Bouncing into New Zealand

Bouncing into New Zealand

Bounce has taken that next big step and headed into new territory! On the 12th of June, Maria was invited to run a series of workshops for Employment Consultants in Auckland and Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, focusing on skills to help engage disengaged youth.

“One of the best sessions I’ve been to in a long while. Maria was an amazing facilitator” – Christine Manson, Attendee
“Loved it. It was awesome. I really enjoyed the body language stuff and about VAK. I think I could get better at these and use these in my work.” – Rosie Whiaitiri, Attendee

This is an incredible step for Bounce and we couldn’t be more excited!

On the back of her New Zealand trip, Maria has just returned from America, having attended the 3 day Geographic Solutions, Workforce Technology Conference in Monterey, California. Maria was invited speak and discuss Engaging the Disengaged through Emotional Intelligence and Online Strategies. Tech and Marketing nerd, Nettie, was also lucky enough to be invited along for her first trip out of the country, which she was pretty happy about! Maria’s talk had a great response from everyone and Bounce has been invited back for next year’s conference in Florida.

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Building Leadership in the Local Community

With focus on Professional Development in businesses on the rise, Bounce’s home town, Maryborough, has launched at the opportunity to get ahead of the pack and invest in their staff, and we applaud them! With 2 large businesses coming on board for skills boosting sessions at Bounce this month, Maryborough has never been a better place to work and grow. “Maria was very inspiring in her presentation. I gained some very useful examples of how to do things on a daily basis in the workplace.” – Jayne Parkinson, Attendee

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Double Your Outcomes with this PPS Prep!

Post Placement Support (PPS) is a proven strategy for achieving sustainable placements, maximising outcome fees, and building performance ratings in the jobactive and Disability Employment Services environments. PPS can improve job seeker retention in employment when there is a planned approach to maintaining regular contact with both job seekers and employers. If you need to touch up you PPS skills, take a look at this month’s blog and take on PPS the right way. CLICK HERE to read more!

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Trainer of the Month

This month we want to introduce to you one of our newer trainers here at Bounce. Adored by sites, job seekers and trainers alike, Josh Peterson is making waves everywhere he goes! While having extensive experience in training, assessment and people management, Josh can also play 10 different types of instruments (10!?), delve into the inner workings of the mind with a love of psychology and raise 3 kids all at the same time… he can’t solve a Rubix Cube though, not even with instructions. That doesn’t stop him trying because he doesn’t shy away from a challenge! Thanks for your dedication, Josh!

Tip of the Month

“As a leader or business owner, you can’t do everything. Play to your strengths and delegate tasks. Your team is there for a reason, utilise them”
– Maria Smith

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Gforce & Life Skills

Gforce & Life Skills

Life Skills is our passion, it’s what we do, and so when we get asked to run a pure Life Skills program we jump up and say “yes please!”. The inspirational people at Gforce, Geelong, locked in a solid 2 weeks of pure Life Skills for 10 lucky job seekers. Gforce are an employment solutions based business, focused on matching employers to job seekers in order to create sustainable outcomes. Last year Gforce won a four year Australian Government contract to run Transition to Work, an initiative focused on educating youth to assist them with gaining employment, and they asked Bounce to step in and give them a hand.

For 2 weeks our very excited Bounce Trainer, Linda Pierson, took the Transition to Work group under her wing and taught them everything from Rapport to Resumes, making sure they got the full range of valuable Life and Employability Skills.

Our Life Skills programs are where we started way back in 2006, teaching the disengaged motivation, goal setting and communication to help give back that spark that may have been lost somewhere along the way. Eleven years later and our programs are better than ever; real skills, fresh insights, genuine outcomes and support for those who need it.

NESA Webinar

Get up to date with Post Placement Support

Being a NESA Industry Partner means that we run amazing webinars with NESA every single month. This month is a perfect show-case of topics for Employment Consultants! On the 20th of June, our spectacular National Business Manager, Matt Luttrell, we be hosting 2 individual webinars, one after the other, that will focus on the best practices for Post Placement Support and Reverse Marketing. For more info or bookings CLICK HERE and take a look at the NESA calendar, you won’t want to miss these!

Chill out

The REAL way to unwind & chill!

