Assisting Student Learning - Industrial Arts

$29.86 - $31.13 hourly
  • Townsville Catholic Education Office
  • St Teresa's College, Abergowrie, Abergowrie QLD, Australia
  • 27 Aug, 2021
Part time - Permanent Teaching Aides & Special Needs

Job Description

Position: Assisting Student Learning - Industrial Arts
Commencing Date: 
As soon as possible
Term Time, Permanent

Hours: 25 hours a week across 5 days
Salary Range: $29.86 - $31.13 per hour pending experience

Closing Date: Sunday, 09 September 2021 unless filled prior

St Teresa's College, Abergowrie is a Catholic secondary boy's boarding college.  Located in an ideal rural setting in the heart of the Herbert River Valley, the college is approximately 30 km north west of Ingham and situated on Warrgamay land.  The main industries are sugarcane, forestry, and cattle.  Abergowrie is close to Wallaman Falls which is the highest single drop waterfall in Australia and the beautiful Broadwater National Park. 

Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos.  We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff are recognised as being central to achieving our mission.  

About the role

St Teresa's College, Abergowrie is seeking an experienced ASL - Industrial Arts. This role is a Term Time position, completing 25 hours a week, in a Permanent capacity commencing as soon as possible. 

The primary purpose of the ASL – Industrial Arts is to contribute to the provision of a quality educational service by providing efficient and high quality support to teachers with the preparation and/or enhancement of learning materials for the efficient running of the Industrial Arts Department at St Teresa's College. The ASL – Industrial Arts is assigned to work in collaboration with teachers to provide support and guidance to assist students with learning and development. The ASL – Industrial Arts ensures that all duties are completed to an acceptable standard as determined by the Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching.  The incumbent will be required to attend a meeting each morning to discuss the work schedule and priorities for the day.

Key Accountabilities

Workshop and Equipment Maintenance

  • Maintain workshop equipment including vices, belts, blades, bearings, welders, metal and wood lathes, milling machines, compressor and other mechanical components ensuring a commitment to Workplace Health and Safety practices
  • Conduct routine maintenance and safety testing in accordance with maintenance schedules, and record appropriately
  • Assist teachers and students to maintain a safe and clean workshop environment by fostering a commitment to safe work practices
  • Actively participate in developing and maintaining a culture of workshop safety eg. safety signage and tags

Materials and Consumables

  • Act within established procurement procedures, including safe storage and manual handling procedures
  • Maintain adequate stores of pre-cut materials and supplies to ensure minimal disruption to classroom activities
  • Assist to engage tradespeople to conduct repairs and routine maintenance of equipment

Assist the student’s learning and participation in the college

  • Assist teachers in preparing, implementing and supervising learning programs
  • Follow reasonable Classroom Teacher’s expectations of the students in the class and work with the teacher by actively participating in activities, intervening and encouraging students where appropriate
  • Assist individuals or small groups, with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices, supporting the teacher with behaviour management and the development of social skills and classroom skills development
  • Assist students with their personal organisation when required
  • Respond to all students in the classroom in a warm and encouraging manner and build collaborative relationships with the students and respond to individual learning needs
  • Set up and Preparation of teaching materials within the Industrial Arts department
  • Participate in meetings, both internal and external as required

Learning and Teaching

  • Provide support to teachers in the Industrial Technology Department
  • Assist the teaching team with classroom resources
  • Work in partnership with teachers to support student learning which may include:
    • General support to a group of students while the teacher is engaged in focussed teaching
    • Provision of personalised support e.g. mobility or communication support, where required
    • Assisting students to complete tasks designed by the teacher
    • Preparation of support materials and resources
  • Support students with identified learning barriers, to engage in a range of learning activities
  • Collect anecdotal notes on performance of tasks, work habits, behaviour etc., and provide data to teacher to analyse

Inclusive Education

  • Assist individuals or small groups with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices
  • Provide support to the Classroom Teacher with behaviour management and development of social and classroom skills of students
  • Assist students with their personal organisation when required

Small Group and Personalised Support

  • Communicate with teachers about student progress and areas of need
  • Inform the Assistant Principal – Pastoral of any welfare issues that may arise with students
  • Develop professional relationships with students based on trust and respect, which utilises a strengths based approach
  • Provide general formative feedback to student on performance during the teaching session
  • Role model behaviour in line with the College’s mission
  • Work in partnership with teachers to implement aspects of learning plans, as identified by the teacher, for groups of students including:
    • Work with the student, under the direction of a teacher, to support the implementation of particular learning goals as identified in the Student’s Learning Plan

Pastoral Care

  • Proactively monitor and support student wellbeing issues under the guidance of the pastoral care team
  • Work to promote self-esteem and assist with student social interactions by teaching them social skills and discussing with them their social behaviours as required
  • Provide assistance with personal care as required which may also include mobility and personal hygiene
  • Provide assistance with communication – including notetaking, recording material and using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to optimise the student’s learning experiences

Professional Development

  • Support collegiate learning by sharing learnings with colleagues
  • Proactively seek opportunities to extend own professional learning via internal and external training.

About You


  • Ability to organise and prioritise a range of tasks and set priorities to meet deadlines in a busy environment
  • Experience in metal trades with welding and machinery knowledge and skills
  • Ability to work independently


  • Understanding and ability to develop links between the college community
  • Good oral communication skills, especially in relation to staff, students and community
  • Good written, verbal, visual and non-verbal communication skills to ensure positive engagement with staff, parents and visitors
  • Sound computer literacy capacity to work in partnership with classroom teachers


  • Enthusiastic, energetic, flexible with a proactive attitude
  • Confident, well-presented and engaging with a personal warmth that engenders mutual respect with staff, parents and visitors
  • Flexible and responsive to the needs of the college community and driven to achieve the best outcomes for students.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card - The successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the No Card, No Start policy developed by Queensland Government.
  • Qualification at certificate level or equivalent knowledge and experience relevant to the position
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Ability to travel from time to time within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner

Desirable Criteria

  • A background working with timber or an ability to transfer skills
  • Current First Aid Certificate or willingness to complete.

Some employees may be subject to pre-employment medical assessments during the selection process. Depending on the nature of the position, it may be necessary for successful applicants to be immunised against certain preventable diseases in order to minimise the risk of transmission.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary range: $29.86 - $31.13 per hour pending experience
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging options 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Corporate health insurance 
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Wellbeing programs and initiatives

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Upload a cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experience to support the key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description
  • Upload a current resume including contact details (phone and email of two professional referees

Please see the Position Description for more information. 

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential. 

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 09 September 2021 unless filled prior.

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Job Closing Date

19 Sep, 2021