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      TABMA TikTok Competition

      Tahlia Bellotti 11/15/2021


      All TABMA Apprentices & Trainees are invited to submit a video for this competition.



      Record a (1min max) video explaining why you love your job and TABMA.

      Make it as quirky and entertaining as you want.

      The best videos will feature on TABMA’s Social Media channels (TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn).

      The producer of each featured video will receive a $30 gift card.

      On the 15th December our Social Media Team will select the best two videos.

      The best video will win a $500 gift card

      Second best a $250 gift card.

      Entries can be emailed to jobs@tabma.com.au



      • Judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
      • All entries received become the property of TABMA and may be used for any promotional activity that TABMA decides upon.
      • Gift cards will be chosen by TABMA.
      • If you are videoing at work on site, please make sure you have your Host Employers permission.


      TikTok – @tabmaapprentices

      Facebook – www.facebook.com/TABMAapprenticesandtrainees

      Instagram – @tabma_australia

      LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/company/7083079

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      Keeping a safe and healthy brain

      John Theoharris 10/15/2020

      Healthy Brain


      Not only is it important to keep the visible parts of our bodies protected when it comes to preventing injuries, but we must also remember to protect our noggin’ too! Keeping a healthy brain is super important to help us with all aspects of our life.


      Nourish your brain with a healthy diet

      • Feed your body a well-balanced diet
      • Drink plenty of water
      • Make sure to start your day with a good breakfast
      • Drink caffeine in moderation


      Enjoy physical activity

      • Exercise regularly and set goals
      • Take the stairs instead of the lift
      • If possible, walk or ride your bike to get to where you need to go
      • Go for a walk or exercise after a stressful day or on your breaks


      Make “safety first” a priority

      • Always wear PPE when required in your job
      • Wear safety helmets if you ride a bike or when playing sports
      • Always wear your seatbelt
      • When going on an adventure or long hike, make sure you have plenty of water, snacks, and the right footwear


      Relax and sleep well

      • Avoid social media, emails, and phone calls after 9pm or earlier
      • Try meditating throughout the day or exercising
      • Set regular sleep times if possible
      • Don’t go to bed until you feel sleepy


      Exercise and challenge your brain

      • Challenge your brain with fun activities such as puzzles, crosswords, Lego, or strategy games
      • Try to work something out in your head before using spellcheck or calculators
      • Learn something completely new and interesting
      • Engage in conversations with friends, co-workers, and family members


      To find out more, The Brain Foundation has excellent Information and further tips on how to keep your brain engaged, healthy, and safe!

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      Tips to help you overcome Burnout

      John Theoharris 10/15/2020



      In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, frazzled, and utterly burnt out, especially coming into the end of the year. Maybe you’ve had way too much on your plate or you’ve been working non-stop. It’s easy for things to pile up leaving you exhausted and unmotivated.


      We checked in with our mates at Year 13 for their suggestions about things you can do to calm down and find your lust for life again.


      It’s time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Waste some time! Binge watch some TV, veg out, play some video games, dance around to your favourite tunes, strum the three chords you know on guitar, fall down a rabbit hole of obscure Youtube videos… Do the things that you feel guilty doing when you’re flat out. Do the things that you love to do that may not be particularly productive. John Lennon once wisely said that “time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” Indulge in some wasted time.


      Feeling burnt out can be associated with a lack of control. Things have been thrown at you left, right and centre, leaving you feeling completely swamped.


      When we re-read a book that we loved before and already know everything that’s going to happen, it gives us a little bit of control back. But most importantly, taking the time to enjoy a good read whether you’re sitting in a hammock, on your bed or waiting for the bus, and taking a cheeky vacation from reality is a perfect way to relax your overworked brain.


      Hang out with people that bring you good vibes. Let them inspire you, enlighten you, and most importantly, have a laugh. Bring them to the cinemas, a gig, a meal, a picnic, a day at the beach… Get out there and hang with some top-quality people who are there for you.


      I know this sounds boring but this is important… LOOK AFTER YOURSELF! Make sure you get enough sleep – seven to nine hours is great. Become friendly with fruit and veggies and reap the physical bliss that comes from nutritious meals. Drink more water and keep a drink bottle with you wherever you go. Go outside and get some quality vitamin D. Do some dang exercise whether it’s a hardcore cardio workout, dancing wildly at a gig, or walking around your local streets. I know these are basic needs but when we’re burnt out and lacking motivation, it’s easy to neglect them.


      Add some spice to your life by picking up a fresh hobby. Begin to learn a language online, pick up a new instrument, buy a skateboard, and attempt doing a kickflip, learn how to cook an extravagant meal… Reap the benefits of there being a Youtube tutorial on literally everything and find a new skill that you can look forward to practising. Spend any spare time you have working on something new.


      Just find inspiration again, hang with some people that bring good vibes, and look after yourself! You’ll be back into the swing of things in no time.

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      RUOK? What comes next?

      John Theoharris 09/10/2020

      Got a feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it. By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend, or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask


      Remember though: before you can look out for others, you need to look out for yourself. And that’s ok. If you’re not in the right headspace or you don’t think you’re the right person to have the conversation, try to think of someone else in their support network who could talk to them.


