*In the News* Sunbury & Gisborne Jobs Expo

Carly Barker Pictured

Carly Barker Pictured

Young job seekers looking for direction can find some answers at a free careers expo at Sunbury later this month.

With youth unemployment in the north-west hovering around 20 per cent, Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) chief executive Trent McCarthy said it was important for young people to map out a career plan.

He said the newly expanded Sunbury and Gisborne Careers and Jobs Expo was a great place to start with more than 45 exhibitors, including employers, universities and training providers, on hand to provide ideas and advice.

‘‘The whole idea is to encourage them to really step back and think about their career,’’ Mr McCarthy said.

Gisborne’s Carly Barker is someone who has successfully followed local pathways. Ms Barker completed a medical administration traineeship with Gisborne Medical while still a student at Gisborne Secondary College. She’s now studying for a nursing qualification while working at the clinic.

‘‘I worked one day a week, every day for a year, which didn’t interrupt school and gave me a real head-start,’’ she said.

‘‘With so many things being online, you don’t necessarily have to travel … it’s definitely worth looking into the options that are out there.’’

Gisborne Medical general manager Riwka Hagen said ongoing training was a major part of the clinic’s workplace philosophy, making its involvement in the jobs expo a natural fit.

‘‘From medical to nursing to admin, our organisation is a great example of the many options available locally,’’ Ms Hagen said.

Central Ranges LLEN is partnering with Hume Whittlesea LLEN to promote this year’s expo. Hume and Macedon Ranges councils and the Sunbury Business Association are also on board.

Association vice-president Marnie Harding said the expo would provide information about the many career and employment pathways available in the area.

‘‘SBA sees this expo as extremely important for Sunbury and Gisborne as it will help shape our children’s future and benefit our community in many ways,’’ Ms Harding said.

The free expo is at Sunbury Memorial Hall from 3.30 to 6.30pm on July 22.

Details: email [email protected]

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Sunbury / Gisborne Careers & Jobs Expo

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Find some answers at the Sunbury / Gisborne Careers & Jobs Expo

Date: 22 July 2015
Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Sunbury Memorial Hall, Stawell Street, Sunbury

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to find out about career and job opportunities in Sunbury/Gisborne. Meet with training and higher education providers and local employers and talk to them about career and employment pathways.

For further enquiries email Wendy [email protected]

Central Ranges LLEN is pleased to partner with Hume Whittlesea LLEN in promoting this exciting event.

Women in the Energy Industries Conference

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Women in the Energy Industries Conference

23 – 24 April 2015
Novotel, St Kilda Vic
Entry from $30

Energy Space Events is hosting E-Oz Energy Skills Australia’s third annual Women in the Energy Industries Conference in Melbourne on the 23rd and 24th of April 2015. The conference will build on the success of previous years, drawing together industry stakeholders and equity experts to consider methods for increasing female participation in the energy sector trades and reigniting the conversation about promoting non-traditional roles to women. The particular focus of this year’s conference will be on:

  • early intervention and building awareness of opportunities for female employment in the energy sector at school age,
  • the conversation of can be done – with presentations of various existing initiatives across the States and Territories, and the opportunity to workshop and brainstorm new ideas.

This year the conference is running for two days, with guest speakers and hot topic discussions on the first day, then a workshop session on the second day.

For the first time, Energy Skills Australia will also run a separate Career Information Session for female high school students and Career Advisers. This workshop aims to encourage young women to take up these trades and to equip Career Advisers with relevant information about Energy Sector trades specific to women.

On day two in the afternoon there will be a session for Career Advisors and Students. The session will showcase some current females working in the Energy Sector and highlight some of the Career options available. If Career advisors complete the survey they get $30 entry for the afternoon.

For more info click here

 

** IN THE NEWS ** Our Kitchen Rules

Our Kitchen Rules ASSUMPTION College has taken vocational training in hospitality to another level for its students with the Marlhes Restaurant.

Hospitality students are trained in all facets of restaurant functions and by obtaining the relevant work authority certification during the course, such as Responsible Service of Alcohol and Food Handlers Certificate, are able to find work immediately at a variety of venues.
The student staff are courteous professional and more than capable of handling their roles thanks to their expert tutelage from Head Chef Nigel Engel, once of Australia’s most highly decorated chefs and local restaurant manager Peiter Siebel.

Chef Engel is a life member of the Australian Federation of Chefs, a life member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, an international association of professionals in Gastronomy from over 80 countries dedicated to fine dining and a member of Les Toques Blanches, a worldwide recognised association of executive chefs.

While the Marlhes Restaurant is at Assumption College, with 19 ACK Year 10, 11 and 12 students undertaking study, both tutors are enthusiastic in ensuring all students within the district are given the opportunity to undertake training there.

Wallan Secondary College also has five students participating in the program and both Chef Engel and Mr Siebel are hopeful other schools will also take advantage of the exceptional facilities avaiable for students interested in a career in hospitality.

“It has always been the outlook that the Marlhes would be a local hub for hospitality training and expand to include other schools in the district,” Mr Siebel said.
“Video conferencing facilities are in the works so that students can attend classes via remote access and this is hoped to be operational from next year.”
“We aim to give all students a broad range of knowledge in service, from fine dining service, to café service to buffets. We aim to prepare all the students for what the industry is really like,” Chef Engel said.
“It is not just for those students who wish to enter this profession , it is also trains students in skills they can use and be employed in during their further study of choice.
“Hospitality also teaches people to work sequentially, how to study, how to work as a team and handle pressure and deal with difficult customers and errors, all skills valuable in any workplace.”
All students work under strictly regulated conditions. Wear full chef uniforms in the kitchen, smart and precise front of house uniforms, follow food safety guidelines, including the storage of food and cleanliness of workspaces.
“I am also very strict on their work ethic. On a day the restaurant is open, work begins at 1pm. That means they must be here, dressed and ready to start work at 1pm, not here, but still to get dressed and having a chat. That wouldn’t happen in a real workplace and this is “real world teaching” and that is why it is successful. These students learn in a kitchen that is the same as a real commercial kitchen.
They know how to use the equipment, what the rules are and that is why they can start work at any restaurant once their training is complete,” Chef Engel said.
Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 can undertake Vocational Industry based training at the Marlhes Restaurant.

Front of house operations are covered in subjects VET 1 & 2, with an introduction to kitchen operations, and kitchen service and cooking is covered in VET 3 & 4.
Chef Engel and Mr Siebel have nothing but praise for their VET students, with Chef Engel describing his return to cooking after years away from the craft as “a passion that has been reborn thanks to the energy and commitment shown by his students.”

The Marlhes Restaurant is named after the region in France the Christian Brothers originated from. The restaurant is open every fortnight on a Wednesday evening, with bookings available on the Assumption College website via the Trybooking program.
Bookings are full for all evenings of operation in term 2. Keen diners are encouraged to get in early for Term 3 openings.

Article source: Newspaper House Tuesday 24th March 2015 

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

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Assumption College student Caitlin Maher is named Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year 2014

Assumption College is proud of year 12 student Caitlin Maher, Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year. She won the accolade at the Victorian Training Awards on September 26. Caitlin is completing a Certificate III in Aged Care at Blue Cross Willowmeade Kilmore in collaboration with GOTAFE.

Two other ACK students were finalists in the awards: Olivia Bennetts, who is undertaking a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at the Hidden Valley Restaurant and Joel Brincat, who is completing a Certificate III in Plumbing with Laidlaw Plumbing and Drainage.

The Victorian Training Awards, now in their 60th year, promote and reward outstanding achievement and innovation in vocational education and training. They also acknowledge the strong partnerships between training providers and Victorian businesses which are vital to providing a strong skills base for Victoria.

Caitlin, who hopes to begin a Bachelor of Nursing next year, has won a $10,000 fellowship and will represent Victoria at the 2014 Australian Training Awards in Adelaide on November 21.

According to Willowmeade spokeswoman Mandy Heather, staff and residents are most impressed with Caitlin: “She has impressed them with her maturity, her compassion and her desire to make a difference to the quality of life of the elderly people she cares for.

“She … brings a youthful freshness and vitality to Willowmeade which is greatly appreciated by the residents and her colleagues. No one who knows Caitlin would be surprised if she went on to win the Australian School-based Apprentice Award as well.”

2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize and Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School

Congratulations to Assumption College past student Lauren Parkinson (Alumni 2013) on being awarded:

  1. VCAL School-based Apprentice/Trainee for 2013
  2. 2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize
  3. Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School in the Victorian State category

The Australian Vocational Student Prize recognises the achievements of students who completed their senior secondary studies while undertaking vocational education and training in schools or an Australian school-based Apprenticeship.

The Prime Minister’s Award recognises the student’s determination and commitment in achieving outstanding outcomes while completing their qualification, along with their involvement in the community and their leadership qualities. These awards promote the benefits of vocational education and reflect the commitment of schools to making vocational learning a valuable and rewarding experience for students. The PM’s Award has been awarded to no more than 20 students annually since 2005. This really is a wonderful achievement for both the student and the school.

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Picture: Mr Michael Kenny, Principal – Assumption College Kilmore, The Hon. Martin Dixon MP, Minister for Education and Miss Lauren Parkinson.

Lauren Parkinson is someone with a lot of experience providing care to others. She used the illness of a family member to inspire her – to undertake nursing and, in her words, to “bring dignity and respect to people” needing nursing. She trained in care and assistance for the elderly at the Seymour Memorial Hospital in Seymour, and later at BlueCross Willowmeade. “Lauren is a very empathetic carer who is passionate about delivering person-centered care to our residents” boasts BlueCross Willowmeade. It was there she picked up a Top 4 Trainee in Aged Care award at the industry annual awards ceremony in 2013. As she studied for her School Based Apprenticeship in Aged Care, Lauren was equally active on the sports field. She not only completed a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance and a Certificate III in Aged Care, she also undertook a Certificate II in Sport and Recreation.Her teachers and nominator agree – Lauren is a remarkable young woman. As she starts out on her Bachelor of Nursing at RMIT in 2014, she will no doubt continue to inspire with the sensitivity and compassion she brings to those needing care.

2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize

Congratulations to Mikeala Bennetts (Alumni 2013) Assumption College for also being awarded an Australian Vocational Student Prize for 2013.  This award recognises the achievements of students who completed their senior secondary studies while undertaking vocational education and training in schools or an Australian school-based Apprenticeship.

NB: Original content of this article taken form Assumption College website

Education, vocational and employment pathway options for young people with a disability

The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, through its partnership networks, is committed to supporting young people with a disability having access high quality educational, vocational, job skill and employment pathway options.

The National Disability Agreement (2009) represents the peak partnership agreement between the Australian state and territory governments. The ‘Agreement’ establishes the roles and responsibilities of each level of government to achieve agreed objectives and outcomes for people with a disability, their families and carers in a coherent and ‘joined up’ manner.

The Victorian response to the National Disability Agreement places a significant emphasis on the principle that every young person with a disability who is able to work should have an opportunity to participate in employment and should be actively supported to do so.  Both parents and teachers share a significant role in helping young people identify their future aspirations and work-readiness skills.

A range of resources and services are available to support the career development of young people with disabilities. These include universal career development resources and those specifically customised for young people with disabilities.

Resources for educators can be found at Strengthening Pathways Planning

Resources for parents can be found at Engaging Parents in Careers Conversations (EPICC)

Resources for students can be found at My Future

The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, in partnership with the National Disability Coordinator, bought together and supported planning discussions between career, disability, youth and employment coordinators to establish a ‘Pathways Options’ information workshop for parents and young people.  The result being the delivery of a ‘Transitioning from School’ workshop for students and their parents and carers to be held:

When:                 Wednesday 30th July 2014

Time:                  5:30-7:30pm

Location:           Woodend Neighbourhood House, 47 Forest Street, Woodend

The workshop will focus on options and supports that are available to students with a disability who are transitioning from school, featuring a structured presentation and time with stall holders who can answer specific questions for students, their parents, their support people and carers.

Open to students, parents, carers, educators, carers coordinators, integration aides, youth and disability workers and special education coordinators and all others interested.

Contact:                 Mark Cottee, National Disability Coordinators Officer, Northern Victoria

Email:                     [email protected]

Phone:                    02 6055 6309

Koorie Pathways Program – Careers and Cultural Celebration Day 2014

On Tuesday, July 22 Indigenous Secondary students from across the Lower Hume region will participate in a Cultural and Careers Celebration Day being held at Seymour Sports & Aquatic Centre, Chittick Park, Pollard Street, Seymour.

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Screen printing with North East Publishing at 2012 Celebration Day

Approximately 80 Secondary School students will attend the Celebration Day to learn about a range of careers and pathways opportunities available to them including an opportunity to participate in a variety of ‘hands on’ workshops and a ‘speed careering’ activity for senior students.

The overall aim of the day is to begin to close the gap for Indigenous young people in both education and employment sectors and provide opportunities to participate in training and further education.

In the spirit of reconciliation, students will be encouraged to bring a non-indigenous friend along to this event. Families and interested community members are also encouraged to attend.

Activities will run from 10am until 2pm.

KPP Celebration Day 2014 flyer

Cultural Careers Celebration Day 2013

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Cultural Careers Celebration Day

Thursday 30th May 2013

Benalla Community Centre, Benalla 

10am – 2pm   

Cultural Career Celebration Day is aimed at informing Indigenous students in the North Eastern Victoria Region from Year 7-12 and their families, about the opportunities of education training and employment options available in our local community.

The day has support from local and state businesses, tertiary institutions and training providers, who will provide students with access to a range of various displays, presentations and information about the different courses and pathways into further education, training and employment.

Secondary schools students in Mitchell and Murrindindi are encouraged to send students to this engaging and creative day.

Celebration Days

Each year, local careers celebration days for Koorie students and families are held across the North Eastern Victoria Region.

The Cultural Careers Celebration Day aims to provide Secondary Koorie students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of training and employment options, engage with inspirational Koorie speakers and participate in a range of cultural activities and celebrations.

For further information please contact Misti Gow on the below contact details:  0477326757 or [email protected]

Celebration Day Flyer 2013

For more information on previous Cultural Celebration days go to our Indigenous Pathways page.