Staff Member Profile – Meet Tony
What is your role at Tenancy Skills Institute, how long have you worked here and what does your work entail?
My role is a trainer and assessor, I am new to the company and have only been here since March 2023, I deliver face to face training to various groups of people ranging in age from 16 to 75, I also deliver short courses to year 12 students as part of life skills in preparation of them leaving school
Before working at Tenancy Skills Institute, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? Or what was your first paying job?
My first paying job was as a Bell Boy, wearing a lovely white & gold suit including a little round hat and carrying luggage, in a 5-star hotel in Melbourne CBD, I would go home with a pocket full of $1.00 & $2.00 dollar notes which were tips.
What do you like most about working at Tenancy Skills Institute?
This role is without a doubt the most rewarding role I have ever had the pleasure of holding, after spending more than 26 years in the property industry and having seen plenty of highs and lows, I am absolutely blown away by the way I feel after delivering each and every course, and by the reaction I receive from the attendees, everybody, young or old, new to the rental market or a veteran of the tenancy experience (good or bad) takes away something from what we deliver in our courses. It is truly amazing and humbling.
What advice do you have for the people you work with?
The team at Tenancy Skills are awesome and truly care about what they do on a daily basis so the only advice I could offer is to say, simply do not change who you are or what you stand for.
What was your experience in the housing industry before working at Tenancy Skills Institute?
I have over 26 years’ experience as a Real Estate agent and have held almost every role in that time, in both the residential and commercial fields, sales and leasing, property management, BDM, house & land packages, vacant land sales, sales manager, office principal, office owner and of course, office cleaner.
Why is it important for tenants and prospective tenants to have the skills covered in the program?
As we all know, the rental market is extremely competitive at this time and if you do not stand out from the crowd you will simply miss out. Understanding what a property manager is looking for in a tenant will provide you with ammunition you need to be a tenant of choice. If you are a first-time renter, just leaving school and home this course will provide you with the knowledge of your rights and responsibilities, along with understanding the landlords rights and responsibilities, that is priceless.
What is your hidden talent or hobby we might be surprised about?
I collect acoustic guitars however I cannot play a guitar.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received from a student?
It was after my first course that I delivered and the student said, “Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge” in all the years in Real Estate I don’t think I ever heard those words.
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