*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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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.

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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

State of Murrindindi’s Children report

Berry Street is undertaking a “State of Murrindindi’s Children report” which aims to collect and collate data on the health and wellbeing of children living in Murrindindi Shire.

As part of this initiative, two community forums (facilitated by Anne Leadbeater) have been planned for June. The aim of the forums is to reach a good understanding of the issues the community want covered in the report, including what specific data sets may be useful and to determine what data may be available from the community and from funded agencies.

See the attached flyer for more info including registration details.

Community Forum V2

Marysville: Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Vibe Hotel
32-42 Murchison Street, Marysville
10.00am – 1.30pm (Lunch provided)

Or

Yea: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Yea Council Chambers
The Semi Circle, Yea
12.00pm – 3.00pm (Lunch provided)

Please RVSP Sue at [email protected] by Tuesday 16th June, as to which forum you are attending and any dietary requirements.

Cyber Tattoo Campaign Takes On Cyber Bullying

IMG_5872On Monday 16 March, Mitchell Youth Services together with Mitchell Youth Council launched a significant and innovative campaign ‘Cyber Tattoo – It’s There For Life.’ Made possible through the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services ‘It’s There For Life’ grant, the campaign was created to generate awareness for online safety and assist young people to be respectful and responsible online.

Danielle Green MP, Mayor Rodney Parker, CEO Rebecca McKenzie and Councillors were present at Wallan Secondary College to provide support to our Youth Councillors and the work that they have achieved.

Over the past five months Mitchell Youth Council with support from the Mitchell Shire Youth Coordinator Buffy Leadbeater have spent many hours researching, studying and investigating ideas to develop posters, merchandise, information brochures and a significant Social Media Platform to address the issue of Cyber Bullying and online safety for young people.

Youth Council Mayor Eleisha Kubale spoke passionately about the campaign stating, “It became obvious to all of us when discussing and liaising with our peers that we would like to create a campaign that was both distinctive and remarkable. We wanted to make a difference in our community and ensure that people understand the risks that can arise with using social media.”

“This campaign will not stop here today this is just the beginning. The Youth Councillors will work hard over the coming months, promoting, advocating and discussing this campaign across our community. We will imbed this campaign into our duties as Youth Councillors to educate and inform young people aiming to reduce the risk of bullying and anti-social behaviour online.”

The unified voice of Mitchell Youth Council, supported by Mitchell Shire Council, aims to build stronger understanding of how to be ‘Cyber Savvy’ and the risks associated with social media and online technology. The Youth Council is already receiving excellent results from young people through the delivery of this program with multiple ‘likes’ on the Cyber Tattoo Facebook Page.

For further information regarding the campaign, contact Youth Services on 5734 6200 or Facebook/CyberTattoo.ItsThereForLife.

Media Contact:            
Daniel Heiss, Communications Officer
T: (03) 5734 6359
E: [email protected]

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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.

**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.

** 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

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

Flexible Learning Options (FLO) Evaluations – SNAPSHOT DOCUMENT

In 2013 the Central Ranges LLEN completed six FLO program evaluations. Three in the Macedon Ranges and three in Mitchell.

Mitchell programs included:

  1. Euroa Community Education Centre Flexible Learning Options Program (in partnership with Broadford SC)

Certificate I, II and III General Education for Adults

  1. Broadford Secondary College Pre-Cal Program
  2. Seymour College Pre-Cal Program

 

Macedon Ranges programs included:

  1. Gisborne Secondary College CONNECT Flexible Learning Options Program – Certificate I Vocational Preparation
  2. Macedon Ranges Satellite VCAL (associated with Kyneton Secondary College) – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior VCAL Certificate
  3. Kyneton Community Learning CentreFlexible Learning Options Program – Certificate I Vocational Preparation

The Central Ranges LLEN is now releasing a snapshot document that summarising the themes of these six evaluations – to inform the future planning of new and ongoing FLO programs.

http://www.centralrangesllen.org.au/partnerships-networks/education/flexible-learning-options/