      To help you decide whether you’re ready to start a meaningful conversation, ask yourself:


      Am I ready?

      Am I in a good headspace?

      Am I willing to genuinely listen?

      Can I give as much time as needed?


      Am I Prepared?

      Do I understand that if I ask how someone’s going, the answer could be: “No, I’m not”?

      Do I understand that you can’t ‘fix’ someone’s problems?

      Do I accept that they might not be ready to talk? Or they might not want to talk to me?


      Picked my Moment?

      Have I chosen somewhere relatively private and comfy?

      Have I figured out a time that will be good for them to chat?

      Have I made sure I have enough time to chat properly?

      Learn more about the signs and when it’s time to ask R U OK?


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      Four Lawn Games to Celebrate Spring

      John Theoharris 09/09/2020

      Celebrate Spring


      Spring is finally here! And what better way to celebrate than bringing some mates or family together for some backyard fun (don’t forget COVID Safe practices)!


      Quoits is a great game for the backyard, beach, social events, family fun, or BBQ with friends. The game aims to toss the rings underarm over the pegs to win points. Each peg has a different number of points attached to the base and the first player to reach 500 points is the winner!


      Jenga blocks will keep you entertained for hours. You start with a “Tower” of blocks, then you carefully pull a wood block out of the tower and place it on top. It is easy at first, but as more blocks get pulled, the tower starts to get unsteady. The result will leave you in stitches on the floor laughing. Trust us!


      Croquet can be played by two, four, or six players and is the ultimate picnic game. The object of the game is to hit your ball through the course of six hoops in the right sequence in each direction and finish by hitting them against the centre peg. The side which completes the course first with both balls wins.


      Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are “singles” and “doubles”.  A great alternative to tennis when it comes to outdoor lawn games but just as hard for some of us!!

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      Meet Katie Cook-Pearce – Recruitment Team Leader

      John Theoharris 09/09/2020

      Recruitment Team Leader



      Kat (as we affectionately know her in the office) started with the TABMA team in August last year. Since then she has helped our host’s fill positions and found many of you traineeships or apprenticeships. She has also helped to streamline our recruitment process by developing our online systems.

      When did you start at TABMA?

      I started with TABMA last August as I come from a GTO background, in recruitment and client services. Prior to commencing with TABMA, I worked for the Prostate Cancer Foundation as the National Supporter Care Coordinator. Every role I have had has been focused on people’s engagement. I love helping people!


      What skills have you picked up since working at TABMA?

      I have been learning so much about our industry and the different types of roles out there that can benefit our members through traineeship and apprenticeship programs and upskilling current staff. In house, the recruitment team has implemented some neat programs to assist with our processes for data management and they have been fun to set up and use!


      What is your favourite part of your role?

      Listening to people’s personal journeys and assisting young people into the workforce, having a good old chat with our members. I love hearing how many of them were trainees back in the day!


      What’s your favourite movie and why?

      Aliens. I love a good action sci-fi. Bishop is one of my all-time favourite characters.


      Where is your favourite holiday destination?

      Berlin.  It has such an awesome buzzing vibe, plenty of art, bars, and squirrels!  I love how a city with a dark history, can flourish in modern times.


      Do you have any phobias?

      Tickles. Even the idea of being tickled makes me feel uneasy!


      What pizza topping do you order?

      I have travelled to Italy and tried amazing pizza! So, I like minimum toppings with a chewy woodfire base. I am a bit of a pizza snob nowadays!


      Do you have pets? If so what are they called?

      Two very large cats named Hubert and Enoki. One named after a chef, the other a mushroom.

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      Turn the year around

      John Theoharris 09/09/2020

      Turn the year around

      by Year 13


      It’s safe to say that 2020 isn’t really turning out the way we planned. We all had huge plans and high hopes for 2020, but Australia barely recovered from the bushfires before the coronavirus stopped us in our tracks.


      Fast forward six months and we spend our days wearing trackies, hoarding toilet paper, and learning how to make banana bread. But 2020 isn’t cancelled. There are still four months to turn 2020 around and here’s how.



      Yes, it was supposed to be your year, but moping around for the last four months of the year won’t inspire or motivate you. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic and positive people who acknowledge it’s tough but have confidence in the future.



      It’s easy to dwell on what could have been and feel like all your plans have been ripped out from underneath you.


      When it comes to turning 2020 around, it’s important to remember that it’s about the journey and not the destination. It’s time to let go of your original plans and reimagine them in a COVID-world; a holiday in Europe maybe a road trip from Sydney to Byron, or an 18th birthday party may be a small gathering at home with your best and closest friends.


      As for festivals, the UK’s first socially distanced concert shows great promise to the live music scene and with Yours and Owls releasing tickets for their lineup in 2021, things are looking up!



      2020 is giving us a chance to start fresh and reflect on our life pre-COVID. Think of it as a ‘mini new year’, with the time to set new goals that align you with your future self.


      Are you happy in your personal relationships and friendships? Is it time to create some new positive habits?



      Losing what seems like everything at the beginning of 2020 may have left you in a bit of a slump, but you’re not alone. A lot of people feel like they have lost control of everything.


