Preparing Your Students for a Work Placement: Some Tips from Employers

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Work placements are a fantastic way to introduce students to the world of work

We contacted five employers who’ve taken on students for work placements and asked them what makes a good work placement from their perspective, and come up with these basic tips. Work placements are such a fantastic way to introduce students to the world of work, and will often be the first time a young person has worked for someone. These experiences really help solidify a young person’s thinking on very important decisions, so it’s important to prepare them for the experience and ensure they make the most of it.


  1. As this is often the first time students have had to negotiate an employer/employee relationship, it’s important they know what’s expected of them and how they should behave in the workplace. Many employers spend a lot of time and effort offering structured work placements and sharing their expertise, so it’s important students show appreciation for the opportunity they’ve been given and take their placement seriously.


  1. For a good learning outcome, it can be really beneficial to make sure there’s a strong match between the student’s passions and interests, and the work placement on offer. This will help the student engage fully with the work placement and apply the skills and passion they already have.


  1. Get the basics right. Turning up on time and dressing appropriately makes a great impression and will help students make the most out of the opportunity.


  1. Ask questions. It’s better to be curious than bored, and chances are a host employer will have heaps of valuable information to share. Encourage your students to make the most of their SWL opportunity by picking their employer’s brain about their industry, which will really help them make an informed career choice.


  1. SWL hosts are responsible for students’ safety, and they want to make sure everyone at their business gets home safe at the end of the day. Students need to pay attention to their employer’s directions and ensure they follow any health and safety policies and procedures.

Annual General Meeting – 16th May 2017

The Central Ranges LLEN will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16 May 2017, from 10am to 12.30pm at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Racing Club, East Street, Kilmore.
The guest speaker will be Jeanette Pope, an expert in Youth Employment and Skills. Her presentation will be followed by a lively panel discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities for young people in the Central ranges region.
Members are invited to nominate for vacant positions on the Committee of Management. Nominations close 5pm 5 May 2017. For further information including vacancies and nomination forms please contact the CRLLEN Office on 5783 1111 or email [email protected]
RSVP’s are essential by Friday 5 May 2017.

Welcome to our new Industry Engagement Manager

We are pleased to welcome Lena Way as our new Industry Engagement Manager! Lena comes with a strong background in marketing and community engagement. Her previous positions include executive marketing roles at the Shrine of Remembrance, Freemasons Victoria, the City of Greater Dandenong, the National Trust and The Lost Dogs’ Home.

Lena has also started her own charitable organisation which provides opportunities for people volunteering in developing countries and raises funds for projects such as orphanages and schools.

Lena holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing and is looking forward to applying her knowledge to the 100 Ways in 100 Days campaign, the Structured Workplace Learning program, and creating more ways for Central Ranges LLEN to help young people transition from school to employment. Lena lives on a farm in the Macedon Ranges with her husband and two young children.

2017 Building Youth Employment Partnership

An exciting new partnership was recently launched in Seymour!
Led by the Broadspectrum organisation (formerly known as Transfield Services) an agreement was signed with GOTAFE, Seymour College, St Mary’s College Seymour, the Seymour Flexible Learning Centre and the CRLLEN.
These groups, working in collaboration and with the full support and commitment of Broadspectrum, will aim to build opportunities and pathways that will enhance education and employment for young people in the Seymour/Puckapunyal region.
The CRLLEN is proud to be be a part of this innovative partnership and looks forward to sharing successful outcomes of this initiative.

How can I get better prepared for the future of work?

You are facing a vastly different future of work than your parents. How can you better prepare for the world of work of the future? It’s not as hard as you might think…young-people

  1. It starts with you working out what you like doingwhat are you good at? what do you enjoy? Thinking about this will help you to start exploring what’s out there and how you can make school more interesting to help you finish. Work in the future will be high-skilled, and finishing school will still get you better and higher paid work. But that can include trades, and there are heaps of options. Jump online and start exploring these fantastic sites written by and for young people: or
  2. Second, work out if you are getting the right skills for future jobs. The best skills are the generic ones you can take across jobs (digital skills, communication, project management, creativity, working with others). You can learn these skills a million ways (and add them to your CV), for example, through:
    1. code clubs
    2. free online courses (google “MOOCs” like )
    3. organising your friends to challenge yourselves, for example, through the Whitelion Eureka Climb or three peaks challenge
    4. grabbing some friends to make something – an event, radio show, a short film, a sporting match, fix up a car, a gamers challenge… the possibilities are endless.
  3. Finally, and to overcome the main reason young people are disadvantaged in labour markets, you need work experience (and job search, job application and interviewing skills, etc). Jump online at You’ll be surprised by the opportunities your community is offering.

The best thing to do to prepare for the future is to do something! Don’t be afraid to talk to people around you – you’ll be surprised who will want to help – and the fun things they might know about that you can do.

