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

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.

Central Ranges LLEN AGM Annual Report 2014-15 FINAL

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

State of Murrindindi’s Children report

Berry Street is undertaking a “State of Murrindindi’s Children report” which aims to collect and collate data on the health and wellbeing of children living in Murrindindi Shire.

As part of this initiative, two community forums (facilitated by Anne Leadbeater) have been planned for June. The aim of the forums is to reach a good understanding of the issues the community want covered in the report, including what specific data sets may be useful and to determine what data may be available from the community and from funded agencies.

See the attached flyer for more info including registration details.

Community Forum V2

Marysville: Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Vibe Hotel
32-42 Murchison Street, Marysville
10.00am – 1.30pm (Lunch provided)

Or

Yea: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Yea Council Chambers
The Semi Circle, Yea
12.00pm – 3.00pm (Lunch provided)

Please RVSP Sue at [email protected] by Tuesday 16th June, as to which forum you are attending and any dietary requirements.

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 

Introduction to Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

An opportunity for businesses to gain a better understanding of what’s involved in an apprenticeship program, including detailed information about the process and assistance available.

Date:Thu 30 April to Thu 30 April
Time: 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Venue:  Macedon Ranges Shire Council – Gisborne Administration & Service Centre
40 Roberston St Gisborne, VIC Australia
Cost: Free

To register click here

For more information please contact:

Lianne Stanton
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 5421 9616

Macedon Ranges Shire Council / Things to sees and do/ Upcoming Events 

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.

Assumption College student Caitlin Maher is named Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year 2014

Assumption College is proud of year 12 student Caitlin Maher, Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year. She won the accolade at the Victorian Training Awards on September 26. Caitlin is completing a Certificate III in Aged Care at Blue Cross Willowmeade Kilmore in collaboration with GOTAFE.

Two other ACK students were finalists in the awards: Olivia Bennetts, who is undertaking a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at the Hidden Valley Restaurant and Joel Brincat, who is completing a Certificate III in Plumbing with Laidlaw Plumbing and Drainage.

The Victorian Training Awards, now in their 60th year, promote and reward outstanding achievement and innovation in vocational education and training. They also acknowledge the strong partnerships between training providers and Victorian businesses which are vital to providing a strong skills base for Victoria.

Caitlin, who hopes to begin a Bachelor of Nursing next year, has won a $10,000 fellowship and will represent Victoria at the 2014 Australian Training Awards in Adelaide on November 21.

According to Willowmeade spokeswoman Mandy Heather, staff and residents are most impressed with Caitlin: “She has impressed them with her maturity, her compassion and her desire to make a difference to the quality of life of the elderly people she cares for.

“She … brings a youthful freshness and vitality to Willowmeade which is greatly appreciated by the residents and her colleagues. No one who knows Caitlin would be surprised if she went on to win the Australian School-based Apprentice Award as well.”