Hands on Learning Artisan-Teacher

Job posted: 03/07/2024
Applications close: 16/07/2024 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 05/08/2024 - 03/08/2025

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1423581

Reference: 1423581

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1  Demonstrated capacity to perform duties consistent with established guidelines and frameworks, including coordinating and supporting others in respect to specific work functions relevant to the role.

SC2  Demonstrated capacity to work and collaborate with others in a team environment.

SC3  Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively in a team environment, including high level oral and written communication skills.

SC4  Possess the technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position.

SC5  Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management and other school staff in respect to the work area.

SC6  A commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and others.


Hands on Learning is an innovative school-based wellbeing program that uses a variety of practical projects to engage students in their education and with their school and community. The program increases attendance and student achievement by building personal and social skills, fostering social and emotional learning and supporting the different ways young people learn.

Working with ten students per day, artisan-teachers support students to complete significant, yet basic, building, landscaping, public art, food preparation and team building activities. Established in Frankston, Victoria in 1999, HoL is currently operating in over 130 primary and secondary schools in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and Tasmania.

HoL supports student across Years 5-10, and has been shown to significantly increase confidence, attendance, and retention of students.  Participating students spend a day each week as part of a HoL team where they participate in real and meaningful creative projects that benefit the school and local community. 

The program is long term and delivered in a cross-age supportive environment where role modeling, positive feedback and mentoring are found to be highly effective.  As an in-school program, students remain connected with their academic-based curriculum the remaining four days of the week.

Schools running HoL are supported by Save the Children¿s School Support team, who provide training and ongoing support to HoL artisan-teachers. The HoL artisan-teacher must have strong interpersonal skills to foster belonging and connectedness and a learning environment that considers the individual needs of students. 

The HoL artisan-teacher role also requires competency using Microsoft Excel for maintaining records and to be able to work effectively as part of a team to support the management of student behaviour. This role requires the artisan-teachers to liaise with school support services such as the wellbeing team to support students to build social skills and positive behaviours.


·         Be a role model for safety and security, including complying with all safety instructions and training given at the school

·         Act in a safe manner at all times, including complying with all safety instructions and training given at the school

·         Participate in, and contribute to, health and safety awareness and improvements

·         Report all incidents, injuries and potential hazards in a timely manner

·         Be aware of, and consider, the risks associated with your teams everyday work and ensure appropriate mitigation measures are applied



·       Supporting young people through the development of strong relationships that keep students connected to school and promote positive student behaviours.

·       Developing and delivering real and meaningful HoL practical projects.

·       Maintaining appropriate records and collecting evidence to document student progress.

·       Implementing the key elements of the HoL methodology to ensure the consistent delivery of a quality program.

·       Building business and community connections to foster local community project opportunities.





Personal and professional development

·       Attend HoL regional professional development meetings run by the School Support team.

·       Participate in performance reviews as outlined by the school.

Professional service delivery

·       Act in a professional manner always when dealing with internal and external services/groups.

·       Maintain appropriate confidentiality ¿ both organisationally and regarding students.

·       Provide supervision to students maintaining safety and duty of care.

·       Communicate in respectful and polite manner.

·       Follow through with key tasks.

·       Comply with the school and Department of Education policies and procedures.

·       Participate in OH+S safe work practice to ensure a safe work environment.

Administration and documentation

·       Ensure that all documentation is accurate and completed in a professional and timely manner.

·       Complete HoL reports for students as required by the school.

·       Complete documentation connected to school procedures.

·       Maintain accurate data and records on students.

·       Attend required school meetings.

Technical skills and application

·       Technical skills and knowledge of applied learning principles relevant to HoL delivery.

·       High-level interpersonal skills to actively mentor and support disengaged students. Model respectful teacher/student relationships.

·       Professional communication with key school staff on student progress.

·       Demonstrate technical creative/building skills to students.

·       Implementation and communication of Focus Plans within the program and the wider school community.

·       Working with key school staff to conduct the student referral/intake process.

Team work and Communication

·       Open and timely communication to provide detailed information to the HoL School Support Team and the wider school community.

·       Open communication as part of teamwork and collaborative work practices.

·       Lead the HoL team of students in successful completion of tasks.

Continuous Improvement

·       Attend any professional development opportunities/requirements provided by the School and/or the HoL School Support Team. This includes: OH+S training, program methodology, effectively supporting students and child safe guarding.

Who May Apply



·         Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication skills.

·         Demonstrated experience working effectively in a team environment.

·         Demonstrated capacity to deal with difficult behaviours and respond to the individual needs of students.

·         Demonstrated commitment to the HoL philosophy and fundamental elements of the methodology.

·         Demonstrated capacity to plan and deliver creative and/or construction-based projects.

·         Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed records.


·         Experience and/or qualifications relevant to working with school students in a school setting and/or

·         A sub-major study in a trade specialist area; or

·         Industry or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications equivalent to Certificate IV or higher in the specialist area; or

·         Certificate of proficiency in a relevant trade area; or

·         Completion of an accredited `Course in safe use of Machinery for Technology Teaching¿ (woodwork and metal work).


EEO AND OHS Commitment

Applicants seeking part-time employment are encouraged to apply for any teaching service position and, if they are the successful candidate, request a reduced time fraction. Such requests will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to the operational requirements of the school.

The Department of Education is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms - gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces. It is our policy to provide reasonable adjustments for persons with a disability (see Workplace adjustment guidelines).

Additional support and advice on the recruitment process is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders from the Koorie Outcomes Division (KOD) via marrung@education.vic.gov.au

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the department's exemplar available at:


DE Values

The department's employees commit to upholding the department's Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. The department's Values complement each school's own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the department values is available at:


Other Information


·         Maintain a child safe environment at the school and safeguard children¿s rights, acting in the best interests of children at all times

·         Comply with the school¿s Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct and child safeguarding and protection policies and standards

·         Demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards students

·         Never abuse the position of trust that comes with being a part of the school

·         Maintain a safe and positive relationship at all times when working with students 

·         Respond to any concerns for the safety or wellbeing of a student in the HoL program in accordance with school reporting processes


·         Any offer of employment at Mount Eliza Secondary College will be subject to a satisfactory Working with Children Check

·         Ongoing performance and employment will be measured against KPIs, values and demonstrated behaviours outlined above


The HoL artisan-teacher is employed by the school to deliver the HoL program and is subject to their employee¿s conditions and work experiences. The School Principal will nominate a supervisor/line manager to whom the HoL artisan-teacher is directly accountable, with the day to day running of HoL.

HoL artisan-teachers are expected to maintain contact with Save the Children¿s HoL School Support team, and actively participate in activities organised by the HoL School Support team, as part of the ongoing partnership between the school and Save the Children.  The HoL School Support team offers advice, professional development, and other support to HoL artisan-teachers, along with regular progress reports to school leadership to maintain clear and transparent quality assurance accountability to HoL schools.

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Location Profile

At Mount Eliza Secondary College (MESC) a collaborative and personalised approach supports students and staff as active learners. We work to empower students to be their best by questioning their experiences, expressing themselves with confidence and participating in local, national, and global communities. We are committed to safety and wellbeing for all young people, and this is the primary focus of our care and decision making. Our college values, `Educated for excellence - Prepared for life¿ underpin all we do. The College is an accredited International Baccalaureate school and runs the Middle Years Program in Year levels 7-9. There is a wide array of VCE subjects to choose from, electives in Year 10, VCE, some Distance Education options, VCAL and the new VCE Vocational Major. Located in the Shire of Mornington, Mount Eliza Secondary is a medium sized secondary college that provides for students from over 15 feeder primary schools, including a large number from the local Central Peninsula Network (CPN) The current school enrolment is 751 students enabling a guaranteed and viable curriculum, notwithstanding a rich array of extra-curricular programs and activities, including in the areas of Music, Performing Arts and Sport.

The College has long been known for its caring and dedicated approach to its students, the calibre of young people who attend, and the support of its parent community. These factors remain as strengths of the College as does our desire for continuous improvement, and a commitment to remain as one of the highest performing government colleges in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas.

The major focus for our work in recent years, and into the next Strategic Plan is around:

1.  Maximise the achievement and learning growth of all students:

·   Design and embed a curriculum and pedagogical approaches that explicitly develop Literacy and Numeracy skills, and that promote deep inquiry and authentic application of learning across all areas.

·   Build all teachers¿ capability in using data to monitor students¿ learning growth, to address their points of learning, and to offer differentiated learning challenge.

2.  Maximise the wellbeing and engagement of all students.

·   Enhance students¿ agency through opportunities for real-world learning, improved feedback practices, and increased choice in their learning.

·   Embed a whole-school approach, with tiered and responsive practices, that supports all students¿ wellbeing and engagement in school.

We continue to address an approach as a whole college to focus on accountability and consistency, and a genuine belief in meeting the needs of our students. Managing increasing enrolments continues to be a priority that we are happy to have. To manage and promote calm and a restorative learning environment growth in student numbers, we have employed additional staff to support the wellbeing and behaviour of our young people. This has included the recruitment of an Assistant Principal, increased Coordinator time and increased Mental health Practitioner time. We have also become partners with Adam Voigt¿s REAL SCHOOLS. Real Schools - About Real Schools

At Mount Eliza Secondary College, we believe that we have an obligation to our students. This informs our work on an ongoing basis and makes us confident that we can provide a learning environment of the highest quality. Mount Eliza SC strives to compete favorably with local private and government providers have therefore become, the school of choice in the local community. We believe we have high potential students and commit to ensuring that value adding is a reality for every student in the college. We also believe that education should be truly contemporary and are prepared to make the changes necessary to ensure this is a reality, and that students leave the college well equipped in terms of the General Capabilities, IB Learner Profiles, and their experiences in working in their community.

Hands on Learning Artisan-Teacher

Job type:

Part time / From 05/08/2024 - 03/08/2025

Job classification:

Ed Support Level 1-Range 2


Heather Hiam | 9787 6288

Hands on Learning Artisan-Teacher