Jeanette Pope is a freelancer and expert on young people and the future of work. She is helping out at CRLLEN and writing some articles for us to stimulate discussion around these issues.

How can we prepare young people for the future of work?

By Jeanette Pope

This week some 389,000 Victorian students will head back to high school, around 70,000 into their last year. How can we prepare them for the world of work after school?

Work is changing and young people’s careers are more complex. Estimates suggest they might have up to thirteen jobs across four different industries over their careers. Their choices are also changing. Some work is being automated (drivers, lawyers, even diagnosis of x-rays – anything routine). New jobs are being created that we might not have even heard of (global mobility consultant, social media manager, sustainability officer, user experience designer). More than half our current preschool students will work in jobs that don’t exist yet.


What should we be advising young people to do, when we might not understand change fully ourselves?

  1. First, they need to finish high school. Work is increasingly high-skilled and finishing school is still related to better and higher paid work. We can help by ensuring education is engaging and relevant to them.
  2. Second, they need the right skills for new jobs. The best skills are the generic ones they can take across jobs (digital skills, communication, project management, creativity, working with others). These should be learned at school. But we can also help by encouraging involvement in volunteering, gaming, clubs, hackathons, community action, politics. Young people need to understand what they like doing, what they are good at, and how these can be used to create meaningful careers.
  3. Finally, and to overcome the main reason young people are disadvantaged in labour markets, they need work experience (and job search, job application and interviewing skills, etc). We can help by releasing opportunities in our communities – no matter how small – to help them learn what work and jobs are like, build their networks, and give them experience for their CVs. Be part of our campaign:

There will be a lot of debate about the changes to work over the next decade, but helping young people is not hard, even with change. And it’s everyone’s business.

Jeanette Pope is a freelancer and expert on young people and the future of work. She will be helping out at CRLLEN and writing some articles for us to stimulate discussion around these issues.

Position Vacant – Industry Engagement Manager – Apply Now!

The Central Ranges LLEN is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated Industry Engagement Manager. The successful applicant will lead the ‘100 Ways in 100 Days’ campaigns, develop and maintain direct engagement and relationship building with local industries and businesses and engage employers to secure ongoing involvement in the Structured Workplace Learning program and other LLEN activities such as Mentoring, Careers Expos and ‘Try a Trade’ days.

This will be an ‘in-the-field’ role and will require extensive travel throughout the three Shires of Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi. The CRLLEN Office is located in Wallan.

An attractive remuneration package includes superannuation, a fully maintained vehicle, iPhone 7 and a Macbook laptop. The 12 month appointment is offered as either full or part time, subject to negotiation.

Only applications responding succinctly to the selection criteria will be considered.

For all details, please go to:—wallan

Further enquiries can be directed to the CEO, Trent McCarthy, via email [email protected] or mobile 0414 885 380

Applications close: Monday 23rd January, 2017 at 5pm.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 9.03.21 pmThe Board of Management and CRLLEN staff would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Central Ranges LLEN members a very happy Christmas. Thank you for all the support and encouragement provided throughout the year.

The CRLLEN staff look forward to working with our many networks and the general community in 2017, continuing the aim to engage and connect with youth, community and business, throughout the Shires of Macedon Ranges, Mitchell & Murrindindi.

The CRLLEN Office relocation took place six months ago and we have settled in well to the new space at 93 Watson Street, Wallan. Sincere thanks to Sally Lasslett and Wallan Secondary College for their support with the move. Feel free to call in for a visit!

Hot desks are also available for community use. Contact Anne on 5783 1111 for further details.

Please note the Central Ranges LLEN Office will be closed from 3.30pm Friday 23rd December until 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Staff Changes – Farewell Carmel

We are sorry to have to say farewell to Carmel Veenstra who has been the Industry Engagement Manager at the Central Ranges LLEN for most of 2016. She has worked tirelessly in establishing and promoting the State Government initiated Structured Workplace Learning Project throughout the CRLLEN region. Carmel has also provided great support in the wider field of other LLEN initiatives.

Carmel is taking on the role of Industry Engagement Consultant with the EPIC Industry Training Board who will be providing advice to the Victorian Skills Commissioner on skill demands and needs in the area of Energy Technology.

We wish her every success in her new venture.


On Wednesday 22 June the Central Ranges LLEN Office was re-located. The CRLLEN is now situated in the former VCAL House (formerly the Wallan Police Station residence), on the grounds of the Wallan Secondary College, in the township of Wallan.

Please note the new CRLLEN Office contact details:

Address: 93 Watson Street, Wallan Vic 3757

Office Phone: 0357 831 111

Office Fax: 0357 831 100

Please note – if you want to locate us via Google Maps please enter the search as ‘Central Ranges LLEN, Watson Street Wallan’  – the street number will not locate us correctly.