OCTEC is a successful community business based in Central West NSW and a leader in the important work of empowering disadvantaged members of our communities through education, training and employment services. We also support businesses, large and small, by supplying great staff and getting them trained. Our history: OCTEC started as a two person youth service in Orange (Central West NSW) back in 1976 and has grown to be an award-winning service provider operating across large parts of NSW. Our services: Our services are wide ranging. We deliver vocational education and training in aged care, business, civil construction, disability services, health and safety services, hospitality and waste management. We help people with disability to find and maintain employment. We provide businesses with temp staff through our labour hire service. We support youth at risk of disengaging from the education system to stay engaged and get a qualification. And we run Huntley Berry Farm, an Australian Disability Enterprise and tourist attraction just outside Orange. Our success: There is no particular secret to our success. It’s based on a simple philosophy of local people providing high quality services in their local communities, and doing what they say they will do.
Working across NSW to provide individuals with training and employment opportunities, assist industry recruit and develop skilled workforces, and contribute to communities becoming more sustainable.
To develop and manage projects that assist people to acquire and improve their ability to seek, obtain and retain employment. To research, initiate and develop programs that provide support services for local people, in particular young or otherwise disadvantaged people. To seek support in the community to assist people to develop their capacity for obtaining and retaining employment and to become more self-reliant and better skilled during periods of unemployment. To research, initiate and develop programs that provide industry training and employment opportunities. To provide services and programs which address and relieve poverty, sickness, distress, misfortune, destitution or helplessness.
OCTEC provides its programs and services to all members of the community and in particular, to members of the community who traditionally face barriers to accessing employment, education and training services. OCTEC’s target client groups include school leavers, youth at risk of not making a successful transition from school to work, women, sole parents, Indigenous Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, mature age workers and job seekers, people with learning difficulties including people lacking in literacy, numeracy or social skills, people living in rural and remote locations, people displaced from traditional areas of employment, people seeking retraining for a new career, people unable to progress from insecure employment arrangements, particularly casual and temporary employment, and the long-term unemployed. We estimate that more than 80% of individual clients who access our services fall into one or more of these categories.
OCTEC Limited Phillips Centre is a state-of-the-art Training Studio in the grounds of its already popular and picturesque training facility at Croagh Patrick College, in Park Street, Orange, New South Wales.
Features of the new studio includes:
A semi-enclosed Study Court and other 'smart house' architectural features to maximise favourable weather conditions and reduce lighting and heating/cooling costs
Wall mounted computer workstations to maximise floor space for manual training exercises
High speed internet access to allow lessons to be shared country- or world-wide
Camera coverage and computerised recording and mastering facilities for the creation, editing and sharing of training programs
Storage room for different training materials, e.g. Beds for Aged Care, resuscitators for First Aid, etc.
Accommodation, bathroom and kitchen facilities for travelling students and lecturers
Fully Disabled Access compatible.
Download our Phillips Centre information booklet from one of the links below:
12 September 2014 Huntley Berry Jams Take Royal Fine Food Show Medals
Huntley Berry Farm products have won a Silver and two Bronze Medals in the September Regional Food Competition at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. The Farm’s Rum and Raspberry Jam was awarded a Silver Medal and our Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper Jam a Bronze in the Sweet Jam Section, while our Double Red Relish won a Bronze in the Chutney and Relish Section. (Read full article - pdf)
23 May 2014 Five Stars Employment Service from OCTEC
Following commencement of operations in March last year, OCTEC Employment Service in the Macarthur, Manning, Nepean and New England areas have been rated five out of five in the first public release of star ratings for Employment Support Services within the Disability Employment Services program. Read full article - pdf
13 March 2014 OCTEC Signs Up as Supporter of Anti-racism Campaign
OCTEC Limited is proud to have joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGOs to support the Australian Human Rights Commission campaign, “Racism. It stops with me”. (Read full article - pdf)
4th November 2013: Huntley Berry Farm Wins at Orange Business Awards
The front page of the Central Western Daily (CWD) on Monday November 4th featured a story on the winners of the CGU Banjo Business Awards announced at a gala dinner on Saturday November 2nd. OCTEC’s Huntley Berry Farm (HBF) picked up the Excellence in Community Services Award with Dave Walker, HBF Manager, appearing in a photo on the CWD front page receiving the award. Congratulations to Dave and the whole team at HBF on a very deserving win. As Dave is quoted in the CWD story “... he could not wait to get to work today to show the award to employees ... they will be absolutely thrilled with this award.” Huntley Berry Farm is a Australian Disability Enterprise that manufactures and sells a wide range of gourmet jams, preserves and premium fruit syrups, made on-site from berries grown on the farm. HBF’s products are available from the farm’s cafe, from its online shop and from selected local retailers in and around Orange.
27th May 2013: Radio Interview: Demand Led Strategies
On Monday May 27th 2013, OCTEC Deputy CEO, Stephen Nugent, was interviewed on Radio National’s Life Matters program by Natasha Mitchell. The segment was about the long-term unemployment rate, skills shortages and the effectiveness of training programs in addressing these issues. In particular, it focused on demand-led models of training and employment assistance. Stephen spoke about OCTEC’s award-winning workforce development model for training in the aged care industry as an example of the excellent results that can be achieved when employers are involved from day one of a training program. Stephen was interviewed with Toni Wren, http://toniwren.com/, a Sydney-based employment and social policy consultant with extensive experience researching demand-led models both in Australia and overseas. Listen to audio
5th April 2013 : OCTEC Youth Connections Celebrates Youth Week
OCTEC’s Youth Connections service is actively involved in seven events across Central West NSW over the next week to celebrate our young people as part of National Youth Week. Read more (PDF)
8th March 2013: OCTEC Enters New Era of Service Provision
This week marks a significant expansion in OCTEC’s employment services provision, with 19 new sites being opened across regional NSW and in western and south west Sydney. The expansion results from OCTEC’s success in the tender for Disability Employment Services run by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations last year Read more (PDF)
19th December 2012 : OCTEC Presents at Expert Roundtable of Jobs for the Disadvantaged
OCTEC was one of only three training and employment service providers invited to an expert roundtable on demand-led employment solutions held in Melbourne on Thursday December 18 th . The roundtable was co-hosted by the ACTU, Australian Council of Social Services and the Business Council of Australia, and focused on the question: ‘How can the employment services system work more closely with employers to encourage and support them to hire people disadvantaged in the labour market?’Read more (PDF)
OCTEC is committed to maintaining your dignity as a client of our programs, through respect for your privacy and the maintenance of confidentiality in matters relating to your participation in our programs. We acknowledge and adhere to our responsibilities under the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and aim to ensure that all personal information in which we come into contact is managed in an open and transparent manner.
OCTEC collects personal information from our clients through referral processes, program registration and service provision. It is held securely in hard copy files and on electronic databases, and used to support service delivery and quality management processes. Some of the information we collect is released to the government departments that fund our programs as part of our contractual requirements.
If you wish to access information that we hold about you, you can do so by making a request to an OCTEC manager either verbally or in writing, and OCTEC will provide you with access within 14 days. If you feel that any of the information we hold about you is incorrect, you can request that it be corrected. If you believe that we have breached the Australian Privacy Principles, you can make a complaint to your case manager, trainer or an OCTEC manager either verbally or in writing, and we will investigate the complaint in a sensitive and professional manner.
OCTEC also respects your privacy by giving individuals the option of not identifying themselves or using a pseudonym when requesting or collecting general information about our services and programs, by not using or disclosing personal information for direct marketing purposes, by taking reasonable steps to ensure that the information we collect is accurate and complete, and by taking reasonable steps to protect the personal information we hold.