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)

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.

State-wide Learn Local Awards – Kyneton Community Learning Centre Finalist

Kyneton Community Learning Centre (KCLC) was a finalist for the 2013 Learn Local Awards announced by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Peter Hall, MLC.  The Learn Local Awards recognise the exceptional efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Victorian Learn Local education and training sector.

There is a total of $35,000 available to winners in five categories.  The category of nomination for KCLC is in “Excellence in Creating Local Solutions” which recognises the efforts of both the Learn Local and their significant partners in delivering a collaborative project.

Central Ranges LLEN support included:

  • Provision of funding to support a trainer to develop the program and consult with local stakeholders on referral pathways, partnership support and delivery options
  • Facilitated an advisory committee to identify issues, develop collective solutions and support the implementation of the program.
  • Brokering meetings between organisations to encourage referrals and to clarify roles and responsibilities
  • Bringing new stakeholders to the table
  • Providing  linkage to a wide range networks to promote program
  • Supported the implementation of program through knowledge and experience with other FLO programs;
  • Guided the development of an evaluation mechanism for the pilot;
  • Fed back developments from the Youth Partnerships program and fostered connections back to the executive through CEO
  • Conducted evaluation and production of report

The 2013 Awards were presentation at a dinner will be held on Thursday 29 August at the St Kilda Town Hall.  Unfortunately Kyneton Community Learning Centre did not win the award, but was celebrated as an excellent partnership model.

Murrindindi Training Institute – Business Development Manager appointed

MTIThe Murrindindi Training Institute (MTI) has appointed a new Business Development Manager to increase partnering opportunities with local industry to deliver training across Murrindindi Shire.

Silke Koerner has been appointed to the role.  Silke comes with excellent recent experience as Director of Learning at the Outdoor Education Group in Eildon.

Silke’s role also includes facilitating local training and business networks to increase education and training options.

If you would like to know more about MTI or ways in which to get involved in local training networks – contact her on 5772 3220 or 0429 408 149.

 

Murrindindi Youth Partnership

NewLogoVerticalMurrindindi Youth Partnership consists of members from the Murrindindi Shire Council, Job Service Agencies, Workplace Learning Coordinator Program, CRLLEN, Yea High School, Alexandra Secondary College, Nexus Community Health, Youth Agencies & Youth Connections Program, Yea District Memorial, Alexandra Hospitals, Alexandra Community Health, The Apprenticeship Factory, Victoria Police and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The objective of the network is to keep well informed and work together on improving opportunities for keeping students interacting and engaged in school.

The network meets on a regular basis to share and update the latest information available/ provided by each agency so resources can be utilised within the area.

Through this partnership there are many resources and contacts shared for flexible learning options, traineeship and apprenticeship information that assist all schools and parties that are dealing with venerable youth.

This partnership is looking at develop health and well being opportunities, school based apprenticeships and flexible learning programs.  This is assisting the community to move forward and improve youth opportunities.

If you would like to know more including how to get involved then you can contact:

Stuart Coller, Coordinator Youth Development,  Murrindindi Shire on 57 720 712.

Helen Nielsen, Hume Partnership Broker, Central Ranges LLEN on 57 811 014.

 

Healthy Futures – Community Services and Health Information Day

 

Participants of Information day with Victoria University trainer Emily Barter

Participants of Information day with Victoria University trainer Emily Barter

Sixteen enthusiastic young women attended the Healthy Future’s Community Services and Health Information day held on Tuesday 23rd July 2013. The day was organised by Central Ranges LLEN and CVGT and kindly hosted by Kyneton Community Learning Centre.

Participants heard from a range of speakers including Nerrisa Fry from the Department of Health, Allied Health workers from Cobaw Community Health and General Manager Mandy Greetham, BUPA Kyneton.   A workshop was run by Victoria University and young student Syke from Gisborne Secondary College spoke about her experiences doing a School Based Apprenticeship.  Sessions were held to assist students in assessing which career option they would like to follow and also to navigate the possible pathways they could discuss with their Career Coordinators.

