Recently the Macedon Ranges VET Cluster examined local data around trends for the future in employment within the region. Macedon Ranges has an increasing ageing population and ageing workforce. Skills shortages have been noted in both the health and community services areas. Combined with this there has been decreasing numbers in both Allied Health and Community Services VETis enrolments in recent years.
Recent research has shown that rural secondary students generally have a less awareness of the broad range of health and community service careers available to them. Having contact with health and community services professionals prior to course selection is seen as a major influence on choosing health or community services as a career. Furthermore establishing relationships between stakeholders has been shown to increase training, work experience, work placement and career opportunities for young people.
Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network and CVGT Australia have had discussions with the Macedon Ranges Careers and Pathways, VET Cluster, registered training organisations and local health and community services organisations to develop strategies to increase young people awareness of careers across these industries. The Macedon Ranges VET Cluster is discussing a number of options to promoting Health and Community Services as a great career pathway for students. This has resulted in the development of an Allied Health and Community Services Information Day to be held on Tuesday 23rd July from 9.30am – 2.30pm at the Kyneton Community Learning Centre.
The day is for any Year’s 10 and 11 students who are interested in working in the health and/or community services industry. There is a limit of 25 places available as we want to ensure there is good interaction and opportunity for a hands on approach. The day will involve fun and practical activities, workshops and case studies and an opportunity for young people to interact with other young people interested in working in the area.
For more information or to register please contact Lisa Linton Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker.