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/

2014 On Track Survey Results – Now Available

2014 On Track survey results now available

What is On Track?

On Track is a Victorian Government initiative which surveys school leavers who have left school in the last six months to find out if they are on track to a bright future.

On Track ensures school leavers are contacted within six months of leaving school to see if they are on a path to further education, training or employment. It also enables young people to seek further advice and assistance via a referral service if required to get back on track.

A range of reports are produced annually from On Track survey data. These include: Statewide reports Destinations of School Leavers – comprehensive analysis of destinations of Victorian students six months after they leave school. The 2014 report will be published in September. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/research/Pages/ontrackstatewide.aspx

Local level reports Year 12 Completers – destination results and VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admis-sions Centre) tertiary applications and enrolments data for Year 12 completers in each Victorian school. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/research/Pages/ontrackcompleters.aspx

Local Government Area (LGA) Reports – destination pathways of Year 12 com-pleters and Early school leavers for each LGA in Victoria. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/research/Pages/localgovatoz.aspx

Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) Reports – destination pathways of Year 12 completers and Early School Leavers for each LLEN in Victoria. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/research/Pages/LLEN-Reports.aspx

If you have any queries or would like more information on On Track data, please email: [email protected]

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

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.

 

Education, vocational and employment pathway options for young people with a disability

The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, through its partnership networks, is committed to supporting young people with a disability having access high quality educational, vocational, job skill and employment pathway options.

The National Disability Agreement (2009) represents the peak partnership agreement between the Australian state and territory governments. The ‘Agreement’ establishes the roles and responsibilities of each level of government to achieve agreed objectives and outcomes for people with a disability, their families and carers in a coherent and ‘joined up’ manner.

The Victorian response to the National Disability Agreement places a significant emphasis on the principle that every young person with a disability who is able to work should have an opportunity to participate in employment and should be actively supported to do so.  Both parents and teachers share a significant role in helping young people identify their future aspirations and work-readiness skills.

A range of resources and services are available to support the career development of young people with disabilities. These include universal career development resources and those specifically customised for young people with disabilities.

Resources for educators can be found at Strengthening Pathways Planning

Resources for parents can be found at Engaging Parents in Careers Conversations (EPICC)

Resources for students can be found at My Future

The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, in partnership with the National Disability Coordinator, bought together and supported planning discussions between career, disability, youth and employment coordinators to establish a ‘Pathways Options’ information workshop for parents and young people.  The result being the delivery of a ‘Transitioning from School’ workshop for students and their parents and carers to be held:

When:                 Wednesday 30th July 2014

Time:                  5:30-7:30pm

Location:           Woodend Neighbourhood House, 47 Forest Street, Woodend

The workshop will focus on options and supports that are available to students with a disability who are transitioning from school, featuring a structured presentation and time with stall holders who can answer specific questions for students, their parents, their support people and carers.

Open to students, parents, carers, educators, carers coordinators, integration aides, youth and disability workers and special education coordinators and all others interested.

Contact:                 Mark Cottee, National Disability Coordinators Officer, Northern Victoria

Email:                     [email protected]

Phone:                    02 6055 6309

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).

Central Ranges LLEN – Annual General Meeting 2014

The Central Ranges LLEN Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 20th May at the Kilmore Racing Club, Kilmore.

The Central Ranges LLEN Chair, Doreen Power, presented a summation of activities throughout 2013 which Executive Officer, Boyd Maplestone elaborated on in his Annual Report.

Copies of the Annual Report and presentation can be found at Central Ranges LLEN Annual General Meeting 2014 page.

Kylie Lethbridge, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, gave a very informative overview on how she and her Team have established strategies to work collaboratively with the local community to develop, grow and sustain initiatives thus enabling opportunities for vibrant growth within the Shire.

The Annual Christine Cox Trailblazer Award was presented to Pauline Neil, Coordinator of Youth Development with the Macedon Ranges Shire for her outstanding leadership in analysing key local issues, specifically in the field of mental health prevention.

Acknowledgement was also given to fellow Award Nominees:

  • Jim Alsop Principal Broadford Secondary College (Educational Leadership),
  • Barry Van Weeghel Coordinator Satellite VCAL Kyneton Secondary College (promotion of Flexible Learning Options Programs) and
  • Greg Sharp Trainer in Building & Construction, Broadford Secondary College (support of Vocational & Educational Training)

Joe Anka, General Manager Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Doreen Power, Director Clinical Services, Tweddle Child & Family Health Services were elected to the Central Ranges LLEN Board of Management for a two year term. For information on the Board click on our Central Ranges LLEN Board of Management page.

Proceedings finished with a light lunch.

Thank you to all the Central Ranges LLEN members and guests who attended the Meeting.  We also look forward to continued support from our Membership base in 2014.

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.

Welcome New Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker – Veronica Hunt

Veronica Hunt photoThe Central Ranges Local Learning and Education Network (CRLLEN) welcomes Veronica Hunt (Ronnie). Ronnie takes over from Lisa Linton in the role of Partnership Broker for Macedon Ranges.

Ronnie comes to the Central Ranges LLEN with experience in working with at risk children, young people and families in the fields of Child Protection, Juvenile Justice and Early Childhood for both the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and a number of community based human service programs.  Ronnie has worked with and across a number of community based partnerships (Best Start and School Focused Youth Services) supporting the development and enhancement of integrated systems of services that can respond to the emerging needs of children, young people and families in local settings.

We welcome Ronnie into the role of Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker and look forward to her working with local stakeholders to ensure young people in our communities are engaged in education, employment and training.

You can contact Veronica Hunt here.

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