Unfortunately, nothing is stress free and every now and then you need to take a chill pill and get level headed to be able to function at your very best. So, how do you do that? A glass of wine? A little holiday? Do these things actually work? The short answer … no. At least not for very long. How many times have you, or people around you, come back from a holiday and immediately said “wow! I need a holiday from my holiday”. CLICK HERE to read some really simple and effective ways of calming yourself and achieving true relaxation – they don’t cost a dime.

Joe Duffy

Trainer of the Month

Every month we showcase one of our amazing trainers. It’s our way of saying thank you and letting the world know how great these people are and this month is no exception. Joe Duffy is one of very few men amongst our trainers and we just couldn’t do without him. Flexible, fun and insightful, Joe takes his classes to the next level, so much so that he has even brought his wife into class to give skin care lessons! Joe pulls his inspiration from none other than Winston Churchill, and gave this beautiful recited quote “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts”. Thank you Joe for your constant dedication!

Tip of the Month

“Keep on top of your personal and professional development. Reading an article each night or scheduling a session to boost your skills will keep you ahead of the pack.”

– Maria Smith

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Facilitation at DOE

Facilitation at DOE

(Image Left to Right: Stephen Moore, Chief Information Officer Employment Systems; Maria Smith, Bounce CEO & Founder; Kerryn Kovacevic, Branch Manager, Online Services Development and Engagement Branch.)

On the 10th of May, with materials and luggage in hand, Maria and Kelly flew out to Canberra to facilitate two very important sessions with none other than the Department of Employment. Across two days, Bounce supported the overall Employment Systems Group and the Online Engagement and Learning Team (a sub-section of the Employment Systems Group) with strategic planning in their visions for the future.

“I had not expected the team to reach the conclusions they did. Very productive, great at drawing the team out and focusing on the joint goals.”
Ray Leggott, Director of Online Engagement and Learning

Needless to say, Maria and Kelly returned to Bounce HQ even more invigorated than before! If you’d like to look at strategic planning for your business or company, get in touch with Kelly Mason on 0419 326 694 or via kelly@bounceaustralia.com

McPhersons

Training that’s hot off the press

McPherson’s Printing Group is one of the largest printing companies in Australia, with big names like Pan MacMillan, Allen & Unwin, CCH and Harlequin among its many loyal clients. On the 12th of May Bounce was lucky enough to be invited to deliver a 2 part customer service workshop with their employees. Specially designed for the large company, the workshop delved into the 3 points of positive customer service and a multitude of experiential activities. To get your own tailor made workshop, contact Kelly Mason on 0419 326 694.

Blog

5 Tips all Managers need to know!

We’ve all been there… Either as an employee, manager or business owner; where we think we are doing everything well and we believe our methods are unquestionable. But what if this thinking could lead you down a rocky path? Our very own Matt Luttrell has used his expertise to give you 5 vital tips to make sure you stay in the game and ahead of your competitors. Click here to read Matt’s tips! Want more? Head to our contact page and let us know what topic you’d love to learn more about!

Michelle Guida

Trainer of the Month

With her warm and welcoming approach and her amazing ability to connect with people on any level, we want to recognise Michelle Guida as our honoured trainer of the month for May! With raving reviews from jobseekers and sites alike, we couldn’t ask for a more dedicated trainer! If you want proof of her kind and nurturing personality, Michelle owns an 11 year old, 5 foot, spotted children’s python. She’s had her since she was a hatchling and loves her “little” Sammy more than anything! Now that’s some serious love and care! Thank you Michelle for everything you do inside and outside of the Bounce world!

Tip of the Month

“Supporting others is important. It helps build confidence & satisfaction. But what’s even more important is supporting yourself. Be proud, you’re amazing!”

– Maria Smith

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Leadership in Tennant Creek

Leadership in Tennant Creek

Once again Maria is jet setting off around the country delivering RSAS leadership training to those in remote communities (don’t know about RSAS? Click here!). First stop was Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Maria has just spent 2 days in the town speaking with remote school attendance officers and running a workshop on leadership to help provide professional development to those who may not usually get the opportunity.

20 participants were in attendance and shared stories of how they found ways to engage with the kids and get them to school. Maria was also joined by two other trainers and together they delivered leadership strategies to help them continue to make a difference within the community.

Tennant Creek is only the beginning! Across April and May Maria will also be training in Perth (WA), Halls Creek (WA) and Katherine (NT) with many more training dates and locations to come. For more updates as they happen, head to our RSAS Project Page. We’ll be keeping you posted every step of the way!

Bounce Australia Website

We’ve had a facelift!

We’ve officially updated our website! Now more beautiful and informative than ever, the Bounce Australia website has been rebuilt to contain more information on everything that Bounce offers, so you can always keep up to date! There is new information on training, coaching, consulting and licensing, as well as current projects, helpful blogs and up to date statistics. The Tech/Marketing Team (Nettie) is pretty excited about this one so go check it out and let us know what you think! We’d love your feedback!

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Need some stress tactics?

It’s a fact of life that work can be stressful. We just can’t avoid it, but what we can do is make it a little easier on ourselves and the people around us. Bounce is now offering stress and resilience training packages tailored to suit your business. Increase health, wellbeing, attitude and productivity at a pace that suits you and your staff. No matter what your business or company, stress and resilience training is invaluable, so take the next step and get Professional Development that will put you ahead of the rest. Give Bounce a call today!

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Trainer of the Month

It takes a special something to be a Bounce Trainer and oh boy does our April trainer of the month have it in spades! Jacqui Tribe is not only smart, talented and kind hearted she is also in high demand! Right now she is in her 5th straight booking at the same job network site because they simply refuse to let go of this amazing woman! Jacqui enjoys a balanced diet of wholefoods and Ferrero Rocher, is a passionate Cats supporter and absolute dog lover. She’s in her element in the Training room and absolutely adores being a part of the Bounce team. According to reports from her job network site, she also makes a carrot cake to die for! Thank you Jacqui for putting your heart and soul into your work every day.

Tip of the Month

“Life is always busy. Remember that every now and then you need to take a break and switch off to get perspective on what is really important to you.”

– Maria Smith

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World stage beckons for Bounce following decade of skills delivery

World stage beckons for Bounce following decade of skills delivery

With humble beginnings in Maryborough, Victoria, Bounce started with one woman’s passion for helping people.

Maria Smith, Founder and CEO of Bounce Australia, started working with local Jobseekers in 2006, going door to door to the Job Network Agencies (now jobactive), offering her customised 8 week life skills program. 10 years on and Bounce has grown from a local passion to an international sensation of life skills training and employer education.

It was quickly realised that Bounce was a program not to be underestimated with engagement and employment statistics reaching new highs after jobseekers gained the real life and employability skills and tools that has made Bounce famous. Gradually the Bounce team grew larger and larger with new staff and trainers joining the ranks.

“For me it wasn’t just a job, I wanted to work for Bounce; I wanted to be a part of this amazing thing that was helping me and everyone around me. So Maria hired me and let me learn what it was to work and grow professionally. Bounce literally changed my entire life and I would not be where I am today without Bounce and Maria.”

Says Nettie, one of Bounce’s first participants and employees. Nettie still works full time for Bounce to this day.

As the Bounce team grew, courses expanded across Victoria with accredited life skills and non-accredited business development programs in different locations across Australia. In 2009, The Bounce Program was fully endorsed by mental health expert Dr. John Mendoza and in 2011, Maria released her first book “The Guide to Getting the Job You Want”. By now Maria was well on her way to expanding into the USA and in 2013, Maria was invited to the White House to consult with President Obama’s head of innovation to discuss Bounce addressing unemployment rates in America. By 2014, Bounce launched its international pilot program in Worcester, Massachusetts. Since then, Bounce continues to run programs across Australia and in the USA with plans to expand their reach.

“It’s an amazing milestone for Bounce. For me it’s always been about the “why”. Why do we do what we do? And the answer is – to inspire lives. If it doesn’t meet that simple rule, we just don’t do it. I believe everyone should have access to soft skills and employability skills. Now, more than ever, employers are calling out for this and Bounce has been that solution for 10 years and will continue to be that”

say’s business owner and Director, Maria Smith

On Wednesday the 15th of June, Bounce held a morning tea at their head office in Maryborough to celebrate the ten years working in the industry. With over 50 people in attendance the day was full of fun and lots of laughter. Attendees for the morning tea include Member for Ripon, Louise Staley; Andrew Gibbs, the Assistant Director for the Department of Social Services and Central Goldfields Shire Councillor, Paula Nixon.

So what’s next for Bounce? Kelly Mason, Bounce’s General Manager, had this to say

“Right now, there are a lot of things in the pipeline. We’re looking at some really big projects that have a local focus and we are taking steps to expand our work in remote communities and the delivery of corporate training across all sectors. The future of Bounce is looking bright and we’re excited to see what the next 10 years bring.”