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.


Healthy Futures – Community Services and Health Information Day


Participants of Information day with Victoria University trainer Emily Barter

Participants of Information day with Victoria University trainer Emily Barter

Sixteen enthusiastic young women attended the Healthy Future’s Community Services and Health Information day held on Tuesday 23rd July 2013. The day was organised by Central Ranges LLEN and CVGT and kindly hosted by Kyneton Community Learning Centre.

Participants heard from a range of speakers including Nerrisa Fry from the Department of Health, Allied Health workers from Cobaw Community Health and General Manager Mandy Greetham, BUPA Kyneton.   A workshop was run by Victoria University and young student Syke from Gisborne Secondary College spoke about her experiences doing a School Based Apprenticeship.  Sessions were held to assist students in assessing which career option they would like to follow and also to navigate the possible pathways they could discuss with their Career Coordinators.

Students reported gaining a greater understanding of the sector and intent to follow up with their transitions and pathways school contact. The day was successful in building a base of students interested in enrolling in Community Services and Allied Health courses through the VET Cluster in 2014.

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

Healthy Futures Careers Day – Community Services and Allied Health Information day

Recently the Macedon Ranges VET Cluster examined local data around trends for the future in employment within the region.  Macedon Ranges has an increasing ageing population and ageing workforce.  Skills shortages have been noted in both the health and community services areas.  Combined with this there has been decreasing numbers in both Allied Health and Community Services VETis enrolments in recent years.

Recent research has shown that rural secondary students generally have a less awareness of the broad range of health and community service careers available to them. Having contact with health and community services professionals prior to course selection is seen as a major influence on choosing health or community services as a career.  Furthermore establishing relationships between stakeholders has been shown to increase training, work experience, work placement and career opportunities for young people.

Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network and CVGT Australia have had discussions with the Macedon Ranges Careers and Pathways, VET Cluster, registered training organisations and local health and community services organisations to develop strategies to increase young people awareness of careers across these industries.  The Macedon Ranges VET Cluster is discussing a number of options to promoting Health and Community Services as a great career pathway for students.  This has resulted in the development of an Allied Health and Community Services Information Day to be held on Tuesday 23rd July from 9.30am – 2.30pm at the Kyneton Community Learning Centre.

The day is for any Year’s 10 and 11 students who are interested in working in the health and/or community services industry.  There is a limit of 25 places available as we want to ensure there is good interaction and opportunity for a hands on approach.  The day will involve fun and practical activities, workshops and case studies and an opportunity for young people to interact with other young people interested in working in the area.

For more information or to register please contact Lisa Linton Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker. 

Healthy Futures Flyer 2013

Hairdressers and Building Construction Businesses Support Macedon Ranges Trade Training Centre Application


Nineteen people attended an Industry Breakfast aimed at seeking support for a Macedon Ranges Trade Training Centre application which is planned to be released in August by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.  Held at La Cibo Cafe in Gisborne, the breakfast attracted interest from Liberal Candidate for McEwen Donna Petrovich and State Labor Member for Macedon Joanne Duncan.

Representatives from local Hairdressing and Building and Construction businesses were thanked by Gisborne Secondary College staff for their continued support for young local people in proving work experience, school based apprenticeships and structured workplace learning opportunities.

Collectively the group demonstrated support for the proposed application, pledging assistance in providing guidance for fits outs, mentoring, talks and tours of their businesses.  A Tradie Olympics day was also discussed to promote interest in Building and Construction.  Businesses also shared the importance of young people coming to the workplace being;

  • Having greater experience in basic work and trade skills
  • Showing an interest
  • Demonstrating good work ethics
  • Having business management and communication skills

The information obtained will be used to support the writing of the application.  The group was keen to continue to be engaged in an ongoing way throughout the process and into the future.

For more information on the Macedon Ranges Trade Training Centre application proposal please click on the attachment.  To indicate your support please contact Mr Mark Ridgeway Principal Kyneton Secondary College [email protected]

Click to get more Macedon Ranges Trade Training Centre Information

Young People showcased at Macedon Ranges Business Awards

Young people featured strongly at the Macedon Ranges Business Awards held on June 13th 2013 at the Kyneton Town Hall.  In its 11th year, the night highlighted business excellence in areas such as apprenticeships, customer service food and beverage, accommodation and events.

Steven Atkins won the Apprentice award which he undertakes at Macedon Ranges Electrical in Kyneton.

Young woman Paige Brocke who works at Country Cob Bakery in Woodend was the winner for Customer Service excellence.

The award night also highlighted the enormous support Macedon Ranges business provides to local young people through apprenticeships and work experience opportunities.

The evening was complemented by entertainment supplied by young blues musicians Sarah Wilkinson and Jarrod Shaw.

Steven Atkins and Don McCarthy from Macedon Ranges Electrics  Kyneton

Steven Atkins and Don McCarthy from Macedon Ranges Electrics Kyneton 2013

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

KPP 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.