New Compulsory Units for VET Trainers

It has just been announced that, by April 2019, all VET trainers must hold both of the following Units:

• TAEASS502 (or TAEASS502B) Design and develop assessment tools, and

• TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

If you’re a VET trainer, have you already completed either or both of these units? If not, you will need to complete them to ensure you can still deliver vocational training using your TAE qualification.

Please note the following older units are equivalent to TAELLN411:

TAALLN401A Address language, literacy and numeracy issues within learning and assessment practice

TAALLN401B Address language, literacy and numeracy issues within learning and assessment practice

TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

Learn more here

VET Funding Review

In recent years the Victorian VET funding system has undergone significant upheaval. Rapid and repeated changes to funding settings have undermined the stability of the system. The government TAFE sector has been particularly impacted, resulting in serious concerns about TAFE institutes’ ability to meet the needs of industry and their communities.

An independent review of VET funding will provide the advice the Government needs to craft a more stable funding system and ensure its investment in training aligns with the goals of the Government’s Back to Work plan.

In Victoria, this means growing job and training opportunities not just now but for decades to come across a diverse range of industries. Key growth areas have been identified where Victoria can build on existing strengths – in the service industries (professional services, and social and personal services) and medical technology and pharmaceuticals, new energy technology, food and fibre, transport, defence and construction technology, and international education.

Community consultation sessions will be arranged with stakeholders including: public and private providers, community providers, parents, students, community members and other interested parties.

Consultation sessions will be held in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas across Victoria.

Shepparton – North Shepparton Community Centre, 10-14 Parkside Drive, Tuesday 28 July 2015, 10.30- 11.30am

Bendigo – Capital Theatre, 50 View St, Tuesday 28 July 2015, 2- 3pm

Melbourne – Venue & Time TBC

If you would like to register your attendance at one of the sessions above, please contact the VET Funding Review Team on
03 8537 2791 or [email protected]

This website will be updated with further details when available

**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 

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.”

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

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

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.

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