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]

Have Your Say on Public Transport in Regional Victoria

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The State Government is inviting you to help shape the future of public transport in regional Victoria.

The Regional Network Development Plan will be built from your ideas about what your local community and region needs from public transport.

This long-term plan will take into account the different needs of individual communities and deliver a regional public transport network where train, coach and bus services work together to get people where they need to go.

You can fill out our survey, join a discussion forum for your area, or register your interest in joining a community workshop. You can provide feedback any time between now and Friday 11 September 2015.

Hume region community workshops

  • Seymour: 11am to 1pm, Fri 7 August – Seymour Club, 1 Elizabeth St.
  • Benalla: 5pm to 7pm, Mon 10 August – Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre, 57 Samaria Rd.
  • Wangaratta: 5pm to 7pm, Tues 11 August – Wangaratta Turf Club, Racecourse Rd.
  • Wodonga: 6pm to 8pm, Wed 12 August – Wodonga TAFEspace, Strategic Planning Room, 158 Lawrence St.

Loddon-Mallee region community workshops

  • Swan Hill: 11am to 1pm, Fri 21 August – Stradbroke Hall, Cnr of Stradbroke Avenue and Rutherford St.
  • Mildura: 5pm to 7pm, Mon 24 August – Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Seventh St.
  • Castlemaine: 6pm to 8pm, Tues 25 August – Castlemaine Town Hall, 25 Lyttleton St.
  • Echuca: 5pm to 7pm, Wed 26 August – Mecure Port of Echuca, 465 High St.
  • Bendigo: 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Thurs 27 August – The Capital, 50 View St.

To register for a workshop and to find out more click here

*In the News* Sunbury & Gisborne Jobs Expo

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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]

– See more at: http://www.starweekly.com.au/news/guidance-for-job-seekers-at-sunbury-gisborne-expo/pub/sunbury_macedon_ranges/#sthash.T9xmRehj.dpuf

To see Original Article click here

In the News

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CARVING a right trail for youth in the Mitchell Shire is not just “part of the job” for Mitchell Shire Youth Services Co-ordinator Buffy Leadbeater.
A strong community leader, Ms Leadbeater’s dedication and hard work was acknowledged as the recipient of the Central Ranges LLEN ‘Christine Cox Trailblazer Award’ recently.
In announcing the award, Central Ranges LLEN Chair Doreen Power said Ms Leadbeater was a “real trailblazer”.
“Buffy has shown a great commitment to ​innovation​ through establishing Mitchell youth rooms, collaboration through her work with a​range of orgs and young people and going above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of local young people,” Ms Power said.
During her time at Mitchell Shire, Ms Leadbeater has demonstrated leadership in the development of the Mitchell Shire Youth Strategy and youth consultations, the further ​development of the Mitchell ​Shire Youth Council and the Cyber Tattoo campaign to tackle cyber bullying.
Recently, Ms Leadbeater also drew ​attention to the region by hosting a forum in Wallan in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, bringing together a variety of stakeholders to feed into a ​state-wide consultation process.
Ms Leadbeater was nominated for award alongside two others from the Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes presented Ms Leadbeater with the award and $500 cheque at the Central Ranges LLEN annual general meeting.
The award recognises excellent leadership, outstanding achievement and significant partnerships, in honour of the late Central Ranges LLEN’s Christine Cox.

Original article http://www.newspaperhouse.com.au/index.php/component/k2/item/430-a-trailblazer-in-buffy-leadbeater 

New Central Ranges LLEN Board

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Central Ranges LLEN is excited to announce its new Board and Executive!

Schools – Tony Gooden

TAFE Institutes – Jenny Jackson

Employers – Mike Dalmau (Treasurer)

Local Government – John Walsh (Secretary)

Other Community Agency – Tricia Quibell

Koori Organisations – Lawrence Moser

Community – Lisa Linton

Co-opted – Anne Leadbeater (Deputy Chair)

Macedon Ranges Shire

– Christina Dawson & Jill Karena

Mitchell Shire

– Michelle Bradley (Chair) & Sue Marstaeller

Murrindindi Shire

– John O’Meara

We still have a few vacancies on the Board, so if you’re interested in becoming more involved with Central Ranges LLEN, please contact Trent McCarthy on 0414 885 380 or [email protected]

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

Reminder – CRLLEN AGM Tuesday 19th May 2015

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The CRLLEN Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015, at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Racing Club, East Street, Kilmore commencing at 10am and followed by a complimentary lunch.

We would love for you to attend and if you haven’t already done so please RSVP by Friday 8th May by calling (03) 57811 014 or email: [email protected]

 

ABC 774 – Join The Conversation on Youth Unemployment

Great radio conversation about youth unemployment in the northern suburbs and Hume area, with specific reference to flexible learning options. Join the conversation hour with ABC 774 Melbourne to catch the discussions.

Annual General Meeting 2015

CRLLEN NewLogoThe CRLLEN Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015, at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Racing Club, East Street, Kilmore commencing at 10am and followed by a complimentary lunch for attendees at 12noon.

Our guest speaker will be Jaclyn Symes, Member of the Legislative Council for Northern Victoria. Jaclyn is very interested in issues facing youth in regional areas, especially education and employment.

There are currently several vacancies on the CRLLEN Board and five positions are up for re-nomination. Please consider nominating for the Board and help us connect local education, business, parent and community organisations to grow the education and training options for youth in our region. (Nomination Form below)

Please contact the office on 57 811 014 or [email protected] for further information or to advise of your attendance.

Nomination Form available here: Nomination Form AGM 2015

**IN THE NEWS** Youth Unemployment Crisis

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Wallan Secondary College connecting employers and and schools.

Mitchell Shire has been identified in the Hume region as one of 10 hot spots across Australia in need of urgent attention with a youth unemployment rate of 17.5%. Click on the link for more information.