Murrindindi Training Institute – Business Development Manager appointed

MTIThe Murrindindi Training Institute (MTI) has appointed a new Business Development Manager to increase partnering opportunities with local industry to deliver training across Murrindindi Shire.

Silke Koerner has been appointed to the role.  Silke comes with excellent recent experience as Director of Learning at the Outdoor Education Group in Eildon.

Silke’s role also includes facilitating local training and business networks to increase education and training options.

If you would like to know more about MTI or ways in which to get involved in local training networks – contact her on 5772 3220 or 0429 408 149.


GOTAFE Seymour VETis Taster Day 2013

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GOTAFE are pleased to announce a VETis Taster Day on Friday 23rd August 2013 from 9.30am – 12pm at the Seymour Campus in Wallis St, Seymour.

The following areas will be showcased with “rolling” interactive short workshops and info sessions for interested students:

·         Cabinetry

·         Sport & Recreation

·         Hairdressing

·         Hospitality

·         CISCO – which is now on offer at Seymour in 2014!

For more information please contact:

Jon Lee
Commercial Manager – Technical Education Centres – Shepparton & Wangaratta
School Liaison Coordinator
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
(m) 0481 007 889
(t) 03 5833 2903

Welcome New Staff Member

Partnership Broker Hume - Helen Nielsen

Partnership Broker Hume – Helen Nielsen

The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes Helen Nielsen to the position of Hume Partnership Broker which encompasses the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Helen has taken over from Carmen Fifield in the maternity leave position while our previous Hume Partnership Broker, Therese Hippisley, enjoys time with new baby, Leila Rose, who arrived just before Christmas.

Helen comes to the CRLLEN with experience in employment services, working with vulnerable youth and the community as well as a background in marketing. Helen has a passion for education to be available to all people and the development and growth of opportunities for our local youth across the sectors of education, industry and community.

We wish Helen all the very best in her new role and look forward to working together and supporting her to ensure young people in our communities are engaged in education, employment or training.

Helen’s contact details can be found on the staff page

Partnership Broker New Role

Partnership Broker - Carmen Fifield

Partnership Broker – Carmen Fifield

Carmen Fifield has been with the CRLLEN since January 2013 filling the position of the Hume Partnership Broker’s Maternity Leave position.

In June, Carmen reduced her working load to 2 days per week (Tuesday & Wednesday) taking a general Partnership Broker role within CRLLEN with a focus on communications and marketing as well as responsibility for key projects and supporting the Hume & Macedon Ranges Partnership Brokers.

Please see Carmen’s new contact details on the Staff page

Murrindindi Training Needs Analysis Report 2013 – Plan for Growth – Launched!!

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The Plan for Growth Report was developed as part of the Skills, Training and Workforce Development initiative of the Eildon-Thornton-Alexandra Advancing Country Towns project. It highlights the breadth of training being undertaken within and outside the Shire; trends and gaps in training provision and the current and future needs of key businesses and industry sectors. It will be an important tool for future training and workforce development planning and for maximising employment opportunities within the Shire, particularly for young people and those seeking to retrain or to further develop their skills.

Information was sought from more than 300 local businesses and training providers in compiling the report and its recommendations.

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The report was launched by Cindy McLeish, Member for Seymour and Margaret Rae, Deputy Mayor and Councillor of Murrindindi Shire at the Murrindindi Training Institute – Old Alexandra Hospital, Alexandra.  The launch was also supported by Rowena Naufal, Chair of Murrindindi Training Institute, Gerard Van Emmerik, Department of State Development Business and Industry and Boyd Maplestone CEO of Central Ranges LLEN.

To view the report please go to our Training Needs Analysis page.

Yammer – CRLLEN Social Networking

Yammer is a social network for businesses and companies; this means that unlike other social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, which are designed for public use, Yammer is designed for private communication for members.

The basic set up is free, easy to use, and, perhaps, most importantly, it provides a private, manageable, and secure online space for individuals and organisations to communicate.

