Skills for  Work, Study and Personal Skills

Whether you are out of work, wish to return to work, start your own business, wish to commence or return to study, or are simply looking for a change of direction, we’ve got something to inspire you. These courses have small class numbers to ensure individual attention from the tutor.

Some learners may be eligible for an ACFE subsidy. Enquire at Span for more details.


Introduction to Cooking and Hospitality

Tutor Catherine Donnelly

Learn cooking skills in this hands on and demonstration class. Using fresh seasonal ingredients and garden produce, learn planning, preparation, safety and presentation skills. NDIS eligible, contact the Program Coordinator.

Tuesdays 10.00am-12.30pm
Term 1 2 February – 30 March
Fees Full $349 Concession $318 ACFE $74
Term 2 20 April – 22 June
Fees Full $388 Concession $353 ACFE $74


Microbusiness Skills  –  Sewing

Where East Preston Community House

Beginners Sewing: wardrobe pieces. In this course you will develop skills in sewing. Students will learn to thread a sewing machine, plan sewing projects, cut and sew basic projects. Students will work on Sonya Philips’ 100 Acts of Sewing patterns.  Students will complete a number of small wardrobe and project items as they learn the skills of sewing. Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine or use one of the Centre’s machines. No previous sewing experience is necessary! Materials supplied. Please contact 8470 8107 to register your interest.

Thursdays 1.00pm-3.00pm
Term 1 11 February – 1 April
Fees Full $252 Concession $229 ACFE $74
Term 2 22 April – 24 June
Fees Full $393 Concession $358 ACFE $77


Introduction to Horticulture/Gardening

Students will learn planning, developing and implementing processes of a working garden. This course will build skills in horticulture for use in further study and the workplace.  Contact Span to register your interest.

Term 3 & 4  TBC


On line skills for employment – Computer skills

Learn and develop on-line skills for work, further study or personal use.

Dates and times
Commncing week beginning 19 April
Please contact Span to express your interest.

Fees  Full $324 Concession $295 ACFE $79


Thornbury Writers Workshop

Tutor Tania Chandler

This group meet to share their writing experiences, give each other feedback, try writing exercises and read work from published authors for tips and inspiration. Guided by a qualified and published author. Members come from all walks of life and all levels of experience.

Wednesday 9.30am–12.00pm
Term 1  3 Febraury – 31 March
Fees Full $267 Concession $243 ACFE  $84
Term 2 21 April – 23 June
Fees Full $297 Concession $270 ACFE  $87


Creative Writing

Tutor Tania Chandler

Develop your writing skills and build confidence with our fun and informative course. The focus is on novel writing, but the skills and techniques learnt can be applied to other styles of writing, such as short stories and personal narratives. Suitable for beginner to intermediate writers who are happy to give and receive feedback on their work in a relaxed and encouraging environment. Tania is a writer, editor and tutor published in Australia and internationally.

Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am
Term 1 2 February – 30 March
Fees Full $267 Concession $243 ACFE $84
Term 2 20 April – 22 June
Fees Full $297 Concession $273 ACFE $87


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