The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-28T22:33:41Z Second-Chance School Warakirri College Opens its Doors in Campbelltown for Disadvantaged Students 2019-05-28T22:33:41Z second-chance-school-warakirri-college-opens-its-doors-in-campbelltown-for-disadvantaged-students An MTC initiative, Warakirri College is an independent high school catering to disadvantaged young people aged 15 to 22.  The school offers an alternative form of learning to students who have disconnected from mainstream education or did not quite fit into a traditional school environment. With no school uniforms, no school fees and free food for those who haven’t eaten, the college hopes to help students build confidence, manage other challenges in their life and work towards their own life and career goals. “I believe the new Warakirri College campus will be a valuable addition to the Campbelltown community, helping disconnected young people achieve a better future” says Warakirri College Principal, Carolyn Blanden. With campuses already in Blacktown and Fairfield, Ms Blanden goes on to explain how Warakirri College will make a difference to the young people in the Campbelltown region, “These students struggle in mainstream schools, due to their long absences as a result of numerous social issues or because they have mental health challenges or come from complex family backgrounds. We break down the barriers that prevents students from going to school so that they can  complete the Year10 RoSA or a HSC and ATAR.” “Although our students are street-wise,” Ms Blanden goes on to say, “they haven’t had the opportunities that most kids have had. We are a family here at Warakirri so we take the students on excursions or go on bushwalks and camps to inspire and engage them. I feel very privileged to be able to help these young people get their lives back on track and enjoy the opportunities that come from completing their schooling”. Former Warakirri graduate Adriana spoke of what sets Warakirri College apart, “Warakirri College is different to mainstream school as the environment is more relaxed and students are treated like adults.” “Everyone is very supportive and interactive. It’s a great place to learn,” adds Adriana For more information about Warakirri College please contact 02 9914 3250 or visit our website www.warakirricollege.nsw.edu.au. About Warakirri College Warakirri College is an independent high school for young people aged 15–22 completing their Year 10 and Higher School Certificate. Students have disconnected from mainstream schools due to peer relations difficulties like bullying or gender issues, mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression, complex family backgrounds, refugee experience or parenthood.  Warakirri is an independent high school with campuses at Fairfield and Blacktown. As a social impact initiative of MTC Australia, students do not pay fees and are provided with textbooks, food and other resources. Graduates typically progress to University, TAFE, private colleges and employment.  About MTC Australia MTC is the social enterprise that gives people the inspiration, capability and opportunity to create a fulfilling life. We deliver high impact employment, training and youth programs that help more than 15,000 people every year to gain skills for employment and entrepreneurship, build self-worth, and enable possibilities for transformative change. MTC Australia Seeks Volunteer Mentors for Youth Frontiers 2019 2019-03-31T22:43:04Z mtc-australia-seeks-volunteer-mentors-for-youth-frontiers-2019 The program is targeted at students with the capacity to benefit from the support of a mentor, and helps them develop their confidence, leadership skills and community connectedness. MTC Australia is offering the Youth Frontiers program across South West and Western Sydney and the Nepean regions in 2019, and is on the lookout for volunteers that are interested in mentoring young people. “We’re looking for volunteers who are compassionate; good listeners; have positive attitudes, patience and understanding,” said Natalija Gicevska, Youth Frontiers Program Manager at MTC Australia. “Essentially, a good mentor is anyone who is passionate about empowering young people.” Volunteers should be available to mentor a minimum of 10 hours over a 6-month period, and must also undergo a criminal history and Working With Children Check. Mentors receive training and ongoing support throughout the process. Adam Yasa volunteered as a Youth Frontiers mentor with MTC in 2018, and said, “We all get caught up in our day-to-day lives and don’t have much time to stop and take in what is going on around us. This experience has allowed me to be involved in my community, hear some of the challenges and offer help where I can. “It has allowed me to apply my experience and knowledge to help young people within my community. In a way, it has helped reshape my perspective.” MTC is also accepting enrolments from young people aged 12–16 who want to be mentored. Students can be referred by their school, or their parent/guardian. “Schools value the program because it gives students an opportunity to improve their self-esteem, as well as opportunities to set and meet personal goals,” said Ms Gicevska. “Some students do not have many positive adult role models so the program is useful in providing them with one. Schools also like the program because students get involved in a variety of workshops that are tailored to their needs and interests.” Parents, guardians and interested volunteers can apply for Youth Frontiers by contacting MTC Australia on 1300 232 663 or info@mtcaustralia.com.au. Find out more at mtcaustralia.com.au/youth-frontiers.   MTC Australia is the social enterprise that gives people the inspiration, capability and opportunity to create a fulfilling life. We deliver high impact employment, training and youth programs that help people gain skills for employment and entrepreneurship, build self-worth, and enable possibilities for transformative change. Youth Week Career Showcase to Help Young People in Western Sydney Kickstart their Career 2019-03-27T02:31:23Z youth-week-career-showcase-to-help-young-people-in-western-sydney-kickstart-their-career MTC Australia has partnered with Cumberland Council and Auburn Youth Centre to bring the young people of western Sydney #YourFutureNow. The Youth Career Showcase aims to connect young job seekers with local employers and education providers, answer some big questions about what today’s employers are looking for, and provide practical support to young people as they embark on the next stage of their lives. A range of local employers, education providers and community organisations will be there on the day, including Auburn Youth Centre, Ted Noffs Foundation, Bankstown Sports Club, HVTC Apprenticeship Centre, NRMA, JobGetter and High Street Youth Health Services. Bankstown Poetry Slam co-organiser Yasmine Lewis will lead a poetry slam – Yasmine was named Bankstown’s Woman of the Year in 2017, and has a long track record of helping empower young people. Other fun activities include a drumming workshop and lucky door prizes. There will be two employer-led panel discussions, including one that answers that all-important question: what are today’s employers looking for? Entry is open to the general public. #YourFutureNow Youth Career Showcase Event Details DATE:                   Thursday 11 April 2019 TIME:                   1–3:30pm LOCATION:         Auburn Town Hall, 1 Susan St Auburn About MTC AustraliaMTC is the social enterprise that gives people the inspiration, capability and opportunity to create a fulfilling life. We deliver high impact employment, training and youth programs that help more than 15,000 people every year to gain skills for employment and entrepreneurship, build self-worth, and enable possibilities for transformative change. Mark Taylor MP to Officiate at Opening Ceremony of Warakirri College Blacktown’s New Science Lab 2019-02-04T05:19:58Z mark-taylor-mp-to-officiate-at-opening-ceremony-of-warakirri-college-blacktown-s-new-science-lab The multipurpose laboratory has been designed to facilitate Science, Biology, Food Technology and Living Skills classes. The 4-month construction project was delivered by Sydney Office Fitout, and includes a fully functioning science lab and preparation room with prep benches and chemical storage, as well as a multiple station kitchen equipped with ovens, gas cooktops, fridge, double sink, stainless steel prep benches and fume extractor. The new science laboratory will allow students to design and conduct a wider variety of controlled experiments to collect reliable first-hand data, while Food Technology students now have a dedicated space to plan, prepare, present, and evaluate their creations. “I think we are going to learn some really great life skills in here,” said Warakirri student Maverick M. “There’s so much room and freedom. It’s exciting because it’s an actual, real kitchen, not just some frypans in an old room! It makes me feel so hopeful and excited because it’s brand new.” “I am 10/10 excited to use the room,” added Warakirri student Tyler S. “It is so nice and big and clean and sophisticated. It’s going to make Science and Food Tech so much more enjoyable.” Funding for the project was provided by the NSW Government, with administrative support from The Association of Independent Schools. “We are most grateful to the Department of Education for their generous support of this project which will enable our students to develop new skills and enjoy their classes in an innovative, inspiring learning space,” said Warakirri College Principal Carolyn Blanden. The multipurpose laboratory opening ceremony will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 19 February 2019 at Warakirri College Blacktown, 7 Sunnyholt Road Blacktown 2148, with Mark Taylor MP, the State Member of Parliament for Seven Hills in attendance.    