It allows everyone to share information more freely and create more opportunities to collaborate together online to strengthen the provision of education and training across our region.

We have Yammer Networks the following local networks:

  1. Youth Training Pathways Network
  2. Lower Hume VET & Pathways Cluster

If you would like to join one of these groups, please sign and return the usage policy attached to each network to become a member.  We have over local 40 members across both networks, which are administered by the Central Ranges LLEN.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to Carmen Fifield

Skills Gateway – Launched

Skills Gateway Launched

A new website has been launched that helps vocational students find the right training. The Victorian Skills Gateway makes it easier to find training that fits, with information about jobs and courses tailored to the needs of different users, including students, adult learners, careers practitioners, employers and parents.

The site features information about different jobs and industries to help users decide what career will most suit them and what training they need to achieve it. There is specific information on areas where there are skills shortages and on specialist occupations. The site focuses on Victorian-specific labour market information, including job prospects, average salaries and regions where specific occupations are typically found.

The Victorian Skills Gateway is easy to use, allowing users to start searching for an occupation, course or a training provider with just a keyword. It is smartphone friendly, and no app downloads are required.

The Victorian Skills Gateway is located at


Cultural Careers Celebration Day 2013

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Cultural Careers Celebration Day

Thursday 30th May 2013

Benalla Community Centre, Benalla 

10am – 2pm   

Cultural Career Celebration Day is aimed at informing Indigenous students in the North Eastern Victoria Region from Year 7-12 and their families, about the opportunities of education training and employment options available in our local community.

The day has support from local and state businesses, tertiary institutions and training providers, who will provide students with access to a range of various displays, presentations and information about the different courses and pathways into further education, training and employment.

Secondary schools students in Mitchell and Murrindindi are encouraged to send students to this engaging and creative day.

What are Celebration Days?

Each year, local careers celebration days for Koorie students and families are held across the North Eastern Victoria Region.

The Cultural Careers Celebration Day aims to provide Secondary Koorie students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of training and employment options, engage with inspirational Koorie speakers and participate in a range of cultural activities and celebrations.

For further information please contact Misti Gow on the below contact details:  0477326757 or [email protected]

Celebration Day Flyer 2013

For more information on previous Cultural Celebration days go to our Indigenous Pathways page.

Victorian Learn Local Awards 2013 – Now Open

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The Victorian Learn Local Awards are held annually by the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board to recognise the inspirational efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Learn Local education and training sector.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Victorian Learn Local Awards. The Learn Local education and training sector makes a significant contribution to Victoria. It delivers the skills that support our economy and underpin the inclusiveness of our communities. The Awards are an opportunity to shine a spotlight on this valuable work. Through the Awards we acknowledge the sector’s many contributions and celebrate the success of learners, practitioners and organisations across the State.

Award categories

In 2013, there are some new and exciting Award categories with a total of $35,000 available to winners across five categories:

  • Outstanding Pre-accredited Learner
  • Outstanding Pathways Program
  • Outstanding Practitioner
  • Excellence in Creating Local Solutions
  • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Provision

This year, there are also two new acknowledgement categories:

  • Learn Local for Business
  • Learn Local Legend

Click here for more information and to nominate

NAB Schools First Funding – NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for this year’s NAB Schools First Awards. These awards support creative school – community partnerships that address a variety of student needs.

Applications open 9am Tuesday 5 March 2013 and close 5pm Friday 28 June 2013.

This year there are three award categories for this year’s NAB Schools First Awards: Impact, Seed and Student. To help kick start ideas for applications there are eight themes that can be used as ‘thought starters’ across the Seed Funding and Student Award categories which will help students think about the different ways that students needs can be met by partnering with the community.

These key themes encapsulate the ways in which school-community partnerships are providing students with resources, knowledge and expertise to face the challenges of the twenty-first century.

These themes are based on areas that schools around Australia are already engaged in within their communities and address a variety of student needs and include:

Living sustainably
Being active and well
Caring for your community
Embracing diversity
Asia ready
Work ready
Entrepreneurial spirit

Open Link to further information: