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.

Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker – Applications now open!!

CRLLEN LogoThe Central Ranges LLEN is seeking applications for the Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker position. We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced person with the ability: To broker sustainable partnerships between schools, industry, community, training providers and parents to ensure young people in the region have access to rewarding learning and employment pathways. Community Development skills and experience would be of benefit.  An attractive salary with fully maintained organisational car and petrol including some private use. Applicants must respond to process outlined in the position description. For further information contact Boyd Maplestone.

Click here for:  Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker Position Description

Applications close 9am Monday 7th April.

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

Welcome Back Hume Partnership Broker – Therese Thompson

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The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes back Therese Thompson from maternity leave this year. Therese returns to the position of Hume Partnership Broker, encompassing the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Therese has enjoyed time with her new daughter, Leila Rose in 2013 and now looks forward to reconnecting with all our partners in supporting young people across Mitchell and Murrindindi.

Macedon Ranges VET Cluster Develops RTO Checklist

image002With significant changes to the Vocational Education & Training (VET) system in 2012 and 2013 there have been increasing numbers of Registered Training Organisation (RTO) delivering Vocational Education & Training in School (VETis) courses across Victoria.

As a lead up to the annual RTO/TAFE presentation day the Macedon Ranges VET Cluster developed a Checklist to enable them to ask specific questions of the RTO’s to assess the quality of the service they could potentially provide.  In the lead up to final selection of RTO’s to deliver courses in 2014 the checklist was used by schools in making final decisions about the most suitable provider.

Feedback received from schools was that the Checklist for Assessing Quality RTO enabled them to make informed decisions about a potential RTO to deliver a quality course for students.

 

Central Ranges VCAL Network Showcases Program for 2013

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In December VCAL Coordinators and staff from across the areas of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Macedon Ranges re-invigorated the Central Ranges VCAL Network by showcasing projects and student achievements in 2013.  Projects and activities included:

·         Black tie dinner and silent auction

·         Entry into Hepatitis B Photography Awards

·         Participation in Driver Education, L2P Program and RACV Transmission project

·         Planning and instigating a room make-over

·         Production of “How to” DVD’s

·         Volunteering at a Community Kitchen

·         Writing local media articles,

·         Completing First Aid and other courses

·         Building Landcare Penguin boxes

·         Learning boxing

·         Involvement in peer support project

·         Visits to local Men’s Shed, and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

·         Attendance at a number of camps

The network also developed an action plan for 2014 which includes, increasing the ability and confidence of members to comply with accreditation processes, promoting best practice, increasing connections with local community, and supporting and mentoring members.  A number of combined VCAL activities are planned for 2014.  For more information please contact Lisa Linton at Central Ranges LLEN 57 811 014.

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.

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Engaging Families in Careers Conversations

On Wednesday November 27, Sacred Heart College, Kyneton in conjunction with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Central Ranges LLEN, delivered a Careers evening for parents of Years 7 to 10 students. The workshop focussed on the importance of having positive conversations with their children about the future of work.

Topics covered during the evening included:

  • Understanding what interests and motivates your child

  • Data and trends in local, regional and national job markets

  • Tools and strategies for constructive conversations

  • Accessing relevant careers information

  • Career resilience and the changing world of work

  • Stages of career development

  • The importance of networking

Over seventy parents actively participated in the activities, DVD’s and presentations designed to teach practical tools to assist in supporting their child with career guidance. In 2014 it is intended to expand the sessions to involve other schools in the Macedon Ranges Careers and Pathways Network.

Julie Matricardi-Old (Careers Department Sacred Heart), Lisa Linton (Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker, CRLLEN) Fiona Peck and Alan Davies (DEECD, Regional Careers)

Julie Matricardi-Old (Careers Department Sacred Heart), Lisa Linton (Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker, CRLLEN) Fiona Peck and Alan Davies (DEECD, Regional Careers)

Central Ranges Transition to Secondary School (T.O.P.S) Workshops

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Building on the successful Parent Transition session held in Macedon  Ranges in 2012, three  sessions were delivered across the Central Ranges LLEN area in November 2013. Following meetings with local small primary school principals, sessions were organised in Pyalong, Lancefield and Tylden Primary Schools.

T.O.P.S stands for Transition, Organisation, Planning and Sharing which are the basic principles used by Trainers from Pelican Educational Services to assist parents in supporting their young person moving from Primary to Secondary School.

Funded through the Central Ranges LLEN, Kaye Bills and Glenda Fisher from Pelican Educational Services presented a relaxed workshop style approach to a small and committed group of parents at each school addressing  key issues and concerns of attendees.

Topics covered included;

  • How secondary school is different to primary school?

  • How to assist in organising your child?

  • Fostering and maintaining good relationships with the school?

  • Assisting with homework

Parents were given resources kits which outlined different approaches to help with project work, organising ideas, and planning tools. The feelings that parents face when their child leaves primary school and becomes more independant were also covered.

Parents fed back that the sessions had answered many of the questions raised, as a result they felt more confident with the transition process .  A number of parents felt that they would be better able to assist their young person by understanding different ways they could engage with their learning post the workshop.

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.