Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis Report Launched!!!

On Tuesday 13 May the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis Report 2014 (The Report) was officially launched by the Macedon Ranges Shire Mayor, Roger Jukes at the Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre, Gisborne.

Vital workforce development, training data and information for training providers, schools businesses and industries within Macedon Ranges Shire is now available through ‘The Report’.

Councillor Jukes stated that Macedon Ranges Shire Council, through their Economic Development Strategy, remain “…. committed to identifying the skills and training needs of local businesses and, working in partnership with our various education providers, to address them”. The Report significantly assists training providers and local businesses to strategically position themselves, and the current and future workforces, in order to remain strong and viable within the context of the changing market across the Shire.

Information was sought from more than 250 local businesses and training providers in compiling the report and its recommendations. Facilitation of the project was managed by the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, project managed by Kyneton Community and Learning Centre with funding and support provided by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development—Adult Community Further Education, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Central Ranges LLEN.

The analysis of the data collated during the Project phase has been framed by the identification of opportunities for training providers to respond to defined need.  These opportunities in turn have been expanded to include the major stakeholders who may collaborate to seize that opportunity. In addition, with some recommendations refer to the structure of short courses, particularly with a focus on business operations, which could be tailored in response to the identified needs of local businesses.  Relationships, both current and potential, amongst the Learn Local providers in the Macedon Ranges and other stakeholders such as  Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the community, and education and training providers is identified in ‘The Report’ as being of significance in strategically addressing workforce needs on a sustainable basis.

Through the links established in The Report, and the recently launched Central Ranges LLEN Environmental Scan 2014 report, demand for quality graduates and vocational training are able to be clearly identified and strategically responded too.  The Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis report highlights:

  • Key industries areas of focus, are especially in the Health and Community Services, Tourism and Food Services industries;
  • Unique opportunities in the Equine/Agribusiness sector in the Macedon Ranges;
  • Trends and gaps existing in training provision coupled with the current and future needs of key businesses and industry sectors;
  • For collaborative partnerships with education, training, employment and business stakeholders to be developed where opportunities for employers and students are readily accessible to meet future demands.

For more information contact Boyd Maplestone or Veronica Hunt.

Welcome New Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker – Veronica Hunt

Veronica Hunt photoThe Central Ranges Local Learning and Education Network (CRLLEN) welcomes Veronica Hunt (Ronnie). Ronnie takes over from Lisa Linton in the role of Partnership Broker for Macedon Ranges.

Ronnie comes to the Central Ranges LLEN with experience in working with at risk children, young people and families in the fields of Child Protection, Juvenile Justice and Early Childhood for both the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and a number of community based human service programs.  Ronnie has worked with and across a number of community based partnerships (Best Start and School Focused Youth Services) supporting the development and enhancement of integrated systems of services that can respond to the emerging needs of children, young people and families in local settings.

We welcome Ronnie into the role of Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker and look forward to her working with local stakeholders to ensure young people in our communities are engaged in education, employment and training.

You can contact Veronica Hunt here.

Central Ranges LLEN – 2014 Environmental Scan launched!!

ES 2014 CoverThe Central Ranges LLEN launched its 2014 Environmental Scan at three presentations in Murrindindi, Macedon Ranges and Mitchell last week.

The Central Ranges Environmental Scan maps the demographic, socio-economic, education, training and economic factors that have an impact on young people living, studying and working in the shires of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Macedon Ranges. It provides a strategic overview of the critical issues and opportunities for young people’s education and training in the area and how the Central Ranges LLEN seeks to make an impact.

The Environmental Scan 2014 has been developed to inform planning for a variety of stakeholders: schools, training providers, Local, State and Federal Government, industry, parents, community and youth organiastions as well as many others.

This document has been designed to inform stakeholders in each of the three Shires that the Central Ranges LLEN network covers: Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi. This details data sets under key headings: Population, Socio-Economic, Education and Business.  Each of these sections has analysis under each key data set or table, followed by a summary of analysis and opportunities at the end of each section.