About Warakirri College Warakirri College is an independent high school for young people aged 15–22 completing their Year 10 and Higher School Certificate. Students have disconnected from mainstream schools due to peer relations difficulties like bullying or gender issues, mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression, complex family backgrounds, refugee experience or parenthood.  Warakirri is an independent high school with campuses at Fairfield and Blacktown. As a social impact initiative of MTC Australia, students do not pay fees and are provided with textbooks, food and other resources. Graduates typically progress to University, TAFE, private colleges and employment.  About MTC Australia MTC is the social enterprise that gives people the inspiration, capability and opportunity to create a fulfilling life. We deliver high impact employment, training and youth programs that help more than 15,000 people every year to gain skills for employment and entrepreneurship, build self-worth, and enable possibilities for transformative change. We deliver a range of proven programs, including government initiatives such as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), Disability Employment Services (DES), jobactive and Skills for Education and Employment (SEE). We also deliver nationally accredited training courses and innovative youth programs, and offer specialist recruitment services through MTC Recruitment. As a social enterprise, we continue to support and empower at-risk Australians, by reinvesting surplus back into innovative social impact initiatives like Warakirri College, an independent high school for students who need an alternative to mainstream education. Warakirri College Fairfield’s Students and Teachers Welcome Fantastic Furniture’s Christmas Gift 2018-12-19T00:36:30Z warakirri-college-fairfield-s-students-and-teachers-welcome-fantastic-furniture-s-christmas-gift A total of five brand new sofas in shades of navy and vibrant teal were delivered to the school, and have been wholeheartedly welcomed by students, teachers and administrators. Three sofas have been installed in a student common area to replace worn furniture; feedback from students describes the new additions as ‘super comfortable’ and ‘great for hanging out’. One sofa has gone to the counsellor’s office, where there’s plenty of traffic; and the last to the library, which also doubles as a quiet room for students who need to recharge. “The environment here is what makes Warakirri different. Our partnership with Fantastic has enabled us to provide our students with a beautiful, comfortable environment that helps them feel safe and able to be themselves. And when they feel comfortable, they’re better placed to learn and thrive,” said Jennifer Lawrence, Head of Campus at Warakirri College Fairfield. “These donations have a practical aspect too: the money we’ve saved on these sofas is now able to be spent on providing our students with more opportunities to learn.” MTC Australia has enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership with Fantastic Furniture since 2014. Fantastic has furnished rooms at MTC Auburn and Parramatta, as well as both Warakirri College campuses at Fairfield and Blacktown; offered work experience opportunities to MTC SEE (Skills for Education & Employment) students; and employed young people from the Transition to Work program. “Fantastic Furniture is thrilled to have been associated with MTC and Warakirri College since 2014. As a company that began from humble origins in Western Sydney in 1989, this area has always been close to the heart of everything we do,” said Adam Davies, GM Retail at Fantastic. “While both MTC and Fantastic have grown from humble origins to leaders in our respective fields, there is a synergy between our companies – and that is our desire to help people bring their dreams to life.” “We are proud to continue supporting Warakirri with a retail and warehouse work experience program, giving students opportunities to experience and learn valuable skills in a retail environment,” Mr Davies continued. “We’re extremely impressed with the great work the team at MTC do, and proud to be associated.” About Warakirri College Warakirri College is an independent high school for young people aged 15–22 completing their Year 10 and Higher School Certificate. Students have disconnected from mainstream schools due to peer relations difficulties like bullying or gender issues, mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression, complex family backgrounds, refugee experience or parenthood. Warakirri is an independent high school with campuses at Fairfield and Blacktown. As a social impact initiative of MTC Australia, students do not pay fees and are provided with textbooks, food and other resources. Graduates typically progress to University, TAFE, private