2014 VCAL Achievement Awards – Recognition

Assumption College received two gongs at the recent Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Achievement Awards held at the Sofitel, Melbourne.

VCAL Student Achievement Award for Intermediate Work related Skills – Paris Grattan


Paris (pictured) completed her first-year Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2012, which involved a work placement at Kekeco Childcare in Kilmore. Her dedication and commitment to the industry led to a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship the next year. Paris completed all units in Certificate III in 12 months, impressing her employers and supervisors.

In 2014, Paris continued working with Kekeco Childcare each week as a part-time employee. This benefitted both parties: Paris was given more experience, and Kekeco had a dedicated employee who loved working there.

She completed studies in hospitality at Assumption in 2013 and 2014, was a valuable member of the hospitality class and worked in the Marlhes Restaurant each fortnight. She was part of the VCAL team that organised ACK’s inaugural Relay for Life, which raised $5250 and brought together 300 people from Assumption and the wider community. As part of this team, Paris demonstrated many employability skills.

For her ability to combine work in childcare and hospitality with her schooling at Assumption Paris received the College’s Outstanding Ability to Adapt to New Learning Environments Award 2014.

VCAL Partner Achievement Award – Kilmore Men’s Shed and Assumption College

Last year, Kilmore Men’s Shed contacted Assumption College to see whether a group of students could help them produce a newsletter for their members. Following discussions, VET Business Administration students produced, printed and delivered the newsletter to the Men’s Shed. The members were delighted with the finished product and the students were proud of themselves.

This partnership led to a few of the members coming to the College to work with senior numeracy students to help build billy carts as part of design and measurement. The class looked at the history of carts and the best materials and tools to make them.

By the end of term the students, working in the VCAL workshop alongside members from the Men’s Shed, had built several billy carts. It was a mutually beneficial partnership, acknowledged at the VCAL Achievement Awards.

The partnership was so successful it is continuing this year.


Harry Purcell (from Kilmore Men’s Shed), Jenny Pendlebury (former VCAL Coordinator), Meg Bryar (VCAL teacher) and

Judith Graley, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier.

Alex Houghton – VCAL Coordinator and food technology teacher
[email protected]

To read original article: http://assumption.vic.edu.au/bulletin/new-page-2/may-28-2015/honours-for-a-vcal-student-staff-and-partners-/

Evaluation of the Kyneton Community Learning Centre Flexible Learning Options Report

KCLC logoDuring 2012 a pilot  program was delivered through Kyneton Community Learning Centre (KCLC) targeting disengaged  students aged 14-15 (up to 17 years) in a Certificate I in Vocational Preparation course.

The Flexible Learning Options Advisory Committee, established to provide support to the implementation of the program, decided to evaluate the outcomes against the original objectives to determine the success of the pilot.   It was intended that outcomes could then be reported back to the broader networks to inform future program development and evidence resource requirements.

An evaluation plan was developed using a Flexible Learning Options evaluation framework and tools were developed to measure outcomes. The Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker conducted the research with participants, program deliverers and partners.

The evaluation report investigated the ability of the program to increase the re-engagement into educational/career pathways for dis-engaged young people.  This was measured by the ability of the program to achieve sustained participant engagement, increased opportunities for education and career pathways for participants; increased partner effectiveness in supporting participants during and after the program and learning’s to inform future re-engagement programs.

Evaluation findings concluded that the pilot was successful in re-engaging the majority of young people enrolled for a period beyond the life of the program.  It highlighted the importance of partnerships, high level resourcing, flexibility, program adaptation, and most importantly coordination between stakeholders.

See the Flexible Learning Options Evaluation Executive Summary and Full Report.

CRLLEN staff are able to assist education or training organisations in the evaluation of their Flexible Learning Options Programs with a suite of tools or expert advice.