Welcome to CRLLEN’s new Industry Engagement Manager

VEENSTRA profile picCentral Ranges LLEN welcomes Carmel Veenstra to the position of Industry Engagement Manager.

As part of this exciting new role funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Carmel will lead the development of our Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program, which connects schools and students with industries and employers.

Carmel comes to CRLLEN with extensive experience and a passionate commitment to young people, having worked within vocational education and training for the past 18 years. During this time, Carmel has worked collaboratively with industry bodies, employers, schools, LLENs, TAFEs, unions, registered training organisations and group training organisations to improve the outcomes for students and young people.

If you’re an employer who is interested in creating work placement opportunities for local students, Carmel would love to hear from you. Carmel can be contacted on 0417 344 455 or via email: [email protected]

We wish Carmel all the very best in her new role and we look forward to working with her to ensure all young people in our communities are positively engaged in education, training or meaningful employment.

Victorian Training Award – 2016 Nominations – now open!

The Victorian Training Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training (VET) students, teachers, employers and training providers, and recognise collaboration and innovation in the training system.

Members of the public will again have a chance to vote in the Community Choice Award, which was created last year. The inaugural Lynne Kosky Memorial Award will also be added as a new award category this year, recognising lifetime achievement in the promotion of educational excellence in VET in Victoria.

Applicants can either self-nominate or be nominated by others. Nominating is easier this year. Go to http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/awards/Pages/vta.aspx and help celebrate training excellence. Nominations close on 6 May at 5pm.

New Position! – Industry Engagement Manager – Apply Now!

The Central Ranges LLEN is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated Industry Engagement Manager.

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

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Applications close: Monday 7th March, 2016 at 5pm.

Regional Partnerships – applicants welcome.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for regional communities!

The Minister for Regional Development, the Hon.Jaala Pulford MP, is seeking nominations from local business and community leaders interested in representing their region.

The Regional Partnerships will provide a platform for communities to have a greater say in issues that matter and ensure their needs are heard by government.

Partnerships will include representatives and links to the three levels of government. These roles present an excellent opportunity to collaborate with your community, identify regional priorities, influence government and positively shape the outcomes of your region.

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Welcome new Board Member

Cr. Henry McLaughlin was accepted and welcomed to the CRLLEN Board of Management at its Board Meeting, held on 16th February 2016. Henry is currently serving as a Councillor in the Macedon Ranges Shire.

Appreciation and thanks are extended at this time to Jill Karena, Manager of Community & Culture at MR Shire, for her time and involvement with the CRLLEN Board over the past six years.

Seymour P – 12 College – new Principal

Congratulations to Gail Hardman on being appointed the new Executive Principal at Seymour P – 12 College. Gail has been a staff member at the College for a number of years and took up the Acting Principal role over 12 months ago. The CRLLEN looks forward to working closely with Gail and the Seymour College staff, towards a common goal of improving pathways and outcomes for young people in our community.

Goulburn River Valley Tourism Limited – Board appointee

The Goulburn River Valley Tourism Board of Management provides strategic direction and guidance to develop and enhance visitation and strengthening the visitor economy in the areas of Mitchell, Murrindindi, Strathbogie and Shepparton. Congratulations are extended to John Keefe, president of the Seymour Business and Tourism Association, on his recent appointment to the Goulburn River Valley Tourism Board. John’s considerable business experience and enthusiasm for the local area will provide valuable assistance to the Board.

GOTAFE Trainer of the year

Congratulations to Mary Borouch who was recently announced GOTAFE’s Trainer of the Year. Mary, a passionate and enthusiastic educator in the aged care field, has been recognised for exemplifying best practice teaching and training skills together with commitment, professionalism, outcomes and industry standing.

Structured Workplace Learning Program

The CRLLEN is excited to announce that a thirteen month contract for the new ‘Structured Workplace Learning’ program (SWL) has been awarded to all LLEN’s throughout Victoria. This program is following on from the ‘Workplace Learning Coordinator’ Program (WLC) which concluded at the end of 2015.
As confirmation of this funding was only received in late 2015 all LLEN’s are very busy with the setting up and instigation of this program as early as possible in 2016 – watch this space!