colleges and employment. About MTC Australia MTC is the social enterprise that gives people the inspiration, capability and opportunity to create a fulfilling life. We deliver high impact employment, training and youth programs that help more than 15,000 people every year to gain skills for employment and entrepreneurship, build self-worth, and enable possibilities for transformative change. About Fantastic Furniture The Fantastic Furniture story begins with a humble stall at Sydney Parklea markets back in 1989. Today we’re proud to be Australia’s best value furniture and bedding retailer. With 78 stores right across Australia and over 1,000 passionate team members, we're always ready to help. We have a huge range of furniture available both in-store and online, including our own range of sofas and mattresses that are proudly made right here in Australia! We also know that visiting stores searching for that perfect office storage solution, kids’ furniture, dining table or furniture package can be time-consuming, which is why we offer a huge selection of affordable furniture online, so you can find everything you need in one place and browse from the comfort of your own home! MTC Australia Achieves Certification to International Standards ISO 9001:2015 and 27001:2013 2018-12-03T00:32:38Z mtc-australia-achieves-certification-to-international-standards-iso-9001-2015-and-27001-2013 MTC Australia is pleased to announce that its Head Office has achieved certification to quality management standard ISO 9001:2015 and information security management standard ISO 27001:2013. The certification and audit process was conducted by BSI. This is a significant milestone for MTC, providing a solid foundation and framework for developing and improving service delivery and information security management. MTC’s Head Office has now joined the Employment Services, Education and Training, Youth and Community, and MTC Recruitment divisions in certification to ISO 9001:2015. Having these certifications provides assurance to both current and potential customers, as well as the government departments that MTC deals with, that its processes and systems have been designed and implemented to meet customer, statutory and regulatory requirements and are managing and controlling the risks associated with its service delivery. “MTC Australia is now quality certified to ISO 9001 across the entire business; from the Head Office leadership and support services through to the operational divisions which directly service our clients and customers,” said MTC Australia CEO Colin Lloyd. “Our organisation is very proud to be recognised for our continuous improvements to our processes. “At MTC, we aim to cultivate a high-performance culture and a commitment to quality in everything we do.” When it comes to achieving ISO 27001:2013 certification in particular, MTC is honoured to be one of the pioneer organisations in the social enterprise sector. “We regard the achievement of ISO 27001 certification as a significant milestone for MTC Australia, which provides a solid foundation and framework for developing and improving our information security to meet all our stakeholders’ expectations,” said Mr. Lloyd. Chris Meehan, General Manager – Operations and Training at BSI Group Australia said, “In an increasingly competitive business environment, organisations who want to get ahead need to stand out from the crowd. Achieving certification to both these revised standards is a credit to everyone at MTC Australia and clearly demonstrates their commitment to being a sustainable organisation that places customer satisfaction at the heart of their business.” About MTC AustraliaMTC is the social enterprise that gives people the inspiration, capability and opportunity to create a fulfilling life. We deliver high impact employment, training and youth programs that help more than 15,000 people every year to gain skills for employment and entrepreneurship, build self-worth, and enable possibilities for transformative change. We deliver a range of proven programs, including government initiatives such as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), Disability Employment Services (DES), jobactive and Skills for Education and Employment (SEE). We also deliver nationally accredited training courses and innovative youth programs, and offer specialist recruitment services through MTC Recruitment. As a social enterprise, we continue to support and empower at-risk Australians, by reinvesting surplus back into innovative social impact initiatives like Warakirri College, an independent high school for students who need an alternative to mainstream education. About BSI BSI is the business improvement company that enables organisations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. For over a century BSI has championed what good looks like and driven best practice in organisations around the world. Working with over 