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Sunraysia Daily Monday, May 3, 2010
SUNRAYSIA Institute of TAFE is inviting
local women from non-English speaking
backgrounds to participate in a micro
business internship program, to develop
the skills, knowledge and experience to
establish and manage their own small or
micro-business. (A micro business is one
operated by three or less people). Funded
by Skills Victoria, this course will be free for
"There are all kinds of markets in the area
every weekend," says Sunraysia Institute
of TAFE Educational Business Manager
Marion Wilson. "They are a great opportunity
for women to build a micro business with
sewing, produce, jams and things like that."
She says women are also encouraged to bring
their own ideas for a business with them.
"I think it's a fantastic program," says Annette
Whittaker, Educational Business Manager
for Language, Literacy and Work Skills. As
well as providing women with the skills they
need to create their own business, she is
also looking forward to creating a network of
business mentors with the same or similar
cultural backgrounds to help and encourage
"This program is ideal for women who are
thinking about business and who are faced
with ongoing barriers to finding meaningful
and suitable employment," says Gabrielle
Cavallo, Public Relations Officer at Sunraysia
Institute of TAFE.
"Given the challenges that many culturally
and linguistically diverse women face in
entering the workforce, establishing their
own business can be an alternative pathway
to achieving financial security and balancing
their family commitments," she adds.
The program is an extension to the language
and literacy programs already offered at
Sunraysia Institute of TAFE. It will provide
the opportunity to undertake a Certificate III
in Micro Business Operations to increase the
likelihood of business success.
SuniTAFE Business Solutions is currently
taking enrolments for the program which will
commence in mid May. If you or someone
you know would like more information, or to
enrol in this program, contact Minette Cowen
on 5022 3999.
Learn to start
Earn while you Learn
A non-English speaking background is no barrier to business.
APPRENTICESHIPS and traineeships
are great ways for people of any age to
begin a career path in an industry that
You can earn and learn on the job as well
as get off-the-job training at a TAFE or
other registered training organisation.
Apprenticeships and traineeships can be
done in just about any industry or trade,
whether it be plumbing, hairdressing,
engineering or nursing and thanks
to changes in the Victorian training
system it has never been easier to get a
So what's the difference between an
apprenticeship and a traineeship?
The main difference between them is in
the level of commitment that both the
apprentice or trainee and the employer
make. Under an apprenticeship, an
employer agrees to employ you for
the term of the apprenticeship and to
support you in your training for that
period of time.
You agree to follow instruction and
attend off-the-job and/or workplace-
Under a traineeship an employer also
agrees to employ you for the term of the
traineeship and to support you in your
training for that period of time.
If an employer sells the business during
an apprenticeship, the new employer
must continue with the training contract,
and once the probationary period of the
training contract has passed, all parties
must agree in order for the contract to
However, under a traineeship, if the
business is sold, the new employer does
not have to keep you on as a trainee,
and either party may cancel the contract
by signing a cancellation form or letter
stating the date of cancellation. Mutual
agreement is not required.
To find out more about apprenticeships
and traineeships call 131 823. You
could also visit skills.vic.gov.au or
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