When Bounce Met Fitted for Work

When Bounce Met Fitted for Work

When I was asked to run The Bounce Program in partnership with the organisation Fitted for Work, I was very excited. I had longed dreamed of running a program with a group of women that creates an opportunity for personal empowerment that included personal grooming and styling techniques. In my previous career as a Beauty Therapist, I had seen first-hand how looking good on the outside can enhance one’s internal sense of self confidence.

My experience training with Bounce at Fitted for Work was extremely positive and heart-warming. The partnership between Bounce Consulting and Fitted for Work was a perfect fit, you could say it was tailor made!
I spent six weeks with a group of intelligent, strong, incredible women, all of whom had an amazing life story to tell and have faced difficulties and challenges with grace and honour. During the program, these women experienced the magic of the Bounce Program, bolstering their confidence, self esteem and clarifying their career direction. And with Fitted for Work, they were groomed and styled, guiding them to the best clothing styles for their body types, colour matching and skincare techniques. So much fun!

The women were also invited to a Career Day to experience the ways of the corporate world and were each matched with a mentor for ongoing support after the program. We were all very well looked after by the staff at Fitted for Work and it was a joy to be a part of something so special and to witness the amazing transformations that the group experienced.

The B.U.I.L.D Project Finale

The B.U.I.L.D Project Finale

On July 2, Bounce celebrated the completion of The B.U.I.L.D Project by holding The B.U.I.L.D Project Finale. B.U.I.L.D, a twelve month educational training resource initiative, was designed by Bounce to accomplish three things: address employer and workforce development needs in Maryborough, bring the community together, and create a leadership model where companies could bond together to promote financial growth in Maryborough.

The project was a collection of educational sessions such as online business strategies, negotiation skills and government funding and tender writing. These sessions, conducted by professional Bounce trainers such as United Nations facilitator Peter Smith, were made available at no cost and were open to the community.

In the B.U.I.L.D sessions trainers addressed personalised needs of business owners and job seekers such as communication skills and conflict resolution. B.U.I.L.D also included some of Bounce’s most requested courses, aimed at job seekers who wanted to grow skills in personal development and job search techniques.

Guests at the B.U.I.L.D finale dined while Bounce’s own Jude Reeves acted as compere for the event while Bounce Director and CEO Maria Smith welcomed everyone to the celebration. Guest speakers included Andrew Gibbs of DEEWR, Danielle Green of True Foods, Scott Zampatti, a Bounce course participant, Sue Ryan of the Mighty Pen, and Chris Gilbert of Chris and Julie’s Respite Farm, both Bounce participants).

“The B.U.I.L.D Project was such a great coming together of the community, job seekers and job providers,” said Maria Smith. “The feedback has been amazing and it’s been inspiring to see how everyone has really connected to make a great change in our town.”

Bounce would like to thank everyone who was involved with The B.U.I.L.D Project; all of the Bounce course participants, professional development session attendees as well as Bounce trainers Leanne Cornwill, Dave Ramage, Peter Smith and Rose Witherow. This project would not have been possible without the support and input of everyone involved.

Bounce nominated for Business Award

Bounce nominated for Business Award

It’s just the beginning of award season and Bounce is already getting noticed. Nominated for its apprenticeship program, Bounce attended the Powercor Business Awards last month where staff member Fiona Smith was nominated for a business award.

Fiona is a former Bounce participant who enjoyed the course so much, that she became a part of the staff located at Bounce Headquarters in Maryborough. Heading all social media efforts, Fiona is an important part of the team, assisting the staff and creating social media posts that will spread the life-changing message that is Bounce.

While Bounce did not take home the award that night, the entire team had a wonderful time celebrating their nomination and meeting and mingling with other local companies. “I couldn’t believe I was nominated,” remarked Fiona. “It was such a great honor to see how far I have come from being a Bounce participant to Bounce employee.”

Congratulations to Fiona.

The YAE Program

The YAE Program

The Young Adult Empowerment (YAE) Program is a Ballarat-based initiative that provides young adults with the opportunity to productively participate in the workforce and to take control of their lives.

The YAE Program supports disadvantaged, disengaged & unemployed young adults between 17 & 22 years.
Participants are given practical skills needed to successfully gain & hold onto employment, as well as direct access to long term job opportunities with continued on-the-job support. This experience is not only beneficial to the young adults who take part but is also invaluable for the growth and development of the community as a whole, enriching future generations of working adults with education & confidence.

Testimonials from the YAE Program:

“I was nervous at first, but by lunchtime I already felt extremely comfortable. Every single session we have had I have enjoyed and have leant a lot from. I can take these ideas into the outside world and I really believe I can do anything I put my mind to, thanks to these guys.”

“I have learnt that I can achieve anything by setting goals, writing them down and that fear can be your friend.”

“I would tell my friends about YAE for sure, only a week in and it has already changed my life for the better and will keep getting better in the next 3 weeks.”

Bounce Consulting is proud to be associated with this program in bringing support and skills training to jobseekers in order to improve lives and open up opportunities for success.

Bounce introduces The B.U.I.L.D Project

Bounce introduces The B.U.I.L.D Project

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations have allocated funding to Bounce Consulting, to provide local businesses in the Central Goldfields and surrounding regions with professional development opportunities.

Bounce Consulting will provide regional development workshops, focusing on: strategic planning, innovation and development, communication, leadership, attracting new business and alternative marketing ideas.

“The B.U.I.L.D Project is a fresh perspective,” says Bounce Consulting Director Maria Smith. “Because it’s fully funded, there’s no cost to business owners who are looking to gain new skills and really make a difference in strengthening our business community.”

“We are inviting all local businesses and those from surrounding areas to take advantage of the information provided so that they can enhance and grow their businesses, without having to travel from the area”.

Workshops will be delivered by local and international presenters who have connections with the local area. Peter Smith, a former Maryborough resident, will be presenting the first workshop in September. Peter works with the United Nations and has a strong background working with businesses worldwide on improvements and growth pathways. He will be returning to Maryborough to share his ideas.

Over the next 12 months participants will have the opportunity to obtain individual business coaching sessions with Bounce Consulting.

“Being able to access professional development services and coaching opportunities in our local area is rare, but very exciting.” Maria said. “We want Maryborough businesses to have every opportunity to stand-out and excel at what they do and our development sessions are a way to make that happen”.

“It’s motivating to see the community – supported by the national government – taking an active role in making change happen,” says local business operator Dianne Thiele. “We’re excited to see the results that will come from this training.”

Another focus of The B.U.I.L.D Project will be to provide training and coaching to local job seekers and those people currently employed. This training will focus on employability skills, communication, leadership, up-skilling and enhancing further training opportunities that are available. This training will be provided as a component of the Bounce Into Action program.

All local businesses and individuals from the Central Goldfields Shire and other local municipalities are invited to attend the professional development workshops and the Bounce Into Action program. For details, you can visit The B.U.I.L.D Project website , phone Bounce Consulting at 03 5461 1254 or email info[at]bounceconsulting.com.au