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Skills & Careers: Your Way – a FREE 8-week program for women

Are you interested in learning about your unique strengths and skills, connecting with industry and exploring how you can develop your career opportunities?

Victoria University (VU) Polytechnic’s inaugural ‘Skills and Careers: Your Way’ program is a free, 8-week program designed to build skills awareness, networks, and a better understanding of career and training opportunities for women looking to get back into the workforce or change their career.

Registrations are now open for this FREE program.

When: Starts Tuesday 9 March 2021
Where: Sunshine Skills Hub, Sunshine Campus, Victoria University and Online
Duration: 8 weeks (approximately 20 hours total across 8 weeks)
Cost: Free

Women in Australia were amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Facilitated by VU Polytechnic in collaboration with industry and community, this 8-week program aims to equip women to prepare for work and training opportunities. Benefits of the program include:

  • identifying your unique strengths and skills to build confidence
  • building job recruitment knowledge
  • skills development
  • understanding different career opportunities and the training that can get you there
  • networking with industry bodies
  • building lasting relationships with a group of like-minded women.


The program starts on Tuesday 9 March 2020. From day one you’ll connect with industry partners, such as WomenCan Australia and support services such as our Skills and Jobs Centre to find out more about what they do and how you can get back in the workforce or change careers. You’ll move on to participate in a range of practical workshops targeted at discovering your unique strengths.

During the program you’ll continue to participate in weekly activities, such as online short courses, mentor sessions and face-to-face workshops, to further your skillset and job readiness. Don’t worry, you won’t be left to your own devices – throughout the program you will be well-equipped with resources to support you and your learning.

We’re giving away the perfect Watergardens date for you and your Valentine!

No matter whether you’re planning to spend the day with your Valentine, gal-entine or perhaps even your gran-entine, we’re giving away the perfect date for you and your lucky Valentine!

This perfect prize includes:
2 Hoyts Movie Tickets 📽
$200 Thai Alley voucher 🍽
The Beauty Circle Couples Kit 🧴
Market Florist Bouquet 💐
Valued at over $445!

To enter, follow Watergardens’ Facebook or Instagram pages and tag who you are taking on this date! Sweethearts, Gal Pals or even Mama bear! Who are you choosing?


Competition closes 11:59pm Sunday 7 February 2021, terms & conditions apply.

HOYTS $15.00 Member Tickets!


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Business Consultant - EmpowerBeyond

Non-negotiables in a business

This week while putting together a business plan, mapping out the vision, values, goals and activities for 2021 with my clients, we came up with some non-negotiables.
These are guiding principles instilled in the business to raise the standards and provide consistency from an internal and external perspective.
Values are the driving forces for setting the Culture in the company. Consistent implementation is what creates the Culture.
Below is an illustration of a value being associated with an activity.
𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐞 – Communication
𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐞 – Written and verbal communication must occur within a timely manner to both internal and external parties.
𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐞 / 𝐍𝐨𝐧-𝐧𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞
• Return calls within 24 hours
• Send out a quote or proposal to the potential client within 24 hours of communicating with them.
Many guiding principles will come from just one Value. These can then form part of your standard operating procedures. They remove any hesitation or second-guessing how activities in the business should be addressed.
What’s a non-negotiable in your business?
Owner and founder- all rounder - Kilted Haggis

Celebrate the long weekend with Burns Day into Australia Day

For Auld Lang Syne.

A Scots-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.

Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns’ contribution to Scottish culture.

Haggis is traditionally served as part of the Burns supper on or near January 25, with a traditional meal complimented with neeps & tatties (turnips & potatoes).

However at Kilted Haggis, we bring a new line of foods filled with the delicacy, to suit all types of cultures and taste buds.

Although haggis is a fairly ethical food ( a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver, and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, the suet used in our haggis is a beef extract.

Any further information on the haggis should be directed to Pacdon Park Australia’s only award winners of haggis since 2011.

Business Consultant - EmpowerBeyond

Trust and Values

Over the past couple of weeks, trust is something I have had to work on. My eldest son turned 19 this week and had only got his licence a couple of weeks ago due to the COVID restrictions here in Melbourne. I thought him turning 18 and going out with his friends to clubs and bars was stressful enough, hoping he would make the right decisions out there in the ‘real world.’

