Healthy Futures Careers Day – Community Services and Allied Health Information day

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. 

Healthy Futures Flyer 2013

Hairdressers and Building Construction Businesses Support Macedon Ranges Trade Training Centre Application


Nineteen people attended an Industry Breakfast aimed at seeking support for a Macedon Ranges Trade Training Centre application which is planned to be released in August by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.  Held at La Cibo Cafe in Gisborne, the breakfast attracted interest from Liberal Candidate for McEwen Donna Petrovich and State Labor Member for Macedon Joanne Duncan.

Representatives from local Hairdressing and Building and Construction businesses were thanked by Gisborne Secondary College staff for their continued support for young local people in proving work experience, school based apprenticeships and structured workplace learning opportunities.

Collectively the group demonstrated support for the proposed application, pledging assistance in providing guidance for fits outs, mentoring, talks and tours of their businesses.  A Tradie Olympics day was also discussed to promote interest in Building and Construction.  Businesses also shared the importance of young people coming to the workplace being;

  • Having greater experience in basic work and trade skills
  • Showing an interest
  • Demonstrating good work ethics
  • Having business management and communication skills

The information obtained will be used to support the writing of the application.  The group was keen to continue to be engaged in an ongoing way throughout the process and into the future.

For more information on the Macedon Ranges Trade Training Centre application proposal please click on the attachment.  To indicate your support please contact Mr Mark Ridgeway Principal Kyneton Secondary College [email protected]

Click to get more Macedon Ranges Trade Training Centre Information

Bendigo Transitions and Pathways – set the scene for the future

On Monday 24th of June 2013, representatives from Central Ranges LLEN and the Macedon Ranges VET Cluster attended the Bendigo Transitions and Pathways Forum at the Bendigo Schools Trade Training Centre.

Ivan Neville from the Labour Market and Research Branch of DEEWR presented on growth areas, the emergence of new jobs, the connection between education attainment  and employment outcomes, focusing on young people in Bendigo, Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields and Macedon Ranges.

David Walker, Project Director for the refurbishment of the Bendigo Hospital, spoke about the many employment opportunities that will be available for young people as part of the development.   The project focuses on increasing local apprenticeships in construction and will be due to be completed by 2016.

Brian Gould Economic Development Manager from City of Greater Bendigo also presented information on the Horizons Project.  The Horizons website through Council strategically links primary, secondary and tertiary institutions with business in the region and aims to address local skills shortages.

Presentations can be downloaded via the links below

Brian Gould – Bendigo Transitions and Pathway presentation

David Walker – Bendigo Transitions and Pathway presentation

Ivan Neville – Bendigo Transitions and Pathways Forum v4

Young People showcased at Macedon Ranges Business Awards

Young people featured strongly at the Macedon Ranges Business Awards held on June 13th 2013 at the Kyneton Town Hall.  In its 11th year, the night highlighted business excellence in areas such as apprenticeships, customer service food and beverage, accommodation and events.

Steven Atkins won the Apprentice award which he undertakes at Macedon Ranges Electrical in Kyneton.

Young woman Paige Brocke who works at Country Cob Bakery in Woodend was the winner for Customer Service excellence.

The award night also highlighted the enormous support Macedon Ranges business provides to local young people through apprenticeships and work experience opportunities.

The evening was complemented by entertainment supplied by young blues musicians Sarah Wilkinson and Jarrod Shaw.

Steven Atkins and Don McCarthy from Macedon Ranges Electrics  Kyneton

Steven Atkins and Don McCarthy from Macedon Ranges Electrics Kyneton 2013

Yammer – CRLLEN Social Networking

Yammer is a social network for businesses and companies; this means that unlike other social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, which are designed for public use, Yammer is designed for private communication for members.

The basic set up is free, easy to use, and, perhaps, most importantly, it provides a private, manageable, and secure online space for individuals and organisations to communicate.

It allows everyone to share information more freely and create more opportunities to collaborate together online to strengthen the provision of education and training across our region.

