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 1..so 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]

School Based Apprenticeships – Employer Breakfast Invitation

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Lower Hume VET Cluster with Assumption College Kilmore invite you to attend a Business Breakfast to learn about how School Based Apprenticeships could assist your business.

Special guest speakers, Kevin Sheedy (ambassador for SBA) and Caitlin Maher 2014 Victorian School Based Apprentice of the Year, will attend the breakfast to give their view on School Based Apprenticeships.

Date: Wednesday 12th August 2015
Time: 7:15am – 8:45am
Venue: Marlhes Centre at Assumption College Kilmore
Cost: $15.00
Bookings essential, limited places.
Book at: http://www.trybooking.com/IMEJ

Business Breakfast at ACK Invitation

2015 CRLLEN AGM & Annual Report

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The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network held its 2015 Annual General Meeting on 19 May 2015 at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Trackside,

The 2015 Annual General Meeting opened with a briefing for members about the results of the work of the LLEN in 2014/15 and the news that LLENs around Victoria have been provided with a State Government funding commitment for the next four years, after a period of uncertainty. A new statement of the LLEN’s strategic direction was also shared with members.

Ordinary business included:

  • confirmation of the minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting
  • committee reports of the transactions of the association during 2014
  • election of officers of the association
  • appointment of an auditor of the association for the year
  • receipt and consideration of the statement submitted by the association in accordance with section 30[3] of the Act.

Guest Speakers

  • Jaclyn Symes, MLC for Northern Victoria
  • Don Gibbons, Principal, Seymour Flexible Learning Centre
  • Zac, a student at Seymour Flexible Learning Centre

Christine Cox Trailblazer Awards

Each year the Central Ranges LLEN Board recognises people (professionals or volunteers) who have demonstrated excellent leadership in achieving education, training and employment opportunities for local young people.  Each recipient is awarded the Christine Cox Trailblazer Award, and receives $500 towards their strategic projects that support local young people.  The award is named after founding board member and staff member Christine Cox.  Christine worked tirelessly to facilitate training and employment opportunities, especially through the Lower Hume VET and Pathways Cluster and is recognised for her outstanding achievements in our local community.

The Trailblazer award recipient for 2015 was:

Buffy Leadbeater, Coordinator Youth Services at Mitchell Shire Council

Acknowledgement was also given to fellow Award Nominees:

Jana Ash, Workplace Learning Coordinator, CVGT

Jeynelle McLennan, Student Wellbeing Officer, Seymour College

Elected Board members

The following nominees were elected to the board for two years until May 2017:

Schools – Tony GoodenTAFE Institutes – Jenny JacksonLocal Government – John Walsh

Other Community Agency – Tricia Quibell

Koorie Organisations – Lawrence Moser

Community – Mike Dalmau

Chair & CEO Reports

The Annual Report was presented to members and guests at the 2015 AGM.

Central Ranges LLEN AGM Annual Report 2014-15 FINAL

Highlights included:

  • Training Needs in Macedon Ranges and Murrindindi
  • Transfield Services Partnership
  • Environmental Scan 2014
  • Koori Celebration Day 2014
  • Introduction to Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding Industry

Introduction to Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

An opportunity for businesses to gain a better understanding of what’s involved in an apprenticeship program, including detailed information about the process and assistance available.

Date:Thu 30 April to Thu 30 April
Time: 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Venue:  Macedon Ranges Shire Council – Gisborne Administration & Service Centre
40 Roberston St Gisborne, VIC Australia
Cost: Free

To register click here

For more information please contact:

Lianne Stanton
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 5421 9616

Macedon Ranges Shire Council / Things to sees and do/ Upcoming Events 

Assisting Business and Macedon Ranges Residents Connect

Article prepared by Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Economic Development and Tourism Unit

Macedon Ranges businesses and secondary schools came together to learn about the value and benefits of employing an apprentice at an information session held at the Kyneton Town Hall on 22 July 2014.

The session was presented in partnership with the Victorian Employer’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) with presenters from VECCI, Gisborne Secondary College and Sureway Employment & Training Services.

Organisers were pleased to see 11 individual businesses attend which was a good start to what will be a long running program of trying to raise the awareness of the benefits of
apprenticeships and traineeships.

Attendees received a comprehensive understanding including; an overview of apprenticeships from commencement to completion including incentives available to businesses, school based apprenticeships and traineeships, the role of schools in pathways to employment and an overview on how employers can access assistance for recruitment and ongoing management.

