2014 On Track Survey Results – Now Available

2014 On Track survey results now available

What is On Track?

On Track is a Victorian Government initiative which surveys school leavers who have left school in the last six months to find out if they are on track to a bright future.

On Track ensures school leavers are contacted within six months of leaving school to see if they are on a path to further education, training or employment. It also enables young people to seek further advice and assistance via a referral service if required to get back on track.

A range of reports are produced annually from On Track survey data. These include: Statewide reports Destinations of School Leavers – comprehensive analysis of destinations of Victorian students six months after they leave school. The 2014 report will be published in September. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/research/Pages/ontrackstatewide.aspx

Local level reports Year 12 Completers – destination results and VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admis-sions Centre) tertiary applications and enrolments data for Year 12 completers in each Victorian school. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/research/Pages/ontrackcompleters.aspx

Local Government Area (LGA) Reports – destination pathways of Year 12 com-pleters and Early school leavers for each LGA in Victoria. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/research/Pages/localgovatoz.aspx

Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) Reports – destination pathways of Year 12 completers and Early School Leavers for each LLEN in Victoria. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/research/Pages/LLEN-Reports.aspx

If you have any queries or would like more information on On Track data, please email: [email protected]

Assumption College & 3 students finalists in the 2014 Victorian Training Awards

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Assumption College is proud to announce that three of our students are finalists in the Victorian Training Awards as well as Assumption College being a finalist in the VET in Schools excellence category.

Olivia Bennetts is completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at the Hidden Valley Restaurant, Joel Brincat is undertaking a Certificate III in Plumbing with Laidlaw Plumbing and Drainage and Caitlin Maher is completing a Certificate III in Aged Care at Blue Cross Willowmeade. All are finalist in the category of Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year.

Assumption College is also a finalist in the VET in Schools Excellence Award. This year the College has 367 students studying a VET (Vocational Education and Training) programme in a choice of 26 different industries as well as 41 students enrolled in a SBAT (School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship) in 17 different Industries. Mrs Carol Fisher has been the VET/SBAT Coordinator at the College for the past eight years.

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.

Winners of individual awards each receive a $10,000 fellowship and the opportunity to represent Victoria at the 2014 Australian Training Awards in Adelaide. Winners of the VET in Schools Excellence Award also receive prize money of $10,000 each for investment in their training programs.

The Victorian Training Awards will be presented in the Palladium Room at Crown Casino on Friday, September 26.

Assumption College Kilmore student 2014 SBAT finalists L-R Caitlin Maher - Aged Care, Joel Brincat - Plumbing & Olivia Bennetts - Commercial Cookery

Assumption College Kilmore student 2014 SBAT finalists L-R Caitlin Maher – Aged Care, Joel Brincat – Plumbing & Olivia Bennetts – Commercial Cookery

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Assumption College Kilmore 2014 finalists L-R Caitlin Maher – Aged Care, Mrs Carol FIsher VET/SBAT Coordinator ACK & Olivia Bennetts – Commercial Cookery Back Row: Joel Brincat – Plumbing

 

 

2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize and Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School

Congratulations to Assumption College past student Lauren Parkinson (Alumni 2013) on being awarded:

  1. VCAL School-based Apprentice/Trainee for 2013
  2. 2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize
  3. Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School in the Victorian State category

The Australian Vocational Student Prize recognises the achievements of students who completed their senior secondary studies while undertaking vocational education and training in schools or an Australian school-based Apprenticeship.

The Prime Minister’s Award recognises the student’s determination and commitment in achieving outstanding outcomes while completing their qualification, along with their involvement in the community and their leadership qualities. These awards promote the benefits of vocational education and reflect the commitment of schools to making vocational learning a valuable and rewarding experience for students. The PM’s Award has been awarded to no more than 20 students annually since 2005. This really is a wonderful achievement for both the student and the school.

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Picture: Mr Michael Kenny, Principal – Assumption College Kilmore, The Hon. Martin Dixon MP, Minister for Education and Miss Lauren Parkinson.

