The following customers have made these comments in their own words.
Starting a new career at 60 years of age was a bit daunting, but the training I was given at Auctus was very well done. It was no fuss, easy to follow, and completion was easy. My trainer, Silky, is excellent and always had real examples to share as she is still working in the Aged Care/Disability sector.
Daryl, Certificate III Individual Support (Aged Care and Disability)
I first heard about Auctus through an email and subsequent workshop held in collaboration with Disability Workforce Hub SA. Auctus’s team Vicky and Sam Donato outlined the programs they had for participants who wanted to start their own business. The primarily focusing was on growing new NDIS providers in regional locations; the NDIS had just been rolled out in February of 2018 in SA. I applied and was accepted into the initial course for Starting your Own Business. With training from Con Dalas I was able to put together a business plan that covered the important aspects of starting my own business from getting an Australian Business Number to discussing logistics and budgets. This business plan was then submitted to the NEIS program for approval; within a month I was accepted into NEIS. Vicky Donato worked tirelessly on making sure I could transition from the first course to NEIS, always updating me on the next step and always so supportive and encouraging.
I was on Newstart and transitioned over to NEIS in September 2018. The NEIS program was a relief! I didn’t have to report to job providers, other than my NEIS mentor Warren Silverston whom I saw every three months. After each mentor session Warren compiled a report and added goals and contact details for networking. I could ring Warren or any of the Auctus team if I was struggling or needed support. Typically I spent an hour with Warren discussing my business, how to grow my business, and how to stay on task with the direction of the business. Using the business plan we had created at the first course I did with Auctus; this document was a way of keeping my eye on the progress of my business and helped me to be realistic about the growth of my business.
I had a dream of opening my own Art Therapy Studio in Port Lincoln for people with and without disabilities. After gaining access to NEIS, I rented a commercial space that was perfect for providing art therapy to the public. Word got around about my business through social media and one of my connections who attended the initial Auctus presentation was later able to refer clients to me through her organization. I now have connections with a couple of the federal and local government organizations who manage NDIS client plans and help connect participants with providers. These connections have brought clients into my business that are on NDIS plans. I also have private clients through word of mouth and through advertising my business through social media.
NEIS gave me the financial breathing space and Auctus the professional support to take the leap of faith with starting my own business. It also helped to create a new, unique health related business in Port Lincoln. I cannot recommend Auctus nor the NEIS Program enough. The Auctus team is professional, respectful of their clients and each other, and is super knowledgeable in business, NEIS and Micro Business in general. They worked tirelessly to get me to where I felt I needed to be. One year on I have established my art therapy studio which is growing week by week. I couldn’t have done it without the Acutus team; being on the NEIS program gave me the headspace to concentrate on the business and how to grow it.
Thank you Acutus and NEIS!!!
Colleen, NEIS participant
Greetings from Grenfell, NSW!
It feels like a lifetime ago that I was studying with Auctus Training. So much has happened so far including me moving states, gaining employment with Australian Unity as an Aged/Disability in home Care Worker and now as of yesterday starting work as an AIN with Grenfell Hospital.
I just wanted to touch base with you both and also thank you for all of your support last year. Gaining my Individual Support Cert III in Aged & Disability is one of the best things I have ever done. I would like for all of your students to know that they can make something of this just like I have. And now I am happily starting my Assistant in Nursing journey and I am thrilled.
I would love for you to share my success story (I think) on my nursing journey that started with the both of you with Auctus Training.
I hope you are both well and happy!
Lots of thanks,
Jocelyn, Cert III in Individual Support (Aged & Disability)
I did my Certificate IV TAE with Auctus originally which was delivered by Sam. I then used Auctus to do my upgrade module TAEASS502 "Design and Developing Assessment Tools" which was delivered by Joanne.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank both Sam and Joanne for not only the flexibility of fitting me into classes at short notice but also the correspondence outside of business hours.
To say above and beyond normal duty does not come close.
Highly Recommended and truly grateful.
Wayne, TAEASS502 Design and Developing Assessment Tools
After considering a selection of RTOs to attain my 'Certificate IV in Training and Assessment', I was extremely happy that I selected Auctus with Sam Donato as the training facilitator. Sam's facilitating style was exceptional, as he was able to identify the appropriate learning style of each course participant and apply accordingly. Sam was awesome, combining a mix of theory and practical aspects, which we could relate to in our respective workplaces.
The course has armed me with invaluable knowledge and tools that I will utilise when delivering training and coaching courses within ANZ. Thank you Sam, I will have no hesitation in recommending Auctus to colleagues and friends.
