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Get Summer-Job Ready!

Summer is finally here! Uni students are about to finish up exams, grade 12s are off on their first-summer as high-school leavers and tourists are flocking back into the area. If you’re keen to keep yourself busy with a job this summer, we’ve got some top tips for you. There are plenty of jobs out there, and lots of people going for them, so put yourself ahead of the pack and show potential employers you are ready to start work, right now. How? By getting skilled up for the job. And you can get qualified with North Coast Community College’s accredited and non-accredited training.

So, you want to work behind the bar

Bartending is a pretty attractive job to young people. You get the day to do as you wish, and you work in a dynamic, fun atmosphere several nights a week. Plus, if you’re wanting to head out after work, you don’t have to go far! When it comes to actually getting employed as a bartender in Australia, you’ll need an RSA Certificate. RSA, standing for Responsible Service of Alcohol, is a legal requirement for anyone in Australia who is working in an environment where they are required to serve alcohol to customers (yes, that includes restaurants and sometimes cafés!). If you’re going for a position at a pub, then you’ll need an RCG Certificate too. The Responsible Conduct of Gambling is a requirement for everyone working in gaming venues of licensed premises. Essentially, if your workplace has Pokie Machines, facilitates sports betting and gambling in any way, you need an RCG Certificate to work.

Employers will be looking for candidates that already have their RSA and RCG certification because they are not in a position to wait for someone to get their training done. So, here’s our top tip. Do your RSA and RCG training before you start handing out resumés. And you can do it with North Coast Community College at Cape Byron Distillery, The Australian Hotel Ballina or the Yamba Bowling Club. Courses are run once at month at least and you can find dates and enrol here.

RSA and RCG for jobs in bars and restaurants

Employers will be looking for candidates that already have their RSA and RCG certification because they are not in a position to wait for someone to get their training done. So, here’s our top tip. Do your RSA and RCG training before you start handing out resumés. And you can do it with North Coast Community College at Cape Byron Distillery, The Australian Hotel Ballina or the Yamba Bowling Club. Courses are run once at month at least and you can find dates and enrol here.

Love coffee? Work in a café

Another great summer job is to work in a café. If working in the morning to have the evening off sounds appealing to you, then waitressing at a café or being a Barista may be the perfect fit. And while you may not start as a Barista, you’ll certainly be a more attractive applicant if you have reputable training under your belt. If you do want to jump straight into a Barista role, then you will definitely need hands-on training to prove you know your way around a coffee machine and have mastered the art of a good coffee. In the Northern Rivers, the North Coast Community College Accredited Barista Training is one of the best out there. You’ll learn how to operate and troubleshoot a commercial coffee grinder and machine as well as gain insider-knowledge about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to making coffee.

Barista Training

First Aid for Babysitting and Nannying

Babysitting or nannying is a great job while studying (even while you’re at school!). Usually, it pays pretty well and if you get happy kids, the job is rewarding and lots of fun. Parents are becoming pretty picky when it comes to finding a suitable babysitter or nanny, so reassure and convince them you’re a great choice with First Aid and CPR certification. Having a First Aid certificate will always be something that puts you ahead of the pack, no matter what job you go for. People feel safer knowing someone around them is trained to assist in emergencies and it’s important to know these things for ourselves too. The Accredited First Aid course provided by North Coast Community College is thorough and conducted by industry-professionals in Ballina, Alstonville and Yamba.

Whether you’re going for your first job, a new job for the summer or want to upskill for a new position at work, industry-specific training at a recognised, reputable training provider will help you stand out from the crowd. North Coast Community College has a wide range of accredited and non-accredited courses across all industries at three campuses in the Northern Rivers: Alstonville, Ballina and Yamba.

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