Lauren Parkinson is someone with a lot of experience providing care to others. She used the illness of a family member to inspire her – to undertake nursing and, in her words, to “bring dignity and respect to people” needing nursing. She trained in care and assistance for the elderly at the Seymour Memorial Hospital in Seymour, and later at BlueCross Willowmeade. “Lauren is a very empathetic carer who is passionate about delivering person-centered care to our residents” boasts BlueCross Willowmeade. It was there she picked up a Top 4 Trainee in Aged Care award at the industry annual awards ceremony in 2013. As she studied for her School Based Apprenticeship in Aged Care, Lauren was equally active on the sports field. She not only completed a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance and a Certificate III in Aged Care, she also undertook a Certificate II in Sport and Recreation.Her teachers and nominator agree – Lauren is a remarkable young woman. As she starts out on her Bachelor of Nursing at RMIT in 2014, she will no doubt continue to inspire with the sensitivity and compassion she brings to those needing care.

2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize

Congratulations to Mikeala Bennetts (Alumni 2013) Assumption College for also being awarded an Australian Vocational Student Prize for 2013.  This award recognises the achievements of students who completed their senior secondary studies while undertaking vocational education and training in schools or an Australian school-based Apprenticeship.

NB: Original content of this article taken form Assumption College website

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

Marlhes Restaurant at Assumption College – Open for bookings

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The Marlhes Restaurant at Assumption College is fully licensed training facility, run by VETis Hospitality students and overseen by renowned chef and trainer Mr Nigel Engel.

Open to the public, this provides students the experience of cooking and serving within an operational facility with ‘real’ customers and underpinning theory learnt in the classroom.

The restaurant is now open Wednesday fortnightly begining 5th March 2014 during Terms 1 & 2. Bookings close by 5pm on the Monday before the restaurant is opens.

To secure your booking please click here

PACTS Facilitator Training – Youth Connect

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Youth Connect is offering two opportunities to participate in a Government funded PACTS Facilitator Training program at Youth Connect in Moorabbin, Melbourne in February:

·         Full 2 day Facilitator Training on the 10th & 11th February 2014 (see flyer):limited places available.

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·         Refresher course: 1 Day Facilitator Training on February 13th February 2014 (see flyer)

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PACTS: Parents As Career Transition Support is a series of workshops including resources that assist parents to support their sons and daughters to explore career ideas as well as update them on the education and training pathways available to young people today. ‘Parents’ includes carers, foster parents, case workers, youth workers, community education facilitators, in fact anyone who has contact with young people and is in a position to support  them with their future direction.

PACTS Training Information Pack

We have a number of PACTS Facilitator Training sessions in the pipeline for regional Victoria and metro Melbourne. To register your interest to participate in PACTS Facilitator training at Youth Connect or to express interest in attending a training session in  your region please submit an application online here: http://www.youthconnect.com.au/career-transition-programs/pacts/book-now

If you would like to discuss hosting PACTS Facilitator training in your region please contact Mary Licciardo directly.

Please forward this information to your colleagues or anyone who you think could benefit from this opportunity.

Mary Licciardo
PACTS Program Development Officer – VIC/TAS
Level 3, 1001 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin, 3189
Phone (03) 8306 6300 | Fax (03) 8306 6301 | Direct  (03) 8306 6320
Mobile 0409 121 267 Email: [email protected]
www.youthconnect.com.au

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.

Australian Vocational Student Prize – Nominations Open

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The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Assistant Minister for Education announced the opening of the nomination period on 18 October 2013 and encouraged schools across Australia to nominate students for the Prize.

Schools are invited to nominate outstanding Year 12 students who have undertaken a Vocational Education and Training in Schools programme or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship as part of their senior secondary certificate. Students can be nominated by their school principal, teacher or a Vocational Education and Training Coordinator.

These prizes recognise the importance of Vocational Education and Training and School-Based Apprenticeships in helping young Australians build great careers in industries which are looking for highly-skilled employees.

Up to 500 students will be awarded $2000 and a certificate. The highest achieving AVSP winners are also eligible for the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School, with an additional $2000 for the winners.

Schools are invited to nominate up to two students if the school has fewer than 25 VET enrolments or up to four students if the school has 25 or more VET enrolments.More information on the eligibility criteria is available at www.education.gov.au/australian-vocational-student-prize.

Nominations are required to be submitted by 8:00 pm (AEDT) on 29 November 2013.