Yvette Salvari aims to give people the opportunity to experience both. She feels that students of all ages have the right to a high-quality education program with an ethical touch. Yvette Salvaris is one of the directors and owners of Ethical Training Solutions, an education, and training company. Ethical Training Solutions was built on a strong foundation of ethics and a passion for helping people be the best they can be. Yvette has over 20 years of experience in the education industry as a teacher, mentor, manager, and trainer. She has taught both children and adults with her youngest student being 2 years old and her oldest is 75 years old. Yvette is a firm believer that education can change your life no matter how old you are. Running a company keeps Yvette very busy, when she is not doing her thing, she loves to spend her free time traveling and learning new things.
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Thank you so much for giving us your time! Before we begin, could you introduce yourself to our readers and take us through what exactly your company does and what your vision is for its future?
Yvette Salvaris: Hi there, my name is Yvette and I am an eduprenure! I am the director of Ethical Training Solutions (ETS ). ETS is a recruitment, education, and training company. We help people get a career in the care industry (childcare, disability, age care). We also help people write and create their online courses. I have been in the field of education for over 20 years and love to see how through education and training, people can better their lives. ETS has helped people with career changes, career development, and higher education choices. We know how scary it can be returning to study or choosing to change careers, we aim to make that process a lot easier and to ensure that you are on your way to being the best you can be. My vision for the future is one where school leavers and adults have the choice of a career that is built on a strong foundation of education and training. With the right education, you can be whatever you want to be. The world is yours.
NO child ever says I want to be a CEO/entrepreneur when I grow up. What did you want to be and how did you get where you are today?
Yvette Salvaris: This question made me smile. As a kid I used to teach my dolls, I was the teacher and they were my students. Even when I was at school I used to go to the younger grades and help the class teacher. It was almost like teaching was in my blood. I have worked extensively as a primary and secondary teacher as well as a teacher for university. I was a training manager for a college that specialized in training for the care industry, and it was then that I felt that I could make a difference. Unfortunately, my ethics and the ethics of the college I was working at did not align, so I set out with a friend from work to set up our own company where we could ensure that students were getting a high-quality educational experience to equip them with the necessary skills to work in the care industry.
I also loved to be able to help people create online courses. Technology can help to bring education to life. I have always been a bit of a tech nerd, so it seems only natural that I also taught myself how to create online courses. I love watching my course creation clients create awesome, fun, and exciting educational experiences for their students.
Tell us something about yourself that others in your organization might be surprised to know.
Yvette Salvaris: I originally trained as a drama teacher. I majored in Performing arts and history at university. Sometimes it feels like this training is useful when I’m teaching or giving presentations.
Many readers may wonder how to become an entrepreneur but what is an entrepreneur? How would you define it?
Yvette Salvaris: An entrepreneur to me is someone who wants to make a difference by taking a risk and setting up your own business. In my view to be an entrepreneur, you don’t just need guts and determination, but also a strong passion for what you do and a belief that you can do it.
What is the importance of having a supportive and inclusive culture?
Yvette Salvaris: I feel that as an entrepreneur you can’t succeed without the support of others. The same goes for your staff. As a leader, I ensure that I support those who work in my company and also the students who enroll to do a course with us. Sometimes people just need to know that you care and that you are there for them. It’s so important to have a culture of inclusiveness. By being inclusive and having a diverse range of people in your business, you introduce a range of new experiences and perspectives. By being supportive and inclusive you are creating a feeling of belonging. Nothing is more important than feeling that you belong somewhere, either as an entrepreneur, student, or staff member.
How can a leader be disruptive in the post covid world?
Yvette Salvaris: Covid has thrown everyone a curveball. Noone in their lifetime has ever experienced something like this. To be a disruptive post covid leader, you need to think outside the box. The world has changed, and you as a leader have to change with it. Think of new ways to do old things. If something pre covid was working in your business, try and find another way of doing it that will adapt to the current climate. Flexibility is the key to success at the moment.
If a 5-year-old asked you to describe your job, what would you tell them?
Yvette Salvaris: I had to do this when my 6 yr old Nephew Remy asked me. The best explanation I gave him was that I help people to learn how to work in childcare and how to help people with a disability.
Share with us one of the most difficult decisions you had to make for your company that benefited your employees or customers. What made this decision so difficult and what were the positive impacts?
Yvette Salvaris: Covid locks down here in Melbourne Australia is a great example of this. We had to decide to move a class online. It was hard due to the nature of the course as it was an English language course. The difficult part of this was that we were unsure how the course would translate into an online environment and how students would participate since most of them were still homeschooling their children. We had a choice of either canceling the class or finding a way of delivering this course online. We thought long and hard about this as we wanted the best outcome for these students.
we decided to cancel the class. We felt as non-native English speakers, these students would be better off learning face to face to get the best educational outcomes. It was a hard decision as we did not want to let anyone down. But in the long term, the students understood how face-to-face classes would benefit them, and when lockdown ended they all came back to class and were grateful that we did not continue the class online.
Leaders are usually asked about their most useful qualities but let’s change things up a bit. What is your most useless talent?
Yvette Salvaris: I’m very talented at not being able to cook. I have issues just boiling an egg.
Thank you so much for your time but before we finish things off, we do have one more question. If you wrote a book about your life until today, what would the title be?
Yvette Salvaris: Crazy life. It’s what I called my podcast (i sort of left it during lockdown as things were getting crazy with negotiating work during a pandemic). Let’s face it running your own company is crazy. But it’s better to take a chance than live with the regret of not trying.
Mike Weiss, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Yvette Salvaris for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
If you would like to get in touch with Yvette Salvaris or her company, you can do it through her – Linkedin Page
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