86,000 clients across 193 countries, it is a truly international business with skills and experience across a number of sectors including aerospace, automotive, built environment, food, and healthcare. Through its expertise in Standards Development and Knowledge Solutions, Assurance and Professional Services, BSI improves business performance to help clients grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately be more resilient. To learn more, please visit: www.bsigroup.com Warakirri College’s Fairfield and Blacktown campuses now accepting enrolments for 2019 2018-11-21T03:42:33Z warakirri-college-s-fairfield-and-blacktown-campuses-now-accepting-enrolments-for-2019 “There are no typical days at Warakirri!” says Principal Carolyn Blanden. “Many of our students have disconnected from mainstream education or cannot get a place in a traditional school. Some have mental health challenges, like anxiety and depression, that prevent them attending a large school. Our small friendly classrooms and family atmosphere enable them to cope better, and they’re able to complete their schooling instead of dropping out. “Some students face enormous life challenges. Often school is the only stable part of their lives, and the only source of support. We help by providing counselling, food and even clothing if it’s needed, and referrals to therapists, Transition to Work providers and other educational institutions. We also provide all books and teaching materials and there are no fees. “We run quite a lot of excursions, such as to plays, career expos, museums, Taronga Zoo and the mangrove swamps at Bicentennial Park. The Australian bush and beach can both be very dangerous if you haven’t been shown how to keep safe. To combat this we organise outdoor education experiences like bushwalks and camps. “The best job I’ve ever had has been as Principal of Warakirri College. It is such an honour to work with young people who desperately need a second chance. When I hear some of their stories at the enrolment interviews I’m often shocked by their experiences and the challenges they face. I feel very privileged to be able to help them get their lives back on track and enjoy the opportunities that come from completing their schooling. It is so rewarding to see them at graduation, supported by multiple family members who tell me: “This is the first person in our family to finish Year 10 or get the HSC!” Warakirri student snapshot: Rhiannon Rhiannon came to Warakirri suffering such bad anxiety that she couldn’t do an oral presentation unless the classroom was empty and the teacher was hiding under the desk listening to her. She had very low self-esteem and wasn’t coping at her mainstream school. She achieved excellent results in her HSC and graduated as Dux of Year 12. Warakirri provided lots of support with her university application. One teacher accompanied her to several campuses, talked to lecturers and helped with the UAC application. Currently Rhiannon is really enjoying studying Forensic Science at the Western Sydney University Hawkesbury campus, as well as tutoring other students.  Warakirri student snapshot: Elia Elia had been enrolled in various schools overseas but was finding it difficult to settle into a mainstream school in Australia, so she came to Warakirri to complete her HSC. After school, Elia started working in the hospitality industry and kept on being promoted. She’s now working full time as a function centre manager and is part of a management training program. She’s planning to study events management and wants to open her own function centre one day. Warakirri student snapshot: Cheyenne Cheyenne came to Warakirri after an unhappy time at several mainstream schools. His anger management problems had led to difficulties with peers and teachers. The smaller, friendly environment at Warakirri helped Cheyenne control his anger and he was able to successfully complete his RoSA. Cheyenne is now happy and confident, and working as an apprentice plumber. www.warakirricollege.nsw.edu.au MTC Australia is the social enterprise that gives people the inspiration, capability and opportunity to create a fulfilling life. We deliver high impact employment, training and youth programs that help people gain skills for employment and entrepreneurship, build self-worth, and enable possibilities for transformative change. www.mtcaustralia.com.au   Getting Connected: Drama workshops help adult ESL students learn English and improve their confidence 2018-11-11T23:09:53Z getting-connected-drama-workshops-help-adult-esl-students-learn-english-and-improve-their-confidence MTC Australia delivers Skills for Education and Employment (SEE), a government-funded program that helps job seekers improve their English language, computer and job searching skills. Since 2016, Sydney Theatre Company (STC) Teaching Artists have collaborated with our SEE English Trainers to deliver the Connected: Adult Language