Many attendees were already considering taking on an apprentice so the information session provided them an opportunity to ask specific questions that helped with their decision.

 

Murrindindi Training Institute – Business Development Manager appointed

MTIThe Murrindindi Training Institute (MTI) has appointed a new Business Development Manager to increase partnering opportunities with local industry to deliver training across Murrindindi Shire.

Silke Koerner has been appointed to the role.  Silke comes with excellent recent experience as Director of Learning at the Outdoor Education Group in Eildon.

Silke’s role also includes facilitating local training and business networks to increase education and training options.

If you would like to know more about MTI or ways in which to get involved in local training networks – contact her on 5772 3220 or 0429 408 149.

 

Murrindindi Youth Partnership

NewLogoVerticalMurrindindi Youth Partnership consists of members from the Murrindindi Shire Council, Job Service Agencies, Workplace Learning Coordinator Program, CRLLEN, Yea High School, Alexandra Secondary College, Nexus Community Health, Youth Agencies & Youth Connections Program, Yea District Memorial, Alexandra Hospitals, Alexandra Community Health, The Apprenticeship Factory, Victoria Police and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The objective of the network is to keep well informed and work together on improving opportunities for keeping students interacting and engaged in school.

The network meets on a regular basis to share and update the latest information available/ provided by each agency so resources can be utilised within the area.

Through this partnership there are many resources and contacts shared for flexible learning options, traineeship and apprenticeship information that assist all schools and parties that are dealing with venerable youth.

This partnership is looking at develop health and well being opportunities, school based apprenticeships and flexible learning programs.  This is assisting the community to move forward and improve youth opportunities.

If you would like to know more including how to get involved then you can contact:

Stuart Coller, Coordinator Youth Development,  Murrindindi Shire on 57 720 712.

Helen Nielsen, Hume Partnership Broker, Central Ranges LLEN on 57 811 014.

 

Healthy Futures – Community Services and Health Information Day

 

Participants of Information day with Victoria University trainer Emily Barter

Participants of Information day with Victoria University trainer Emily Barter

Sixteen enthusiastic young women attended the Healthy Future’s Community Services and Health Information day held on Tuesday 23rd July 2013. The day was organised by Central Ranges LLEN and CVGT and kindly hosted by Kyneton Community Learning Centre.

Participants heard from a range of speakers including Nerrisa Fry from the Department of Health, Allied Health workers from Cobaw Community Health and General Manager Mandy Greetham, BUPA Kyneton.   A workshop was run by Victoria University and young student Syke from Gisborne Secondary College spoke about her experiences doing a School Based Apprenticeship.  Sessions were held to assist students in assessing which career option they would like to follow and also to navigate the possible pathways they could discuss with their Career Coordinators.

Students reported gaining a greater understanding of the sector and intent to follow up with their transitions and pathways school contact. The day was successful in building a base of students interested in enrolling in Community Services and Allied Health courses through the VET Cluster in 2014.

Welcome New Staff Member

Partnership Broker Hume - Helen Nielsen

Partnership Broker Hume – Helen Nielsen

The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes Helen Nielsen to the position of Hume Partnership Broker which encompasses the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Helen has taken over from Carmen Fifield in the maternity leave position while our previous Hume Partnership Broker, Therese Hippisley, enjoys time with new baby, Leila Rose, who arrived just before Christmas.

Helen comes to the CRLLEN with experience in employment services, working with vulnerable youth and the community as well as a background in marketing. Helen has a passion for education to be available to all people and the development and growth of opportunities for our local youth across the sectors of education, industry and community.

We wish Helen all the very best in her new role and look forward to working together and supporting her to ensure young people in our communities are engaged in education, employment or training.

Helen’s contact details can be found on the staff page

Partnership Broker New Role

Partnership Broker - Carmen Fifield

Partnership Broker – Carmen Fifield

Carmen Fifield has been with the CRLLEN since January 2013 filling the position of the Hume Partnership Broker’s Maternity Leave position.

In June, Carmen reduced her working load to 2 days per week (Tuesday & Wednesday) taking a general Partnership Broker role within CRLLEN with a focus on communications and marketing as well as responsibility for key projects and supporting the Hume & Macedon Ranges Partnership Brokers.

Please see Carmen’s new contact details on the Staff page