Victorian Government – funds LLENs for 2015

CRLLEN LogoThe Government of Victoria has announced funding for all 31 LLENs across Victoria, including the Central Ranges LLEN.

The commitment is for one year, in 2015, at $8 Million across all 31 LLENs.

 

 

 

 

See media release Minister Martin Dixon.

This is great news for the LLEN Network to ensure we can continue our work for at least one more year.  It was hoped the current government would match Labor’s electoral commitment of four years at $ 8 Million dollars.

The LLEN Network will continue to advocate for sustainable funding beyond 2015.

Central Ranges LLEN – welcomes Labor party commitment to 4 years funding

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The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Networks, has welcomed the announcement by the Labor Party that it will continue to provide funding for the next four years, if it wins the state election in November.

The LLENs, which have existed since 2001, have been co-funded by the Victorian and federal governments from 2010 to 2014, but from next year, funding will be the responsibility of the Victorian government alone.

In 2014, the Federal Government funded LLENs $10 million and the Victorian government funded LLENs $2.3 Million, a total budget of $12.3 million.

The Labor party has committed to $32 million over 4 years to continue funding the LLEN network of 31 LLENs across Victoria.

“The Labor party funding announcement is particularly welcome after the latest jobless figures showing the unemployment rate for 15-19 year olds is at a 17 year high of 20 per cent,” said Mr Mike Grogan Chair of the LLEN Chair Network.

“This decision by the state Labor party secures the future of the LLENs in Victoria and will enable the LLENs to continue to assist younger Victorians into employment pathways, if Labor is elected at the upcoming state election” said Acting Chair of the State LLEN Network and Chief Executive Officer of Central Ranges LLEN, Mr Boyd Maplestone.

“The LLEN Network is encouraged by this decision and is also seeking support from the current government to commit to the long term future of LLENs”, Mr Maplestone said.

“Our work has proven vital in improving outcomes for young people by increasing education and job opportunities for young people, particularly those at risk of disengaging, or who have already disengaged from education and training and are not in meaningful employment” said Mr Maplestone.

In the last four years, the LLEN network has assisted more than 250,000 young Victorians who were at risk of disengaging, or who had already disengaged from school, training or work.

Every year, we set up and monitor more than 850 partnerships between schools, training organisations, employers and community agencies. Our ongoing work is so important to our communities.

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.

 

Koorie Pathways Program – Careers and Cultural Celebration Day 2014

On Tuesday, July 22 Indigenous Secondary students from across the Lower Hume region participated in a Cultural and Careers Celebration Day held at the Seymour Sports & Aquatic Centre.

Approximately 50 Secondary School students attended the Celebration Day from Alexandra Secondary College, Yea High School, Seymour College, and St Mary’s College, mixed with students from Benalla, Wangaratta, and Mansfield.

Those who attended participated in a range of activities designed to promote both the careers and pathways focus of the day and a celebration of indigenous culture.

Some of the workshops and activities available to students throughout the day included:

▪                ‘Speed Careering’ activity for senior students

▪                Workshop and Information session from the Australian Defence Force

▪                Traditional Games run by ASHE

▪                Aspirations Photo Booth Activity

Special mention must again go to the GO TAFE Seymour VCAL staff and students who did a fantastic job in providing us all with delicious morning tea and BBQ lunch.

The day was met with many positive comments from both staff and students. One student believed the best part about the day was “Being social and talking to other people about life after High school”.

The overall aim of the day was 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.

The Central Ranges LLEN, as a member of the organising committee would like to acknowledge the support of GOTAFE, Mitchell Shire Council, Closing the Health Gap – Lower Hume Project and The Centre for providing funding to support this great initiative, as well as the many organisations and individuals who were part of the organising committee and worked tirelessly in preparation for the day.

Careers & Celebration Day 2014

For more information on this and previous years Celebration Days, go to our Indigenous Pathways page.

Local Government calls on Premier to sufficiently fund Local Learning and Employment Networks

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Local governments across Victoria voted for the Municipal Association of Victoria “to call on the Premier of Victoria to commit sufficient funding for the 31 LLENs across Victoria to secure their programs into the future.”

Mayor, Cr Roger Jukes said that Macedon Ranges Shire Council worked closely with the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network to assist young people in the shire.

“Council has had a long-standing relationship with this network. It has been instrumental in helping us and local schools support young people in our shire into employment and training,” he said.

Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Margaret Rae said “the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (CRLLEN) is an established organisation and long term achiever in supporting young people in this region.

CRLLEN provides a critical link between the broader community, industry and young people, which is vital to assisting overall improvements of economic growth for the region and tackling the increasing youth unemployment rate.

LLEN’s are trusted local organisations across Victoria that provide transition and employment outcomes for young people. No other organisations are as uniquely positioned to undertake this work.”

  • LLENs use their knowledge of the region to influence strategic planning and broker partnerships among key stakeholders to support young people to remain engaged, or re-engage, in education or training as well as pathways to employment.  LLENs create and develop sustainable relationships, partnerships and broker initiatives with and across local education providers, industry and community.
  • LLENs make a difference in communities by enabling individuals and organisations to collaborate their ideas and strategies into beneficial partnerships. LLENs create strategic, sustainable partnerships that improve education and transition outcomes for young people, including increasing Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates.
  • LLENs have been in operation for over 13 years across the state, working with young people at risk of disengaging, or who have already disengaged, from education and training and are not in meaningful employment by focusing on increased participation, improving educational attainment and transitional outcomes as well as increasing career aspirations to build a generation of work ready young people.
  • LLENs also facilitate and support a range of initiatives, through partnerships and collaboration with and across stakeholders as well as providing local advice on statewide policy and program issues and serving as an active platform for joining government initiatives with local education and training systems.

Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Chair Doreen Power said “We thank the Councils for their support of the important work we do. Since the last state election the LLEN network across Victoria has assisted approximately 250,000 young people. Every year the LLEN network facilitates over 850 partnerships.

We call on Government to continue ongoing sustainable funding to the LLEN network across Victoria, $13 million annually index linked so we can continue this vital work. For every $1 invested by the State Government an additional $2 is leveraged by LLEN’s in the community.*”

The work of Central Ranges LLEN is fundamental in ensuring that our young people in Victorian regional and rural areas are not left behind and young people are building strong links with educational providers and local employers.

  • CRLLEN facilitated the $11.3 million Trade Training Centre partnership providing industry standard training opportunities to approximately 3,000 young people previously unavailable to local students.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Lower Hume VET Cluster partnership for the past four years, increasing the Vocational Education and Training in school enrolments by 94% within the three year period 2009 to 2012.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Murrindindi Training Needs Analysis reports in 2005 and 2013 providing detailed understanding of local industry training needs and trends across the Shire.
  • CRLLEN was a key partner in creating the Murrindindi Training Institute, a local partnership delivering post-school Vocational Training which is industry driven and supported.  This partnership is very important in light of 0% TAFE delivery in Murrindindi Shire, with no post-school TAFE options in the area (DEECD ACFE Data Pack 2011).
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Macedon Ranges Satellite VCAL program (alternative education) ten years ago in 2003, creating a partnership between schools and community organisations. This program has engaged 217 young people in a Senior Secondary Certificate over ten years, who were not engaged in school.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis reports in 2014 providing detailed understanding of local industry training needs and trends across the Shire.  This project also included building the capacity of all six Neighbourhood Houses to provide coordinated local industry training opportunities.
  • CRLLEN facilitated a new Flexible Learning Options (alternative education) program at Kyneton Community Learning Centre, in partnership with local schools and community organisations, to engage the most vulnerable young people in community back into education and training and pathway into Satellite VCAL program.  In 2013, 40 young people enrolled in the program.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Koorie Pathways Program from 2010-2013 engaging over 100 Indigenous students and families in careers, industry and cultural activities raising the aspiration and attainment of local Indigenous students.

For more information on Central Ranges LLEN initiatives look at our recent Annual Report.

*Victorian LLEN Network survey of LLENs (2014).

Transfield Services partnership for Community Engagement & Industry Placements

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Central Ranges LLEN and Transfield Services have been working closely together on ways to increase local young peoples knowledge and understanding and experience of the various career pathways within Transfield Services, especially at Puckapunyal Military Base.

Late in 2013, CRLLEN facilitated a meeting that was held at Puckapunyal military base. Representatives from each secondary school within the Lower Hume VET Cluster along with GOTAFE heard what was available at Transfield Services Puckapunyal site and how Transfield could provide services within schools & training facilities.

Many questions were asked and attendees were very excited about the possibilities & opportunities for their students.

The meeting concluded with a tour of one of the largest kitchens on base so that teachers, trainers and support staff could experience the large-scale operation which provides the total catering requirements of the military personnel.

Since this meeting Transfield & CRLLEN worked together to create a systematic approach for students applying for a practical placement experience onsite at Transfield Services Puckapunyal Base.

A combination of work experience and training opportunities along with mapping of Transfield Career Pathways for local schools saw the development of an online application being created to manage school & TAFE applications. The local Workplace Learning Coordinator program has been used to manage the application process between Transfield Services, Schools & RTO’s to provide quality industry based placement and training opportunities to students.

The same application process is set up for managing requests from schools & TAFE to have Transfield Services involved within the community for things such as Career Day/Expos, Mock Interviews, OHS seminars, Group Placement Training, Camps and School Based Apprenticeships etc

This process is likely to increase employment opportunities for local young people within Transfield Services Puckapunyal Base.

For more information regarding the partnership, please contact CRLLEN on (03) 57 811 014

Environmental Scan 2014 Launches – Macedon Ranges, Mitchell & Murrindindi

ES 2014 CoverThe Central Ranges LLEN is proud to announce the release of its 2014 Environmental Scan.  This is a comprehensive review of key data and analysis on population, education & training, business & employment that relate to each of our three Shires: Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi.

The Central Ranges LLEN 2014 Environmental Scan has a consistent approach to each Shires data and analysis, separated by chapters as well as a combined analysis.  Each sub-chapter has opportunities and concluding analysis to draw upon.

This is an excellent opportunity to draw on this document for strategic and business planning, providing opportunities for networks and committees as well as funding and grant applications.

The Central Ranges LLEN will be providing an opportunity for stakeholders in each shire to hear a presentation on key data sets and analysis that related to their shire and receive a free hardcopy of the document.

The presentation will be delivered in the following locations:

Murrindindi

Date & Time: Tuesday 25th March – 1.30pm

Location: Murrindindi Shire Office – Council Chambers, Perkins Street, Alexandra

Macedon Ranges 

Date & Time: Wednesday 26th March – 10.00am

Location: Newman Room, Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison Street, Kyneton

Mitchell

Date & Time: Thursday 27th March – 10.30am

Location: Mitchell Shire Office – Council Chambers, 113 High Street, Broadford

No RSVP required

 

 

Alexandra Secondary College – Trade Training Centre – opening!!

The Central Ranges Trade Training Centre’s Alexandra Secondary College site has been officially opening on 13th February 2014.

Whilst the building has been in use for 18 months, the official opening to the public was today.

The Central Ranges TTC’s Alexandra Secondary College site delivers Vocational Education and Training in School courses in Hospitality and Building and Construction, to compliment the Automotive facilities at the school.

Local student now have access to excellent facilities, especially in Hospitality to deliver Industry level training.  These facilities can also be used by the community as well as local school students when training programs are offered.  If you are a Training Organisations, Youth or Employment Agency and would like to enquire further – please contact Andrew Johnston Principal of Alexandra Secondary College.

 

Welcome Back Hume Partnership Broker – Therese Thompson

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The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes back Therese Thompson from maternity leave this year. Therese returns to the position of Hume Partnership Broker, encompassing the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Therese has enjoyed time with her new daughter, Leila Rose in 2013 and now looks forward to reconnecting with all our partners in supporting young people across Mitchell and Murrindindi.

Macedon Ranges VET Cluster Develops RTO Checklist

image002With significant changes to the Vocational Education & Training (VET) system in 2012 and 2013 there have been increasing numbers of Registered Training Organisation (RTO) delivering Vocational Education & Training in School (VETis) courses across Victoria.

As a lead up to the annual RTO/TAFE presentation day the Macedon Ranges VET Cluster developed a Checklist to enable them to ask specific questions of the RTO’s to assess the quality of the service they could potentially provide.  In the lead up to final selection of RTO’s to deliver courses in 2014 the checklist was used by schools in making final decisions about the most suitable provider.

Feedback received from schools was that the Checklist for Assessing Quality RTO enabled them to make informed decisions about a potential RTO to deliver a quality course for students.