Suicide Prevention Workshop

Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Workshop at Seymour Bowling Club – 41 Tallarook St, Seymour VIC 3660 on Thursday 10 March 2016 from 9am – 1 pm. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them.

If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop please ask them to register using this link:

The training is open to community members aged over 18 years.

Welcome new Board members

Central Ranges LLEN is pleased to welcome two new Board members!

Riwka Hagen, General Manager of Gisborne Medical Centre, will represent Macedon Ranges Shire, while Debbie Pepper, Youth and Family Support Worker at The Bridge (currently based at Wallan Secondary College), will represent Mitchell Shire. Welcome Riwka and Debbie! We look forward to your valuable contributions.

We currently have Board vacancies in the following categories, so if you think you fit the bill, please get in touch with CEO Trent McCarthy

  • Trade Unions
  • ACFE / Learn Locals
  • Other education & training organisations, including private RTOs and universities
  • Murrindindi Shire

Learn Local Awards 2015 – Local winner!

Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon. Steve Herbert MP and Acting Chair of the ACFE Board, Ron Wilson, recently announced the winners of the 2015 Victorian Learn Local Awards.

Congratulations go to the Kyneton Community and Learning Centre and Barker Trailers of Woodend for receiving the ‘Learn Local for Business Award 2015’.

The Barker Trailers Workplace Literacy Program, developed with the Kyneton Community and Learning Centre, delivered Workplace English Language and Literacy training aimed at the highly specific language of engineering. Delivered over 40 hours on-site at Barker Trailers, it broke down cultural barriers, built a more open environment and improved job satisfaction.

KCLC was also recognised as a ‘Learn Local Legend’ at the awards ceremony. Well done to all involved.

Funding Vs Need – new money for new programs!

Minister for Education, James Merlino, recently announced a new needs based funding model for Victorian government schools. The model will use parents’ education levels, the concentration of disadvantage in a school and parental occupation to target funds to where they are needed most.

This funding is on top of the usual increases for indexation and for rising enrolment – new money for new programs!

Under this new model, the highest-need students are those attending the most disadvantaged schools, and whose parents have not completed Year 12 and are unemployed or in a low-skilled occupation.

All government schools will receive varying amounts of funding under this new model, commencing in 2016.

Seymour Secondary College and Whittlesea College were among the top twenty schools to receive the most funding in this allocation.

Business Breakfast in Kilmore

ACK Bus Breakfast 150812Congratulations Assumption College Kilmore and the Lower Hume VET Cluster for organising AFL great (and former apprentice!) Kevin Sheedy to speak about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) at the Business Breakfast held in the ACK Marlhes Restaurant on 12 August.

Joining Kevin onstage was former Assumption student 2014 Victorian School Based Apprentice of the Year, Caitlin Maher, who shared her inspiring story about the pathway from school to training and work. Go Caitlin!

The packed room of employers also heard from apprenticeships expert Rob Paladino about how to work in partnership with local schools and SBAT providers to find terrific young employees.

Central Ranges LLEN was pleased to sponsor this event, providing gifts to each of the speakers.

VET students building their future

VET ConstructionIt was great to see Central Ranges Trade Training Centre (CRTTC) providing the opportunity for hands-on, workplace skills with the added bonus of being able to provide a service to the local community.

VET Building and Construction students are currently assisting in the construction of the new scoreboard at Harley Hammond Reserve, Broadford.

In a recent interview with North Central Review, Greg Sharp, VET teacher at Broadford Secondary College, expressed what a wonderful opportunity this was for students to work on real jobs and sites as opposed to working on scale models in the school situation.

All students undertake theory based work on OH&S practices and the accreditation of their CIC (Construction Induction Card) to enable them to attend a work site. The process ensures they are hands on, confident and useful immediately when they enter a workplace.

For more details:

Macedon Ranges Regional Business Networking Night

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Unlock the secrets to broadening your business reach by joining us for our very first Regional Business Networking evening on Tuesday 4 August at the Royal George Hotel, Piper Street Kyneton (6.30pm).

You will have the opportunity to be inspired by guest speakers who will provide insight on how to network, expand markets and make broader business connections. Kay Jackson from Simplex Insurance will tell the story of how she started off in her home and is now a regional success with offices in Kyneton, Ballarat, Geelong and Tasmania. Kay has always wanted to help people and started off her career as a nurse but fell into insurance because she can still care for people in a time of need. Kay also has a list of achievements to her name including: ANZIIF Small Broker of the Year; CGU Commerce Ballarat Professional Services Award Winner and Victorian Government Fair & Flexible Employer Award.

Guest facilitator and comedian, Trent McCarthy, will then take us on a journey of engaging and entertaining networking activities geared towards helping attendees circulate the room to make connections which is the ultimate aim of the evening. Trent wears many hats and is currently the CEO of the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network. Trent’s unique background as a strategic consultant, not to mention his comedic performances in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival over the past decade, will certainly make for an entertaining evening!

The cost to attend is $35 and includes finger food (drinks can be purchased) however we are offering a special deal for the first 20 bookings – 2 tickets for the price of why not grab one of your business colleagues and come along? Please follow the normal process for booking via our online system. If you are one of the first 20 to book, we will contact you to offer the second ticket!

For more information contact the Economic Development and Tourism Department on (03) 5421 9616 or via [email protected]