Little did I realise that him getting his licence had me dealing with more concerns around trust. I found myself worrying and hoping that he would be okay. I was hoping that he would make decisions that would keep him out of harm’s way. I would find myself constantly looking at the clock, staying up all night not having any peace until he got home.

I concluded that over the 19 years of my husband and I bringing up our son, we would have hopefully instilled some values that he would follow through in his actions. I had to trust that as parents, we have done all we could to allow him to make his own decisions.

Trust and values also apply in the workplace. We need to trust that by instilling values and leading by example, that others would embrace them and acknowledge the benefit of being guided by the values to make daily decisions.

Owner and founder- all rounder - Kilted Haggis

Kilted Haggis brand new menu

We haven’t posted for a while, but we’ve certainly not been slacking.

Our food truck business has never been more popular and with the summer looming, our diary is filling nicely.

We did have one problem though, we hadn’t updated  our menu and our A4’s were looking pretty tired. That was until we found another local business who knew exactly what we needed to keep customers happy.

EV333 Custom print and signage, acted as though they had known us forever when they came round to the premises to measure up, for a vinyl adhesive permanent menu on the side and back of our truck! Vic knew exactly what we needed and was very generous with the cost. We were so pleased with the outcome, we got EV333 to create our sign for the upcoming Grazeland venue in Spotswood, opening in January.

EV333 Custom Print and Signage,  is owned and operated by Elizabeth and Vic, in Ardeer. Vic has been in Sunshine West his whole life. He grew up on Links Street until his parents built their home on Glengala Rd more than 30 years ago, where his Mum still resides.  Elizabeth and Vic are very much in support of the growth of small local businesses and a flourishing Brimbank.
Kilted Haggis Melbourne’s Only Scottish Food Truck (website under construction)


Business owner - Sharon Munro

Weddings are back – let’s connect

Weddings are back!  Although they still look a little different to how many had originally planned them to be.

Business connections are so valuable, that is why I am looking to meet and collaborate with other local business owners.  Let’s put together the most amazing wedding packages that Melbourne has ever seen and show case our very own Brimbank.

Do you have a venue/restaurant/cafe that can be used for small weddings? Remember, minimonies are trending right now with many keeping costs front of mind.  Let’s chat!

Are you a florist, jeweler, bridal boutique or menswear store? Let’s chat!

Do you hire wedding cars, helicopters, wedding transport? Let’s chat!

Are you a mobile food or drinks caterer? Let’s chat!

Are you a photographer? Let’s chat!

Do you hire wedding props? Let’s chat!

Do you have a business that is not listed but you would like to chat about the possibility of collaboration? Let’s chat!

This is not a conclusive list, so please do not hesitate to make contact with me for a friendly chat.  Let’s see what we can create when we all work together and bring Brimbank back to life!

Melbourne Celebrant Sharon Munro

0403 179 667




Principal OH&S consultant - Jenny Tran

Do you need assistance to safely reopen your business?

Good news restrictions have eased for some businesses, allowing owners to reopen their businesses.
Jenny Tran can assist businesses to safely reopen and meet the mandatory criteria set by the government. This includes embedding COVID safety controls in your induction documents, risk assessments and training.
If you have any enquiries, please email Jenny Tran ( Or if you are interested in other services that Jenny provides with OH&S compliance, please check out this website (

Business Consultant - EmpowerBeyond

The Benefits Of Process Mapping For Your Business

This week the mapping out of processes was an activity I performed for a client which they found beneficial for several reasons:
➡️ Better visualisation of the process
➡️ It made it clear as to who was doing what as part of the process
➡️ What tasks needed to be completed and by when
➡️ Why each activity had to be completed within a particular timeframe
➡️ What equipment, software, material and people needed to be resourced (whether internal or external to the business)
➡️ Identifying areas that are a root cause to a problem (avoid band-aid fix and look to eliminating the problem)
➡️ Identifying areas of opportunity for improvement (to save time and money and increase quality)
➡️ Collaboration and input by those involved in the process (increases the acceptance of changes)
➡️ Creating a standard operating procedure on that process (increases standardisation and ability to cross-train people)
The process maps and standard operating procedures can continue to be updated as required.