There is also a brief comparison section that focuses on specific data sets that have additional analysis to compare trend within and across three shires.

Read the Environmental Scan

Go to our Environmental Scan page.

A hardcopy can also be provided upon request.

Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker – Applications now open!!

CRLLEN LogoThe Central Ranges LLEN is seeking applications for the Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker position. We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced person with the ability: To broker sustainable partnerships between schools, industry, community, training providers and parents to ensure young people in the region have access to rewarding learning and employment pathways. Community Development skills and experience would be of benefit.  An attractive salary with fully maintained organisational car and petrol including some private use. Applicants must respond to process outlined in the position description. For further information contact Boyd Maplestone.

Click here for:  Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker Position Description

Applications close 9am Monday 7th April.

Environmental Scan 2014 Launches – Macedon Ranges, Mitchell & Murrindindi

ES 2014 CoverThe Central Ranges LLEN is proud to announce the release of its 2014 Environmental Scan.  This is a comprehensive review of key data and analysis on population, education & training, business & employment that relate to each of our three Shires: Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi.

The Central Ranges LLEN 2014 Environmental Scan has a consistent approach to each Shires data and analysis, separated by chapters as well as a combined analysis.  Each sub-chapter has opportunities and concluding analysis to draw upon.

This is an excellent opportunity to draw on this document for strategic and business planning, providing opportunities for networks and committees as well as funding and grant applications.

The Central Ranges LLEN will be providing an opportunity for stakeholders in each shire to hear a presentation on key data sets and analysis that related to their shire and receive a free hardcopy of the document.

The presentation will be delivered in the following locations:


Date & Time: Tuesday 25th March – 1.30pm

Location: Murrindindi Shire Office – Council Chambers, Perkins Street, Alexandra

Macedon Ranges 

Date & Time: Wednesday 26th March – 10.00am

Location: Newman Room, Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison Street, Kyneton


Date & Time: Thursday 27th March – 10.30am

Location: Mitchell Shire Office – Council Chambers, 113 High Street, Broadford

No RSVP required



Mitchell & Murrindindi Shire – Young people “SHOUT”

On March 3rd, 4th and 5th,  Seymour Performing Arts Centre was home to over 70 young people and workshop facilitators Adam Thompson (AKA Chocolate Starfish) and crew.

Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie Shires collaborated for the second year in a row to provide a music program called MusoMagic.

This three day workshop provides an innovative, outstanding mentoring program to unite, engage, motivate and empower groups of all ages and backgrounds through the magic of song.

This year young people came together to create the Music Video “SHOUT”.  The group that call themselves ‘Teenage Heroes’ described growing up, owning their space and the need to be grounded.

On the last day of filming Seymour Library & Seymour Township was the backdrop for a Flash Mob scene, much to the amusement of many onlookers.

Young people engaged in music, participated in lyric writing, built new relationships and created their own fully produced Music Video.

Welcome to the Big Show everyone.

Stay Tune for next year, Alexandra (Murrindindi Shire) ….here we come.

Buffy Leadbeater – Youth Services Coordinator – Mitchell Shire Council.

Local fires


Our local communities have been impacted again by fire on the five year anniversary of Black Saturday bushfires.  It is a credit to local community leaders and members, volunteers and emergency services that no lives were lost, despite the loss of approximately 34 houses, thousands of livestock, thousands of kilometers of fencing, the closure of schools, services and businesses.

It is important to acknowledge the leadership demonstrated by our local schools, especially those based in Kilmore, Wallan, Darraweit Guim, Beveridge and Broadford in keeping our local young people safe.  We have resilient communities who are working hard to support each other.

On behalf of the Central Ranges LLEN Board, Membership and Staff we would like to thank those involved in managing the fire, its current and future recovery. Please contact us if we can be of any assistance.



