School Based Apprenticeships – Employer Breakfast Invitation

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Lower Hume VET Cluster with Assumption College Kilmore invite you to attend a Business Breakfast to learn about how School Based Apprenticeships could assist your business.

Special guest speakers, Kevin Sheedy (ambassador for SBA) and Caitlin Maher 2014 Victorian School Based Apprentice of the Year, will attend the breakfast to give their view on School Based Apprenticeships.

Date: Wednesday 12th August 2015
Time: 7:15am – 8:45am
Venue: Marlhes Centre at Assumption College Kilmore
Cost: $15.00
Bookings essential, limited places.
Book at: http://www.trybooking.com/IMEJ

Business Breakfast at ACK Invitation

*In the News* Sunbury & Gisborne Jobs Expo

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Young job seekers looking for direction can find some answers at a free careers expo at Sunbury later this month.

With youth unemployment in the north-west hovering around 20 per cent, Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) chief executive Trent McCarthy said it was important for young people to map out a career plan.

He said the newly expanded Sunbury and Gisborne Careers and Jobs Expo was a great place to start with more than 45 exhibitors, including employers, universities and training providers, on hand to provide ideas and advice.

‘‘The whole idea is to encourage them to really step back and think about their career,’’ Mr McCarthy said.

Gisborne’s Carly Barker is someone who has successfully followed local pathways. Ms Barker completed a medical administration traineeship with Gisborne Medical while still a student at Gisborne Secondary College. She’s now studying for a nursing qualification while working at the clinic.

‘‘I worked one day a week, every day for a year, which didn’t interrupt school and gave me a real head-start,’’ she said.

‘‘With so many things being online, you don’t necessarily have to travel … it’s definitely worth looking into the options that are out there.’’

Gisborne Medical general manager Riwka Hagen said ongoing training was a major part of the clinic’s workplace philosophy, making its involvement in the jobs expo a natural fit.

‘‘From medical to nursing to admin, our organisation is a great example of the many options available locally,’’ Ms Hagen said.

Central Ranges LLEN is partnering with Hume Whittlesea LLEN to promote this year’s expo. Hume and Macedon Ranges councils and the Sunbury Business Association are also on board.

Association vice-president Marnie Harding said the expo would provide information about the many career and employment pathways available in the area.

‘‘SBA sees this expo as extremely important for Sunbury and Gisborne as it will help shape our children’s future and benefit our community in many ways,’’ Ms Harding said.

The free expo is at Sunbury Memorial Hall from 3.30 to 6.30pm on July 22.

Details: email [email protected]

– See more at: http://www.starweekly.com.au/news/guidance-for-job-seekers-at-sunbury-gisborne-expo/pub/sunbury_macedon_ranges/#sthash.T9xmRehj.dpuf

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Sunbury / Gisborne Careers & Jobs Expo

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Find some answers at the Sunbury / Gisborne Careers & Jobs Expo

Date: 22 July 2015
Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Sunbury Memorial Hall, Stawell Street, Sunbury

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to find out about career and job opportunities in Sunbury/Gisborne. Meet with training and higher education providers and local employers and talk to them about career and employment pathways.

For further enquiries email Wendy [email protected]

Central Ranges LLEN is pleased to partner with Hume Whittlesea LLEN in promoting this exciting event.

2015 CRLLEN AGM & Annual Report

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The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network held its 2015 Annual General Meeting on 19 May 2015 at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Trackside,

The 2015 Annual General Meeting opened with a briefing for members about the results of the work of the LLEN in 2014/15 and the news that LLENs around Victoria have been provided with a State Government funding commitment for the next four years, after a period of uncertainty. A new statement of the LLEN’s strategic direction was also shared with members.

Ordinary business included:

  • confirmation of the minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting
  • committee reports of the transactions of the association during 2014
  • election of officers of the association
  • appointment of an auditor of the association for the year
  • receipt and consideration of the statement submitted by the association in accordance with section 30[3] of the Act.

Guest Speakers

  • Jaclyn Symes, MLC for Northern Victoria
  • Don Gibbons, Principal, Seymour Flexible Learning Centre
  • Zac, a student at Seymour Flexible Learning Centre

Christine Cox Trailblazer Awards

Each year the Central Ranges LLEN Board recognises people (professionals or volunteers) who have demonstrated excellent leadership in achieving education, training and employment opportunities for local young people.  Each recipient is awarded the Christine Cox Trailblazer Award, and receives $500 towards their strategic projects that support local young people.  The award is named after founding board member and staff member Christine Cox.  Christine worked tirelessly to facilitate training and employment opportunities, especially through the Lower Hume VET and Pathways Cluster and is recognised for her outstanding achievements in our local community.

The Trailblazer award recipient for 2015 was:

Buffy Leadbeater, Coordinator Youth Services at Mitchell Shire Council

Acknowledgement was also given to fellow Award Nominees:

Jana Ash, Workplace Learning Coordinator, CVGT

Jeynelle McLennan, Student Wellbeing Officer, Seymour College

Elected Board members

The following nominees were elected to the board for two years until May 2017:

Schools – Tony GoodenTAFE Institutes – Jenny JacksonLocal Government – John Walsh

Other Community Agency – Tricia Quibell

Koorie Organisations – Lawrence Moser

Community – Mike Dalmau

Chair & CEO Reports

The Annual Report was presented to members and guests at the 2015 AGM.

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Highlights included:

  • Training Needs in Macedon Ranges and Murrindindi
  • Transfield Services Partnership
  • Environmental Scan 2014
  • Koori Celebration Day 2014
  • Introduction to Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding Industry

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

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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.

