Learn Local Awards – Kyneton Community & Learning Centre nomination

Learn Local logoThe Central Range LLEN is pleased to announce a resident Learn Local, Kyneton Community & Learning Centre’s has been nominated for a State government Learn Local Award under the Creating Local Solutions category, for the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis Project.

This project has been shortlisted to the finalist stage (3 finalists in each category). This is great news and a terrific recognition of the work undertaken, outcomes achieved and contributions of all involved in this partnership project.

The 2014 Victorian Learn Local Award presentations will be held on the evening of Thursday 28 August in St Kilda Town Hall commencing 6.30 pm. The awards will be presented by the Hon. Nick Wakeling MP, Minister for Higher Education and Skills.

See full list of Learn Local Awards 2014 Finalists

Learn Local – new Website

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The Adult, Community and Further Education Board has recently launched a new website for the Learn Local education and training sector: Learn Local 

The website makes it easy to learn more about eh 316 diverse Learn Local non-for-profit providers that deliver government subsidised training.  It includes a range of features such as learners’ stories, a Learn Local provider search function, news and events and an easy way to browse study options.

Learn Locals help over 110,000 learners each year to upgrade their skills or develop new ones.

The Central Ranges LLEN has developed many partnerships with Learn Locals across Murrindindi (Murrindindi Training Institute), Mitchell (Flexible Learning Options) and Macedon Ranges (Training Needs Analysis and Flexible Learning Options), who are crucial in providing flexible training options for young people and community.

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.

National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference


In 2014 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is holding a National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment Conference in Melbourne on 1-2 May 2014.

Participation in, and feedback on, our first two  National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conferences was extremely positive and convinced us that there is a continued need for this kind of event and activity. The conference has been extended to a full two-day conference for 2014. The aim of the 2014 Conference is to build on the first two successful conferences and address the issue of lifelong learning and how to improve work and life skills for youth and adults by investing in effective programs, policies and practices that target the core skills of literacy and numeracy. The results of Australia’s foundation skills’ performance in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) have been released in late 2013. One focus of the two-day 2014 National Adult LLN Assessment Conference therefore will be to look at the results of both PISA and PIAAC and the implications for both policy and practice in post-compulsory education programs in schools and in vocational, adult and workplace education, but also for lifelong learning and full participation as an individual, as a community member and as a worker. As such the title of the 2014 conference is Foundation skills and lifelong learning – what does the evidence from international assessments tell us about improving work and life skills? Sessions will include a range of plenary sessions from international and national speakers, and also practical workshops and presentations from a range of sectors about how to work successfully with youth and adults to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, including the need to address the issue of assessment in LLN.

We have a terrific range of people presenting including our keynote speakers:

William Thorn, Senior Analyst, OECD

Linda Shohet, PhD, Executive Director of The Centre for Literacy, Canada

For more information about the conference and program please see: http://www.acer.edu.au/nallnac

CEACA – Term 1 program


The Continuing Education and Arts Centre of Alexandra (CEACA) has published its Term One program.  For anyone interested in Technology, Community Services, Children Services, Disability, Training and Assessment, Outdoor Education, Workplace Hygiene, Food Safety, Responsible Serving of Alcohol courses, plus many more – have a look at CEACA’s program:

CEACA Courses Term 1 2014

Woodend Neighbourhood House – Check out Term 1 offerings

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Woodend Neighbourhood House has some excellent new course offerings to engage people with a variety of interests.

Have a look at their Term 1 2014 Course Guide which includes pathways courses as well as specific courses like Teen cooking, Creative writing and Environmental Photography.

For more information contact Woodend Neighbourhood House on 03 5427 1845.

State-wide Learn Local Awards – Kyneton Community Learning Centre Finalist

Kyneton Community Learning Centre (KCLC) was a finalist for the 2013 Learn Local Awards announced by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Peter Hall, MLC.  The Learn Local Awards recognise the exceptional efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Victorian Learn Local education and training sector.

There is a total of $35,000 available to winners in five categories.  The category of nomination for KCLC is in “Excellence in Creating Local Solutions” which recognises the efforts of both the Learn Local and their significant partners in delivering a collaborative project.

Central Ranges LLEN support included:

  • Provision of funding to support a trainer to develop the program and consult with local stakeholders on referral pathways, partnership support and delivery options
  • Facilitated an advisory committee to identify issues, develop collective solutions and support the implementation of the program.
  • Brokering meetings between organisations to encourage referrals and to clarify roles and responsibilities
  • Bringing new stakeholders to the table
  • Providing  linkage to a wide range networks to promote program
  • Supported the implementation of program through knowledge and experience with other FLO programs;
  • Guided the development of an evaluation mechanism for the pilot;
  • Fed back developments from the Youth Partnerships program and fostered connections back to the executive through CEO
  • Conducted evaluation and production of report

The 2013 Awards were presentation at a dinner will be held on Thursday 29 August at the St Kilda Town Hall.  Unfortunately Kyneton Community Learning Centre did not win the award, but was celebrated as an excellent partnership model.

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.


Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis – Moves Towards Phase Two

The Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis (MR TNA) Draft Report has been completed giving a snapshot of current training delivery, partnership models and industry engagement processes by Learn Locals in Macedon Ranges.    The findings of the draft report are based on data research and consultation with a variety of stakeholders.  Consultation included 200 surveys of local business and SWOT Forums.

Data from the draft report will be analysed by the Learn Local Consortium to derive recommendations, develop a marketing and action plan and consolidate into a final report.  As part of this process key industry and business champions will be engaged to verify findings and discuss and prioritise recommendations.

The development of a regional Learn Local Plan (Phase two) will run concurrently with the finalisation of the report and will include working with the Boards of the Learn Local consortium to derive key strategies and timelines.

Phase 3 will commence after June 2013 and will include implementing a number of high priority strategies in the action plan.

Once the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis document is finalised it will be released to the public, having broad implications for schools, training providers, industry and career pathways for young people.  For further information on project go to our Training Needs Analysis page.