Students reported gaining a greater understanding of the sector and intent to follow up with their transitions and pathways school contact. The day was successful in building a base of students interested in enrolling in Community Services and Allied Health courses through the VET Cluster in 2014.

2012 Australian Vocational Student Prize – Recipients

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The Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding skills while completing vocational training in senior secondary years.

The Australian Vocational Student Prize gives national recognition to achievements in vocational training completed in secondary education, particularly those in senior secondary years.

The Australian Vocational Student Prize promotes the value of gaining vocational skills while at school. It acknowledges that vocational education prepares students for further training and employment.Five hundred prizes, of a certificate and $2000, are available nationally each year. The best of these  students will win the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School which carries a prize of an additional $2000.Each year schools are invited to nominate students who have chosen to do practical, vocational training while completing their senior secondary studies.Winning students from Central Ranges LLEN region are:

    • Brayden Harris – Assumption College Kilmore, KILMORE
    • Ellie Griffin – Assumption College Kilmore, KILMORE
    • Emily Martin – Assumption College Kilmore, KILMORE
    • Jessica Pendlebury – Assumption College Kilmore, KILMORE

Jessica Pendlebury – Assumption College Kilmore was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for 2012.

Well done to those who were awarded

 

 

A Day In My Shoes (ADIMS) – Work Experience Program

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On Thursday 8th August, 18 students from Mitchell Shire with varying degrees of intellectual and physical disabilities participated in a one day quality work experience day in their chosen profession.

The work experience program “A Day In My Shoes” was organised by local Workplace Learning Coordinator – Jana Ash along with a working party to support the program and the Employers involved with providing the work experience for the day. A booklet was given to the students to write all their employers details in, log their activities for the day and also to provide them with some general information regarding employer expectations etc.

Each employer who hosted a work experience placement was given lots of information and support prior to the student arriving and was visited on the day by a member of the working party. Each student was given a information pack containing Disability Employment Service (DES) contact information in order for families to make contact to arrange future meetings. ALL students were provided with a certificate of attendance for their placement.

Special mention to the following businesses involved in the day:

Betta Electrical Seymour

CVGT Australia

Kilmore Trackside

Kilmore Travel & Cruise Centre

OKR 98.3FM

Mitchell Shire Council – Local Laws/ Library

Target Country Seymour

Kilmore Vet Clinic

Hotondo Homes

Kilmore Equine Clinic

McIvor Farm Foods

Kilmore Hospital – Caladenia Nursing Home

Video Busters

Coles Wallan

Seymour Telegraph

Araminta’s Tea Rooms

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GOTAFE Seymour VETis Taster Day 2013

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GOTAFE are pleased to announce a VETis Taster Day on Friday 23rd August 2013 from 9.30am – 12pm at the Seymour Campus in Wallis St, Seymour.

The following areas will be showcased with “rolling” interactive short workshops and info sessions for interested students:

·         Cabinetry

·         Sport & Recreation

·         Hairdressing

·         Hospitality

·         CISCO – which is now on offer at Seymour in 2014!

For more information please contact:

Jon Lee
Commercial Manager – Technical Education Centres – Shepparton & Wangaratta
School Liaison Coordinator
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
(m) 0481 007 889
(t) 03 5833 2903

Welcome New Staff Member

Partnership Broker Hume - Helen Nielsen

Partnership Broker Hume – Helen Nielsen

The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes Helen Nielsen to the position of Hume Partnership Broker which encompasses the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Helen has taken over from Carmen Fifield in the maternity leave position while our previous Hume Partnership Broker, Therese Hippisley, enjoys time with new baby, Leila Rose, who arrived just before Christmas.

Helen comes to the CRLLEN with experience in employment services, working with vulnerable youth and the community as well as a background in marketing. Helen has a passion for education to be available to all people and the development and growth of opportunities for our local youth across the sectors of education, industry and community.

We wish Helen all the very best in her new role and look forward to working together and supporting her to ensure young people in our communities are engaged in education, employment or training.

Helen’s contact details can be found on the staff page