Future Students Virtual Events webpage is live and offers a suite of resources and events designed specifically for school students. 

CLICK HERE To download Important Dates and more information

Monash Information Evening
> 16 June

Monash Information Evenings are the perfect opportunity to have your questions answered on everything you wanted to know about undergraduate study at Monash.

These events will now be run as webinars until the end of June. Register to attend a date that's convenient for you to hear about:
  • Monash courses
  • How to apply and access schemes
  • Student life
  • Accommodation options
Register HERE

For full Brochure and More Information  CLICK HERE

Throughout May, The University of Melbourne held a series of webinars with information about our undergraduate coursed on offer. 

If students missed out on these, the recordings are now available for students to view and can be accessed through the Meet Melbourne 2020 event page

Click here for FULL BROCHURE

Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program applications now open
Online Information Session 

After a successful 2019 program where more than 700 students received conditional offers to start studying with us in 2020, it’s time for this year’s Year 12s to have their turn to get the advantage!
Find out more  

Virtual Open Day – September 

We’re still making plans for our 2020 Open Days – including a virtual event. Open Days are a great way to find out what’s possible with Charles Sturt.
On the day, students and their families can speak with experts from a range of career areas, support services and discover the fun side of uni through our clubs, societies and sporting teams.
We’ll keep you updated in upcoming newsletters. 
Register your Interest 

New Resources Available
We’ve updated our dedicated Careers Adviser page with helpful resources. You can now access:
  • undergraduate course guide
  • campus accommodation info sheets
  • admission pathways information
  • short videos about university life.

Every year Charles Sturt University engineering invites high school students to EngFest, giving them a taste of life as a creative and innovative engineer.
We’re taking this year’s event online and giving your students the chance to virtually see our uni student engineers at work solving real-world problems.
Plus there’s PitchFest! Your students can present a project they're working in class to our engineers and academics. Or they can start a new project that suits your curriculum.
There’s even the chance to win prizes – like a $250 gift voucher or a 3D printer for your school. 

Book Your Spot Here

Free taster course in human services

Do any of your students want a career where they can help people, but are not sure which degree to do?
We’ve developed a free online taster course that will help them find the right path, so they can make a difference.
Students can do the whole 20-hour course or navigate to the information most relevant to them.

Find Out More here

Leader in rural nursing education

Charles Sturt has contributed in a major way to ensuring the healthcare system can respond to COVID-19 by producing qualified graduates who are making a difference on the frontline.
Despite the global pandemic, 2020 is a celebration for us – it’s 40 years since we started providing nursing education in rural and regional Australia. It also happens to be International Year of the Nurse and Midwife!
We’ve all heard there’s a shortage of nurses in Australia – and around the world. Already, at Charles Sturt an average of almost 300 people graduate from our undergraduate nursing course each year.
Hear from some of our passionate regional graduates who hit the ground running as job-ready professionals. 

During this unprecedented time, the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) is making it easier for students to engage with us remotely.
We would like to share our downloadable webinars about CBE programs. The College is also offering virtual one-on-one appointments with secondary students to provide them information, clarity and reassurance regarding their decision to study with us.


Pre-recorded and ready to download, these webinars will keep you up to date on all of CBE’s program offerings.
  • CBE program information – Basic (17 minutes)
          Unfamiliar with CBE? This presentation will cover the basic information you need to know.
  • CBE program information – Detailed (60 minutes)
          Our detailed College presentation provides in-depth information on our undergraduate                  
          programs and career prospects.
  • CBE FAQs (40 minutes)
            Learn about the University terminology, find out how our programs stand out and more
            with our frequently asked questions presentation.

  » Download the webinars

One-on-one appointments

Do your students need to speak with someone about university options?

The College invites high school students to a virtual one-on-one appointment to answer their questions about studying at university. 

During an appointment, a CBE Student Advisor can:

  • discuss undergraduate study options, including Flexible Double Degrees
  • walk students through the application process and important dates
  • discuss relevant scholarships
  • provide details about the opportunities available during their studies
  • answer questions about university life.
Appointments are bookable via Calendly.

Need to get in touch?

Please contact us directly at

Hawker on Twitter
Hawker College Facebook Page
Hawker College Website
Address: Murranji St, Hawker ACT 2614
Phone:(02) 6142 0355

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