Tutoring and skill sharing
Please see our Opportunities page for current VET trainer vacancies, as well as opportunities in our community (non-accredited) program. See our Volunteering page if you are seeking a volunteer position.
Who can be a tutor?
We are always interested in hearing from experienced and talented people who would like to bring their expertise to Living & Learning Nillumbik. Our fantastic teachers are the key to our dynamic community courses and activities - they bring skill, experience, and a passion to teach.
You can be a Living & Learning Nillumbik tutor if you:
- are interested in people
- are good at communication
- have knowledge, expertise or skills in a particular area
- enjoy sharing and helping others to learn
- want to contribute to your community.
Keep an eye on our Opportunities page for specific tutors we may be seeking.
The vast majority of our tutors are volunteers. Volunteers have been the cornerstone on which our centres have been built. Voluntary sharing of skills as tutors remains a vital aspect of our community strengthening role. We continue to marvel at the generosity, wisdom and talents of people who volunteer their time to teach.
Volunteer tutors’ rewards and recognition include:
- credits for the equivalent number of hours of tutoring, which may be used to access other volunteer tutored courses (conditions apply)
- opportunities for free training provided through Living & Learning Nillumbik
- opportunities for networking
- recognition as Living & Learning Nillumbik volunteers
- recognition as Nillumbik Shire Council volunteers.
Volunteer tutors are required to complete a Volunteer Engagement Agreement.
If you wish to be engaged as a paid tutor you will be required to provide a higher level of detail in your course plans, greater evidence of your knowledge or expertise in your subject area and experience as a tutor.
Paid tutors are engaged as contractors and are required to invoice Living & Learning Nillumbik. Businesses will need to provide a certificate of currency for Public Liability.
What if I have never tutored before?
If you are new to tutoring we are happy to support you to get started. You will be able to work in partnership with the Program Coordinator to develop your course and skills.
Starting your tutoring career at the grass roots level of a Living & Learning Centre is a great way to get experience and to hone your ideas and skills.
What do we expect from tutors?
At Living & Learning Nillumbik we require that tutors:
- establish a friendly, safe and respectful learning environment
- treat participants with respect and care
- value and use an interactive approach which shares the responsibility for learning with participants and encourages enquiry
- prepare and plan a course or activity
- provide appropriate feedback to participants about their learning
- conduct themselves according to Living & Learning Nillumbik values
- abide by the Living & Learning Nillumbik code of conduct
- comply with relevant legislation and all centre policies.
How to propose a course
To submit your idea for a course, we will need a brief written proposal. You may simply use the following as a guide or you can use the form below.
As simply as possible, describe your idea or proposed course:
- What knowledge or skills will be taught or practiced in this course?
- Who is the course for?
- What will participants end up with: a skill or a finished product, or both?
- What other benefits do you envisage for participants?
Don’t worry if your ideas are not yet complete; just give us an idea of the type of course you are envisaging. We are happy to work with you to develop your ideas further if they suit our Program.
Also include the following information:
- Whether you are offering to volunteer or looking for paid work
- Your contact details, particularly an email address if you have one.
- Which centre/s you are offering to teach at and a relevant and up to date CV. We may also require a reference.
What happens next?
Receipt of your proposal will be acknowledged and then considered by the Program Coordinators.
If we wish to pursue your proposal further, we will then need to meet with you to discuss your ideas in more detail.
At this meeting we will need to know such things as:
- Do participants need to have any special knowledge or skills to do this course?
- Is the course for complete beginners, for those with prior knowledge (specify a level if you can) or can it be a combination of beginners and those who have some prior knowledge?
- Do you envisage this course being an ongoing course or a one-off course?
- What equipment do you require to teach the course e.g. a whiteboard, tables, digital projector, etc
- What equipment or materials would participants be required to supply? How much would this cost for them to supply?
- What equipment or materials will you be supplying or purchasing for participants (for which you will be reimbursed)? What would be the cost per participant?
- Do you have preferred dates, days or times for your course to be scheduled?
- What is the maximum number of people that could do this course? (The Program Coordinator will set the minimum number of participants.)
- Is there a particular room or venue that you require or prefer for this course?
Not all ideas or proposals will be taken up. Reasons for this include:
- program balance
- the proposal doesn’t fit with our values