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.

Seymour Telegraph – Darley Dec4 2013

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



Victorian Training Awards 2013 – OPEN

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The Victorian Training Awards, now in their 59th 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 2013 Australian Training Awards in Perth. Winners of the Victorian Small Employer of the Year, Victorian Industry Collaboration Award, Victorian VET Client Service Excellence Award, VET in Schools Excellence Award and Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development also receive prize money of $10,000 each for investment in their training programs.

All nominations must be submitted online via the Victorian Training Awards E-Awards Portal

For more details on criteria, videos on past winners and tips on addressing the criteria, see: How to Enter

The Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Peter Hall, MLC invites individuals and organisations to apply for the 2013 Victorian Training Awards, see: Minister’s Message

There are 14 categories available for nomination in the 2013 Victorian Training Awards to be held in Melbourne on Friday 6 September and include the following:

Individual categories

Organisational categories

Work Matters Professional Development Opportunity

The Central Ranges LLEN are pleased to offer the opportunity to participate in Work Matters Workshop training in our local area. The Professional development will be offered Thursday, August 23 in Kilmore.


COST: Each participant is required to purchase the resources and DVD at $50 plus GST (this is half the usual cost of $99). The cost of the training facilitator has been sponsored by the Central Ranges LLEN. Schools/organisations will be invoiced for resources and DVD after the workshop.Training would be ideal for careers practitioners, VCAL teachers and others interested in assisting young people with careers and pathways.

Registrations required by 10am, Friday August 17.

Please see flyer attached for more information and registration details.

Where to now? – new edition 2013

Where To Now? – Publications – Where to now – VCE – VCAA

New edition of resource published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Where to now?

Where to Now? provides information on the choice of courses available to students in the last two years of secondary school. These include VCE, VCAL and VET. You can read stories from recent graduates of the VCE, VCAL and Apprenticeship and Traineeship programs, which show that it is also possible to begin these qualifications before Year 11 and 12.