Area Based Governance Consultation

The CENTRAL RANGES LLEN is consulting on how the current functions of LLENs can support Area Based Networks being established by the Victorian government in 2014.

Please respond to the following brief survey to convey your comments.

The Victorian Government is pursuing the design and establishment of Area Based Networks, initially targeting vulnerable children and at-risk young people and their families under the auspice of Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Strategy.

Seventeen area-based social service networks will be created (aligned with the DHS area structure), drawing together senior regional officials from key social policy agencies from State, Commonwealth and local government.

These networks are intended to ensure local information sharing and coordination of service provision and planning in relation to vulnerable children. The focus of the area-based networks is intended to be on coordinated planning and collaboration, rather than the direct management of service delivery.

Guiding principles include:

  • Local problem identification and solutions
  • Appropriate balance between flexibility and accountability
  • Evidence-based through sharing of data
  • Inclusive and adapted
  • Integrated planning
  • Outcomes oriented
  • Create linkages from areas to centre

Examples of projects/initiatives that could be undertaken by an area-based network:

  • Establishing collaborative approaches to supporting at risk children and vulnerable young people
  • Providing coordinated supports and services for people with a disability
  • Addressing high rates of unapproved absenteeism and youth disengagement
  • Development of social services in growth corridors
  • Establishing coordinated responses to support refugee settlement
  • Preparing early intervention strategies to address youth offending
  • Addressing specific, complex challenges, eg. Teen parents, family violence

Note: the focus of area based governing bodies would be on coordinated planning and collaboration, rather than the direct management of service delivery (i.e. establishment of collaborative case management system).

LLENs are required to consult widely with LLEN members and partners to review and provide consolidated feedback from the LLEN area on how the current LLEN functions can support Area Based Networks.

Please respond to the following brief survey to convey your comments (Survey closes 19th March).

Alexandra Secondary College – Trade Training Centre – opening!!

The Central Ranges Trade Training Centre’s Alexandra Secondary College site has been officially opening on 13th February 2014.

Whilst the building has been in use for 18 months, the official opening to the public was today.

The Central Ranges TTC’s Alexandra Secondary College site delivers Vocational Education and Training in School courses in Hospitality and Building and Construction, to compliment the Automotive facilities at the school.

Local student now have access to excellent facilities, especially in Hospitality to deliver Industry level training.  These facilities can also be used by the community as well as local school students when training programs are offered.  If you are a Training Organisations, Youth or Employment Agency and would like to enquire further – please contact Andrew Johnston Principal of Alexandra Secondary College.


National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference


In 2014 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is holding a National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment Conference in Melbourne on 1-2 May 2014.

Participation in, and feedback on, our first two  National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conferences was extremely positive and convinced us that there is a continued need for this kind of event and activity. The conference has been extended to a full two-day conference for 2014. The aim of the 2014 Conference is to build on the first two successful conferences and address the issue of lifelong learning and how to improve work and life skills for youth and adults by investing in effective programs, policies and practices that target the core skills of literacy and numeracy. The results of Australia’s foundation skills’ performance in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) have been released in late 2013. One focus of the two-day 2014 National Adult LLN Assessment Conference therefore will be to look at the results of both PISA and PIAAC and the implications for both policy and practice in post-compulsory education programs in schools and in vocational, adult and workplace education, but also for lifelong learning and full participation as an individual, as a community member and as a worker. As such the title of the 2014 conference is Foundation skills and lifelong learning – what does the evidence from international assessments tell us about improving work and life skills? Sessions will include a range of plenary sessions from international and national speakers, and also practical workshops and presentations from a range of sectors about how to work successfully with youth and adults to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, including the need to address the issue of assessment in LLN.

We have a terrific range of people presenting including our keynote speakers:

William Thorn, Senior Analyst, OECD

Linda Shohet, PhD, Executive Director of The Centre for Literacy, Canada

For more information about the conference and program please see: