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

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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.”

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.

 

Assumption College & 3 students finalists in the 2014 Victorian Training Awards

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Assumption College is proud to announce that three of our students are finalists in the Victorian Training Awards as well as Assumption College being a finalist in the VET in Schools excellence category.

Olivia Bennetts is completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at the Hidden Valley Restaurant, Joel Brincat is undertaking a Certificate III in Plumbing with Laidlaw Plumbing and Drainage and Caitlin Maher is completing a Certificate III in Aged Care at Blue Cross Willowmeade. All are finalist in the category of Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year.

Assumption College is also a finalist in the VET in Schools Excellence Award. This year the College has 367 students studying a VET (Vocational Education and Training) programme in a choice of 26 different industries as well as 41 students enrolled in a SBAT (School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship) in 17 different Industries. Mrs Carol Fisher has been the VET/SBAT Coordinator at the College for the past eight years.

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.

Winners of individual awards each receive a $10,000 fellowship and the opportunity to represent Victoria at the 2014 Australian Training Awards in Adelaide. Winners of the VET in Schools Excellence Award also receive prize money of $10,000 each for investment in their training programs.

The Victorian Training Awards will be presented in the Palladium Room at Crown Casino on Friday, September 26.

Assumption College Kilmore student 2014 SBAT finalists L-R Caitlin Maher - Aged Care, Joel Brincat - Plumbing & Olivia Bennetts - Commercial Cookery

Assumption College Kilmore student 2014 SBAT finalists L-R Caitlin Maher – Aged Care, Joel Brincat – Plumbing & Olivia Bennetts – Commercial Cookery

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Assumption College Kilmore 2014 finalists L-R Caitlin Maher – Aged Care, Mrs Carol FIsher VET/SBAT Coordinator ACK & Olivia Bennetts – Commercial Cookery Back Row: Joel Brincat – Plumbing

 

 

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

Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis Report Launched!!!

On Tuesday 13 May the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis Report 2014 (The Report) was officially launched by the Macedon Ranges Shire Mayor, Roger Jukes at the Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre, Gisborne.

Vital workforce development, training data and information for training providers, schools businesses and industries within Macedon Ranges Shire is now available through ‘The Report’.

Councillor Jukes stated that Macedon Ranges Shire Council, through their Economic Development Strategy, remain “…. committed to identifying the skills and training needs of local businesses and, working in partnership with our various education providers, to address them”. The Report significantly assists training providers and local businesses to strategically position themselves, and the current and future workforces, in order to remain strong and viable within the context of the changing market across the Shire.

Information was sought from more than 250 local businesses and training providers in compiling the report and its recommendations. Facilitation of the project was managed by the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, project managed by Kyneton Community and Learning Centre with funding and support provided by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development—Adult Community Further Education, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Central Ranges LLEN.

The analysis of the data collated during the Project phase has been framed by the identification of opportunities for training providers to respond to defined need.  These opportunities in turn have been expanded to include the major stakeholders who may collaborate to seize that opportunity. In addition, with some recommendations refer to the structure of short courses, particularly with a focus on business operations, which could be tailored in response to the identified needs of local businesses.  Relationships, both current and potential, amongst the Learn Local providers in the Macedon Ranges and other stakeholders such as  Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the community, and education and training providers is identified in ‘The Report’ as being of significance in strategically addressing workforce needs on a sustainable basis.

Through the links established in The Report, and the recently launched Central Ranges LLEN Environmental Scan 2014 report, demand for quality graduates and vocational training are able to be clearly identified and strategically responded too.  The Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis report highlights:

  • Key industries areas of focus, are especially in the Health and Community Services, Tourism and Food Services industries;
  • Unique opportunities in the Equine/Agribusiness sector in the Macedon Ranges;
  • Trends and gaps existing in training provision coupled with the current and future needs of key businesses and industry sectors;
  • For collaborative partnerships with education, training, employment and business stakeholders to be developed where opportunities for employers and students are readily accessible to meet future demands.

For more information contact Boyd Maplestone or Veronica Hunt.

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

MTI – Meeting industry needs in Outdoor Recreation Courses – seeking enrolments

MTI_ColourMurrindindi Training Institute is a community based partnership model that facilitates training to meet the needs of Industry to position graduates for further employment.

Murrindindi Training Institute is located in Alexandra, utilising the old Alexandra Hospital building and the local environment.  The partnership is based on using the expertise of an Industry Advisory Committee which informs the training delivery to meet the standards industry are seeking from graduates.  Subsequently organisations in the advisory committee are committed to providing Certificate IV and Diploma Traineeships to increase their qualified workforce.  Murrindindi Training Institute also offers a Certificate IV and Diploma (non-traineeship) course and is currently seeking enrolments.

For more information contact Murrindindi Training Institute.

Careers in the Racing & Breeding Industry – Racing Victoria & Darley promote opportunities

On Wednesday 27th November, thirteen people from local agencies and secondary schools came together for a whole day at Darley’s stud at Northwood Park to learn about the many varied career paths within the Racing and Breeding Industry.

Racing Victoria spoke about the great opportunities within the racing and breeding industry and the career promotional department within Racing Victoria who offer many different programs to schools along with providing their own work experience and apprentice jockey program.

Natalie Welsh – Victoria’s Learning & Development Manager for Darley said “As an organisation we have a vital role to play in raising awareness and lifting the profile of careers within the sport and associated industries”.”Racing is full of highly skilled workers are there are many opportunities for people and we want to get that message out to potential employees”.

People were given a presentation on the variety of roles in racing, heard first hand from industry local industry guest speaker Penny Reeve from Seymour Racing Club, listened to training provider NCEE – National Centre for Equine Education regarding pathways of courses and opportunities for training. They then had the chance to watch a full Darley stallion parade, tour of the facilities, a demonstration from the equine dentist and enjoy a delicious lunch in the Darley Homestead.

A highlight of the day was a visit with the 2000 Melbourne Cup winning horse, Brew where people had an opportunity to meet him and have a photo taken whilst enjoying the beautiful lawn garden and sunshine.

Seymour Telegraph – Darley Dec4 2013

Murrindindi Youth Partnership

NewLogoVerticalMurrindindi Youth Partnership consists of members from the Murrindindi Shire Council, Job Service Agencies, Workplace Learning Coordinator Program, CRLLEN, Yea High School, Alexandra Secondary College, Nexus Community Health, Youth Agencies & Youth Connections Program, Yea District Memorial, Alexandra Hospitals, Alexandra Community Health, The Apprenticeship Factory, Victoria Police and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The objective of the network is to keep well informed and work together on improving opportunities for keeping students interacting and engaged in school.

The network meets on a regular basis to share and update the latest information available/ provided by each agency so resources can be utilised within the area.

Through this partnership there are many resources and contacts shared for flexible learning options, traineeship and apprenticeship information that assist all schools and parties that are dealing with venerable youth.

This partnership is looking at develop health and well being opportunities, school based apprenticeships and flexible learning programs.  This is assisting the community to move forward and improve youth opportunities.

If you would like to know more including how to get involved then you can contact:

Stuart Coller, Coordinator Youth Development,  Murrindindi Shire on 57 720 712.

Helen Nielsen, Hume Partnership Broker, Central Ranges LLEN on 57 811 014.