Pompea, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Adelaide
Here is my feedback regarding the AUCTUS program! :)
I think the program was really beneficial to prepare me in getting into the work force. I learned a lot of skills and it has allowed me to focus on being self aware in a professional manner. The training was engaging and interesting, and the trainer, Sam, had a way of making me feel very comfortable to participate in discussions. The program has made starting my traineeship easier as I have completed some units in a much shorter amount of time, and I can refer to the things I have been taught when a problem or conflict arises.
Caitlin, WorkReady program- BSB30115 Certificate III Business
I was retrenched from the mines and referred to Auctus training by a good friend who I met Sam Donato, Rosemary and Galina who have been fantastic . I am currently studying cert 4 in training and assessment and currently about to enrol work health and safety cert 4.
I have found the crew at Auctus excellent and very helpful the definitely make it a painless process if you need to up skill Sam, Rosemary and Galina are the people I would thoroughly recommend to make difference.
Richard, TAE40110 Certificate IV in TAE and BSB41415 Certificate IV in WHS
As usual a brilliant course – I learnt so many things that are relevant to my role as a service manager and I have used these learning to do my job better. Thank you so much!!
Danielle, BSB51107 Diploma of Management
Thanks a lot for sharing your insights about my career progression. Appreciate all your support.
You are one of the best Trainers I have come across, which has made me set high standards for myself. I am glad I choose to invest & train with Auctus. :)
Cynthia, TAE40110 Certificate IV in TAE
It was great working with Auctus. You have been very accommodating and the training was not just enjoyable and doable but also very relevant. I actually used some of the principles with my students. So this was more than just a required qualification. It was learning I was able to use immediately. I'm glad I didn't opt for RPL...... thanks! I'll be recommending Auctus. :)
“Believe that you can do, plan for every week, use opportunities, do your best, be like a flower with different color in a garden, don’t be shy…ask questions, knock at any door…someone will open it, believe in yourself and see your dreams like they are real today, smile every day morning to your beautiful life and new opportunity to deal with…Today is the best to do my best, share your happiness and knowledge with others… then it will be double.”
I believe that even one sentence is enough for someone who is ready to fly….
Sam….you really helped me in this way although that was just an hour but I heard what you were going to tell me.
It was such an honour to be asked by Sam to write of my experience regarding the Certificate IV in 'Front Line Management'.
I have a slight dyslexic problem which makes it hard for me to put things on paper and put it all together. I remember contacting Sam and telling him everything was a muddle with the papers that I had to finish – I didn't know where to start.
Immediately, Sam set a time to meet with me at my office. I was embarrassed because of the mess, but this left as Sam sorted it and wrote down what I was to do in order. He also said that he would help me further if I needed it. This for me was so incredible and very encouraging, and my confidence grew.
To all those out there who struggle but would like to learn more and move forward, don't let anything stop you! This Certificate IV is fantastic - you will learn heaps and never feel like you are alone. The support along the way is always there. Your confidence will grow, and the ability to apply it to your work and life is very practical.
If you're anything like me, when you graduate you will feel a great sense of achievement knowing that (a) you passed and (b) this will help you in your life skills and work place, or enable you to get employment.
Thanks, Sam, for being a master teacher and a man of compassion.
Sandy, BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management
I was recommended to Sam from Auctus Consulting by a Safety officer who had completed a OHW&S course with Sam.
The courses I have completed under Sam’s tuition are Certificate 4 T&A (Training & Assessment), Certificate 4 OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety), LLN (Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills).
Sam was well up with industry requirements and direction, the format he used in his presentations was up to date and varied in delivery practice. Sam would be keen for group involvement and was not phased if the group deviated from his original pathway of delivery, he used these deviations to his advantage in answering the groups questions and bringing the delivery back on path – this showed the group that Sam was adjustable and not rigid not like some assessors I have had to study under.
After completion of the two Certificate 4 courses and some months later I was excepted for a phone interview for a TAFE Lecturers position, I contacted Sam and explained I had a phone interview coming up within days and wondered if he would be available to sit down and do a short refresher on questions I had in regards to T&A, to which Sam replied he would be happy to do.
I was successful at the interview I will now be starting a new career moving into Training and Assessment.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Sam as an Trainer / Assessor, if it hadn’t been for his understanding, help, persistence, guidance and follow ups I would not be looking at this new career path.
Jeff, TAE40110 Certificate IV in TAE and BSB41415 Certificate IV in WHS
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