      Take a moment to be grateful for what you can control. You may not be able to control anything you previously wished you could but you can control your mindset, how much you exercise, and the media you consume.


      If you weren’t happy in your routine pre-COVID, now could be the time to make some changes. It may also be the time to let go of personal relationships and friendships which you aren’t happy with.


      You may not be able to tick off our original 2020 goals and dreams, but it can be the year you learn to be resilient, adaptable, and make a mean banana bread.


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      Daniel Cave – Timber Composite Apprentice

      John Theoharris 08/03/2020

      Timber Composite Machining


      Recently TABMA’s recruitment team caught up with Daniel and his host employer, Austim, to talk about his Timber and Composites Machining Apprenticeship.


      Dan, who lives in WA, started with TABMA and Austim back in March and every day he has been learning about machinery setup, maintenance and troubleshooting.


      Since high school, Dan formed a passion for woodwork and with the skills he picked up from work experience in carpentry and as a diesel mechanic, he knew this apprenticeship would be a great career pathway as a recent school graduate.


      Daniel is doing great in his apprenticeship and is excited to start studying next month and will continue to learn and grow his skill set as an apprentice working his way towards becoming a qualified professional in a few years’ time. Great job Daniel and Austim!



      Timber and Composite machinists use a range of equipment to cut, shape and mould wood into functional forms for the furniture Industry. They consult on plans and drawings to establish the requirements of a job. They also grind and sharpen the various machinery parts, as well as cleaning and maintaining the machines while remaining safe by following all WHS procedures.

      Timber & Composite machinists create large structures for use in construction or the creation of furniture or other manufactured products. This is a great trade for those interested in woodwork, timber manufacturing and have a love for machinery!





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      Meet George our NSW Field Officer

      John Theoharris 08/03/2020


      George has been working as an apprentice and trainee mentor for over a decade, and recently joined the TABMA family as our NSW field officer. George is a qualified chef and for many years ran kitchens and foodservice operations for massive functions. Eventually he handed in the apron and went on to support aspiring chefs.  George has always been handy around the house and shares our love for timber. He is excited to learn all about our industry and support our apprentices and trainees.


      How did you start at TABMA? 
      Have been with TABMA only 4 months after 11 years in a similar GTO role, commenced during COVID lockdown when everyone was working from home, challenging time.


      What skills have you picked up since working at TABMA?

      Constantly learning a little about all of the different apprenticeships and traineeships offered through TABMA, learning about CNC machines.


      What is your favourite part of your role?

      Monitoring and mentoring apprentices and Trainees, always have them show me something they have learnt.


      Where is your favourite holiday destination?

      Phuket Thailand, or anywhere near the beach!


      What’s one thing you can’t live without?

      Coffee, can’t leave home without having my first cup


      Do you have any phobias?

      Magpies during the breeding season, was swooped at last year while on a walk and fell on the road, injuring myself.


      What pizza topping do you order?

      Travelling through Italy had a potato, pear and Gorgonzola cheese Pizza which I loved


      Do you have pets?

      If so what are they called? My last pet was a Doberman called Klaus, we had him for 8 years

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      How to ask for help when you need it – mental health awareness

      John Theoharris 08/03/2020

      mental health awareness


      It has been a difficult few months and with so much uncertainty in the world right now it is normal to feel anxious and overwhelmed. ‘R U OK’ Day is coming up next month as a reminder to check in on your mates – but what about checking in on yourself? What if you are struggling?


      It can be hard to know how to start a conversation with a friend, especially when you are the one asking for help. Below we outline some simple steps to follow if you need to reach out to someone and aren’t sure how to.


      First, it helps to know what you are hoping to achieve out of the conversation. Do you just want to be reassured that your mate is there to support you? Do you want them to help you make an appointment to speak to a professional? Do you need them to help you have a conversation with someone else about it e.g. a parent? Having a goal in mind will help guide you through your conversation.


      You need to be prepared with what you want to say. Think about how you might bring the conversation up in a way that will make you feel as comfortable as possible, that way you will be less likely to change your mind! Finding a natural way to bring it up in conversation will help you to stay calm and focused.


      It can be really daunting to think about sitting across from someone and discussing your feelings. Think about raising the topic while you are doing something else – going on a drive, watching a game on TV, fishing or cooking together! Something that means you will be side by side with your mate can really help to ease anxieties. There is also the option of broaching the topic online or in a text or phone call. Sometimes it can be easier to start these sort of conversations oPreview (opens in a new tab)nline and then meet up afterwards.


      Finally, actually start the conversation! Think of an opening line and go for it. Maybe try ‘I haven’t been feeling like my usual self lately and I wanted to talk to you about it’.


      If you are struggling or need to speak to someone please remember that TABMA is always here to chat. You can call your Field Officer or anyone else on the TABMA team and we will be able to assist. Whether you are looking for a confidential chat or need to be put in touch with a professional who can assist you TABMA can help.


      Lifeline 13 11 14

      Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

      MensLine Australia 1300 789 978

      Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

      Headspace 1800 650 890


      Photo by Dustin Belt on Unsplash

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