We have Yammer Networks the following local networks:

  1. Youth Training Pathways Network
  2. Lower Hume VET & Pathways Cluster

If you would like to join one of these groups, please sign and return the usage policy attached to each network to become a member.  We have over local 40 members across both networks, which are administered by the Central Ranges LLEN.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to Carmen Fifield

Skills Gateway – Launched

Skills Gateway Launched

A new website has been launched that helps vocational students find the right training. The Victorian Skills Gateway makes it easier to find training that fits, with information about jobs and courses tailored to the needs of different users, including students, adult learners, careers practitioners, employers and parents.

The site features information about different jobs and industries to help users decide what career will most suit them and what training they need to achieve it. There is specific information on areas where there are skills shortages and on specialist occupations. The site focuses on Victorian-specific labour market information, including job prospects, average salaries and regions where specific occupations are typically found.

The Victorian Skills Gateway is easy to use, allowing users to start searching for an occupation, course or a training provider with just a keyword. It is smartphone friendly, and no app downloads are required.

The Victorian Skills Gateway is located at


Health Industry Work Placement Manual – 2013 Update now available

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The Health Industry Work Placement Manual has been updated for 2013 and is now available to download off the CRLLEN website. Additional health service provider pages have been added to the manual along with a contact list that has been used by the health industry network group. Minor changes have also been made under the Structured Workplace Learning section of the manual.

The Health Industry Work Placement Manual is a guide for schools, students and health providers that aims to assist parties to establish and undertake work experience and structured workplace learning in the health industry.

Macedon Ranges stakeholders REVAMP their Industry Engagement Strategy

In February 2013 the Macedon Ranges Employment and Training Network reviewed their strategic direction to collaboratively tackle the issues and opportunities for increasing education, employment and training for its residents.

The network has been renamed to reflect the important role that education plays in increasing these opportunities for the community as well as training and industry sectors.  The new title is the Macedon Ranges Education, Employment and Training Network (MR EE&T).

Taking advantage of the strategic direction of Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the network has identified key collaborative actions planned for 2013.  The objectives of the Network are to:


  • Identify issues, develop and implement collaborative solutions to address them

  • Facilitate the coordination between industry, training, community and community organisations around opportunities

  • Promote opportunities around EE&T for MR residents, business and industry

The final plan will be completed in May and enacted in 2013.  For more information go to our Education and Training networks page.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council 2013 Business Excellence Awards


Macedon Ranges Shire Council is a partner and major sponsor of the Macedon Ranges Shire Business Excellence Awards, which forms part of an annual program of activities and initiatives to encourage business development in the Macedon Ranges.  The awards are an opportunity to celebrate and reward commitment to business excellence. Whether large, small, medium or home-based, all businesses make a contribution to the region by providing local products and services. They also provide employment opportunities, including traineeships and apprenticeships for local young people.

Categories include:

  • Business of the Year
  • Customer Service
  • Food and Beverage
  • New Business
  • Professional Service
  • Retail
  • Events and Attractions
  • Accomodation
  • Trainee/Apprentice
  • Young Business Person.

Nominations are now closed and are being judged.  A gala celebration is planned for June 5th at Kyneton Town Hall at 7pm where the awards will be presented.  The evening will include canapes and a three course meal, a guest speaker and entertainment.  The tickets are $80.  RSVP to Rayelle Morrison – Business Coordinator of the Awards.  Email: [email protected] or mobile 0432683513.  For more information go to the Macedon Ranges Business awards page on the Council website.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council Business Directory Launched


In March 2013 Macedon Ranges Shire Council launched a new online directory for businesses located within the shire.   The directory will allow businesses to display and manage their business profile and provide a link to their website.   Listings are FREE for local businesses.  The directory allows local businesses to promote their products and services to local residents while also enabling them to establish networks with other businesses.

The Macedon Ranges Employment and Training Network sees the directory as a useful tool in increasing access to existing and new business and industry to source opportunities in education, employment and training in the local area.  An up to date and accessible business directory will help schools, parents, students and other practitioners find potential sources for apprenticeships, work experience, employment opportunities for school leavers, and prospects for part time work.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is committed to encouraging residents to buy local to ensure a sustainable economic future. Macedon Ranges Employment and Training Network is committed to promoting local skill development and enhancing opportunities for local people to live and work in the community.