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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-/

Women in the Energy Industries Conference

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Women in the Energy Industries Conference

23 – 24 April 2015
Novotel, St Kilda Vic
Entry from $30

Energy Space Events is hosting E-Oz Energy Skills Australia’s third annual Women in the Energy Industries Conference in Melbourne on the 23rd and 24th of April 2015. The conference will build on the success of previous years, drawing together industry stakeholders and equity experts to consider methods for increasing female participation in the energy sector trades and reigniting the conversation about promoting non-traditional roles to women. The particular focus of this year’s conference will be on:

  • early intervention and building awareness of opportunities for female employment in the energy sector at school age,
  • the conversation of can be done – with presentations of various existing initiatives across the States and Territories, and the opportunity to workshop and brainstorm new ideas.

This year the conference is running for two days, with guest speakers and hot topic discussions on the first day, then a workshop session on the second day.

For the first time, Energy Skills Australia will also run a separate Career Information Session for female high school students and Career Advisers. This workshop aims to encourage young women to take up these trades and to equip Career Advisers with relevant information about Energy Sector trades specific to women.

On day two in the afternoon there will be a session for Career Advisors and Students. The session will showcase some current females working in the Energy Sector and highlight some of the Career options available. If Career advisors complete the survey they get $30 entry for the afternoon.

For more info click here

 

ABC 774 – Join The Conversation on Youth Unemployment

Great radio conversation about youth unemployment in the northern suburbs and Hume area, with specific reference to flexible learning options. Join the conversation hour with ABC 774 Melbourne to catch the discussions.

**IN THE NEWS** Youth Unemployment Crisis

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Wallan Secondary College connecting employers and and schools.

Mitchell Shire has been identified in the Hume region as one of 10 hot spots across Australia in need of urgent attention with a youth unemployment rate of 17.5%. Click on the link for more information.

** IN THE NEWS ** Our Kitchen Rules

Our Kitchen Rules ASSUMPTION College has taken vocational training in hospitality to another level for its students with the Marlhes Restaurant.

Hospitality students are trained in all facets of restaurant functions and by obtaining the relevant work authority certification during the course, such as Responsible Service of Alcohol and Food Handlers Certificate, are able to find work immediately at a variety of venues.
The student staff are courteous professional and more than capable of handling their roles thanks to their expert tutelage from Head Chef Nigel Engel, once of Australia’s most highly decorated chefs and local restaurant manager Peiter Siebel.

Chef Engel is a life member of the Australian Federation of Chefs, a life member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, an international association of professionals in Gastronomy from over 80 countries dedicated to fine dining and a member of Les Toques Blanches, a worldwide recognised association of executive chefs.

While the Marlhes Restaurant is at Assumption College, with 19 ACK Year 10, 11 and 12 students undertaking study, both tutors are enthusiastic in ensuring all students within the district are given the opportunity to undertake training there.

Wallan Secondary College also has five students participating in the program and both Chef Engel and Mr Siebel are hopeful other schools will also take advantage of the exceptional facilities avaiable for students interested in a career in hospitality.

“It has always been the outlook that the Marlhes would be a local hub for hospitality training and expand to include other schools in the district,” Mr Siebel said.
“Video conferencing facilities are in the works so that students can attend classes via remote access and this is hoped to be operational from next year.”
“We aim to give all students a broad range of knowledge in service, from fine dining service, to café service to buffets. We aim to prepare all the students for what the industry is really like,” Chef Engel said.
“It is not just for those students who wish to enter this profession , it is also trains students in skills they can use and be employed in during their further study of choice.
“Hospitality also teaches people to work sequentially, how to study, how to work as a team and handle pressure and deal with difficult customers and errors, all skills valuable in any workplace.”
All students work under strictly regulated conditions. Wear full chef uniforms in the kitchen, smart and precise front of house uniforms, follow food safety guidelines, including the storage of food and cleanliness of workspaces.
“I am also very strict on their work ethic. On a day the restaurant is open, work begins at 1pm. That means they must be here, dressed and ready to start work at 1pm, not here, but still to get dressed and having a chat. That wouldn’t happen in a real workplace and this is “real world teaching” and that is why it is successful. These students learn in a kitchen that is the same as a real commercial kitchen.
They know how to use the equipment, what the rules are and that is why they can start work at any restaurant once their training is complete,” Chef Engel said.
Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 can undertake Vocational Industry based training at the Marlhes Restaurant.

Front of house operations are covered in subjects VET 1 & 2, with an introduction to kitchen operations, and kitchen service and cooking is covered in VET 3 & 4.
Chef Engel and Mr Siebel have nothing but praise for their VET students, with Chef Engel describing his return to cooking after years away from the craft as “a passion that has been reborn thanks to the energy and commitment shown by his students.”

The Marlhes Restaurant is named after the region in France the Christian Brothers originated from. The restaurant is open every fortnight on a Wednesday evening, with bookings available on the Assumption College website via the Trybooking program.
Bookings are full for all evenings of operation in term 2. Keen diners are encouraged to get in early for Term 3 openings.

Article source: Newspaper House Tuesday 24th March 2015 

Seymour Flexible Learning Centre – now taking enrolments!

Enrolments are now being taken for secondary aged students who would benefit from a flexible learning approach.This educational opportunity will support students from year 9 to 12 re-engage with learning in a supported environment with a modified timetable, to suit the individual young person. Join the Tour at 50 Tallarook Street, Seymour, on Tuesday on the 10th February at 5pm. For further details please call Don Gibbons on 0419 481 754.