** 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 

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

Alexandra Secondary College – Trade Training Centre – opening!!

The Central Ranges Trade Training Centre’s Alexandra Secondary College site has been officially opening on 13th February 2014.

Whilst the building has been in use for 18 months, the official opening to the public was today.

The Central Ranges TTC’s Alexandra Secondary College site delivers Vocational Education and Training in School courses in Hospitality and Building and Construction, to compliment the Automotive facilities at the school.

Local student now have access to excellent facilities, especially in Hospitality to deliver Industry level training.  These facilities can also be used by the community as well as local school students when training programs are offered.  If you are a Training Organisations, Youth or Employment Agency and would like to enquire further – please contact Andrew Johnston Principal of Alexandra Secondary College.

 

Central Ranges Trade Training Centre – Whittlesea & Seymour Openings

The Central Ranges Trade Training Centre officially opened the Whittlesea (Southern Hub) and Seymour (Northern Hub) sites on 26th of August and 4th of September respectively. The completion of both $5.2 Million, state of the art vocational training facilities was completed on time and in budget.  Both facilities are now open to all nine schools in the Central Ranges Trade Training Centre Consortium [Seymour College, St. Mary’s College Seymour, Assumption College, Yea High Schools and Euroa, Broadford, Alexandra, Wallan and Whittlesea Secondary Colleges] for students to undertake VETis school or pathways program training.  The facilities can deliver Industry standard training in Automotive, Engineering, Welding and Building and Construction – up until now unavailable across the region.

The facilities were opened at the time by the Federal Minister of Employment, Skills and Training – Honourable Brendan O’Connor and Federal Member for McEwan – Rob Mitchell, with presentations by Principals Terry Twomey (Whittlesea) and David Mills (Seymour) as well as lead school Principal for the Central Ranges Trade Training Centre project Jim Alsop (Broadford).

Students from across the region are very excited to be able to access the facilities and start the vocational pathway into industry standard training and ultimately jobs in local skill shortages.

The Central Ranges LLEN is very proud of its brokerage and facilitation work in bringing nine schools together to form a collaborative and sustainable partnership to deliver a model for industry level training until now not available to almost 3,000 students from across the region.

Central Ranges Trade Training Centre (CRTTC) – Industry Breakfast

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On Wednesday 13th February 2013, local businesses from the Automotive, Engineering & Metal Fabrication trades had the opportunity to come and see the fantastic new Trade Training Centre facilities that have been purpose built in the grounds of Seymour College.

Those who attended the Industry Breakfast were provided information on how the facility will provide state of the art training within the region for our local employees and provided with a tour of the new facilities.

The breakfast provided a networking opportunity with other like businesses in the area and the opportunity to share training and schooling history amongst other like minded peers. It also recognised and thanked local business for the support you have given young people in the area providing work placements and local employment within the region.

Discussions developed between business owners around the opportunities for partnerships and training requirements to help benefit and grow their business for the future.

We are all looking forward to the official opening of the facilities later this year.

The Seymour Trade Training Centre campus is part of a Consortium of ten local schools that have formed a partnership to gain $11.3 Million in funding to increase the infrastructure and equipment of four sites (Seymour, Whittlesea, Assumption – Kilmore and Alexandra).  This will increase the industry standard training facilities for young people across the region.  For more information go to our Trade Training Centre page.

For more information contact:

David Aisbett
Manager
M: 0435 460 189
E: [email protected] 

Explanation of the Trade Training Centres Design and Build

David Mills – Seymour College, giving an explanation of the Trade Training Centres Design and Build at the Seymour College site

Central Ranges Trade Training Centre – Manager Position

The Central Ranges Trade Training Centre Consortium is advertising an exciting new position – Trade Training Centre Manager!

If you would like to shape the future of student achievement for almost 3,000 students across the shires of Murrindindi, Mitchell, Strathbogie and Whittlesea, by ensuring the maintenance and development of key partnerships – this position could be for you!

This position is seeking a person who is self motivated has a high level of communication and interpersonal skills and a passion for working with education, training and industry professionals.

The position description for the Central Ranges Trade Training Centre Manager is located on the Broadford Secondary College website – under position vacant, with applications closing on March 9.

 

For more information download the position description or contact Jim Alsop of Broadford Secondary College on 03 5784 1200 or [email protected]