Learning through Drama (CALLD) program. “Connected is a program that uses drama approaches to improve literacy, particularly with people who are learning English as an additional language. A lot of our participants are migrants, refugees and asylum seekers,” says STC Teaching Artist Zoe Hogan. “Drama is a really engaging way of working with students regardless of their English language levels and that’s because we’re using our body language, facial expressions and other ways of making meaning.” Connected has seen some great results, with students improving their literacy and gaining confidence and new skills. Western Sydney University Lecturer Dr Rachael Jacobs is studying the impact of the program. “Out of Connected we see so many different positive results,” says Dr Jacobs. “The students start using more complex adjectives, they start using longer sentences. The other benefit is that students start to see their own creative potential. They start to imagine their future possibilities.” Recently MTC SEE English Trainer Kathryn Salman and her class took part in the program and were part of a 2-day video shoot detailing the experience. View the video here: https://youtu.be/lNhiYIP8-OM “My students are a warm, generous and lively group,” says Kathryn. “They refer to MTC and this class as their second family. They try to help, support and encourage each other through their experiences in Australia, and greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn and understand more.”  “I greatly enjoyed the Connected program. I involved the students and myself in this venture 100%, by expanding on what we learned in the workshop during our regular classes, and because of that the program was very successful. Now the students are asking to do more drama as we learned so much! “Would I do it again: 1000 times yes! I cannot recommend it highly enough, it gave me so much joy, insights and a challenge to try something new.” Connected is made possible by a group of donors to Sydney Theatre Company’s education program.   MORE INFORMATION sydneytheatre.com.au/education/our-community/adult-drama-and-literacy www.sydneytheatre.com.au/magazine/posts/2018/november/news-connecting-refugees-through-creativity mtcaustralia.com.au/education-training/see/ The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. MTC Australia contracted to deliver Youth Frontiers for three more years 2018-03-12T23:50:42Z mtc-australia-contracted-to-deliver-youth-frontiers-for-three-more-years MTC Australia is excited to announce it has won the right to deliver the Youth Frontiers mentoring program for a further three years. Youth Frontiers is a NSW Government youth mentoring program that targets students between the ages of 12 and 16 who may benefit from the support of a mentor. Focused on increasing students’ wellbeing and connection to the community, the program helps young people improve and develop skills in leadership, team work, communication and decision making. Volunteer mentors receive specialised training and ongoing support. Since the implementation of Youth Frontiers in February 2015 MTC Australia has helped 942 young people across NSW to reach their full potential. Martin Keil, General Manager – Youth & Community, said the new contract expands the program’s reach, allowing MTC Australia to facilitate the development of more quality mentoring relationships. “This new contract enables us to reach a higher number of young people from a wider age group, allowing us to capitalise on the excellent work we have done over the past three years,” Mr Keil said. “We will be continuing to offer the program in Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and the Nepean regions. These are communities that we already have a strong presence in, and we’re excited to be able to further develop our relationships.” Mr Keil added that a major focus of the Youth Frontiers program is the young person’s participation in a community activity. “This participation could range from volunteering with a local organisation or working with the local council to helping organise a school event or function,” Mr Keil said. The NSW Government has committed to funding Youth Frontiers until 2020. If you are between 12 and 16 years of age and think you would benefit from a mentoring relationship, or know someone who is, find out more about the Youth Frontiers program at mtcaustralia.com.au, email info@mtcaustralia.com.au or phone 1300 232 663. Similarly, if you are interested in sharing your skills and experience with young people, MTC Australia is currently recruiting volunteer mentors. See mtcaustralia.com.au, email info@mtcaustralia.com.au or phone 1300 232 663. MTC Australia is a thriving social enterprise that provides pathways for people of all backgrounds and life stages to create new life opportunities. MTC Australia offers high impact employment, learning and youth programs delivered from more than 20 locations across NSW.