Healthy Futures Careers Day – Community Services and Allied Health Information day

Recently the Macedon Ranges VET Cluster examined local data around trends for the future in employment within the region.  Macedon Ranges has an increasing ageing population and ageing workforce.  Skills shortages have been noted in both the health and community services areas.  Combined with this there has been decreasing numbers in both Allied Health and Community Services VETis enrolments in recent years.

Recent research has shown that rural secondary students generally have a less awareness of the broad range of health and community service careers available to them. Having contact with health and community services professionals prior to course selection is seen as a major influence on choosing health or community services as a career.  Furthermore establishing relationships between stakeholders has been shown to increase training, work experience, work placement and career opportunities for young people.

Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network and CVGT Australia have had discussions with the Macedon Ranges Careers and Pathways, VET Cluster, registered training organisations and local health and community services organisations to develop strategies to increase young people awareness of careers across these industries.  The Macedon Ranges VET Cluster is discussing a number of options to promoting Health and Community Services as a great career pathway for students.  This has resulted in the development of an Allied Health and Community Services Information Day to be held on Tuesday 23rd July from 9.30am – 2.30pm at the Kyneton Community Learning Centre.

The day is for any Year’s 10 and 11 students who are interested in working in the health and/or community services industry.  There is a limit of 25 places available as we want to ensure there is good interaction and opportunity for a hands on approach.  The day will involve fun and practical activities, workshops and case studies and an opportunity for young people to interact with other young people interested in working in the area.

For more information or to register please contact Lisa Linton Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker. 

Healthy Futures Flyer 2013

Young People showcased at Macedon Ranges Business Awards

Young people featured strongly at the Macedon Ranges Business Awards held on June 13th 2013 at the Kyneton Town Hall.  In its 11th year, the night highlighted business excellence in areas such as apprenticeships, customer service food and beverage, accommodation and events.

Steven Atkins won the Apprentice award which he undertakes at Macedon Ranges Electrical in Kyneton.

Young woman Paige Brocke who works at Country Cob Bakery in Woodend was the winner for Customer Service excellence.

The award night also highlighted the enormous support Macedon Ranges business provides to local young people through apprenticeships and work experience opportunities.

The evening was complemented by entertainment supplied by young blues musicians Sarah Wilkinson and Jarrod Shaw.

Steven Atkins and Don McCarthy from Macedon Ranges Electrics  Kyneton

Steven Atkins and Don McCarthy from Macedon Ranges Electrics Kyneton 2013

Yammer – CRLLEN Social Networking

Yammer is a social network for businesses and companies; this means that unlike other social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, which are designed for public use, Yammer is designed for private communication for members.

The basic set up is free, easy to use, and, perhaps, most importantly, it provides a private, manageable, and secure online space for individuals and organisations to communicate.

It allows everyone to share information more freely and create more opportunities to collaborate together online to strengthen the provision of education and training across our region.

We have Yammer Networks the following local networks:

  1. Youth Training Pathways Network
  2. Lower Hume VET & Pathways Cluster

If you would like to join one of these groups, please sign and return the usage policy attached to each network to become a member.  We have over local 40 members across both networks, which are administered by the Central Ranges LLEN.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to Carmen Fifield

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

Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis – Moves Towards Phase Two

The Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis (MR TNA) Draft Report has been completed giving a snapshot of current training delivery, partnership models and industry engagement processes by Learn Locals in Macedon Ranges.    The findings of the draft report are based on data research and consultation with a variety of stakeholders.  Consultation included 200 surveys of local business and SWOT Forums.

Data from the draft report will be analysed by the Learn Local Consortium to derive recommendations, develop a marketing and action plan and consolidate into a final report.  As part of this process key industry and business champions will be engaged to verify findings and discuss and prioritise recommendations.

The development of a regional Learn Local Plan (Phase two) will run concurrently with the finalisation of the report and will include working with the Boards of the Learn Local consortium to derive key strategies and timelines.

Phase 3 will commence after June 2013 and will include implementing a number of high priority strategies in the action plan.

Once the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis document is finalised it will be released to the public, having broad implications for schools, training providers, industry and career pathways for young people.  For further information on project go to our Training Needs Analysis page.

MTI – Business & Network Development Manager – Position Available


The Murrindindi Training Institute (MTI) is an innovative concept creating a centre of excellence for a range of different qualifications. Employers from various sectors, local government and adult further education are cooperating to offer courses in identified areas. The core focus is currently Outdoor Leadership with future disciplines being developed in collaboration with the relevant sectors. MTI is a company limited by guarantee, located in Alexandra, Victoria and governed by a Board which has representation from the Alexandra District Hospital (ADH), Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (CRLLEN), Continuing Education and Arts Centre of Alexandra (CEACA), a number of employers and associations in the Outdoor Education sector and Murrindindi community.

Advancing Country Towns (ACT) is a Victorian Government state wide initiative across nine locations with one location identified as the towns of Alexandra, Eildon and Thornton. Its purpose is to bring local knowledge and government resources together to develop solutions to the challenges faced in small rural communities. It is focused on achieving key benefits across a range of areas with a key initiative identified as Skills Training and Workforce Development.

The Business and Network Development Manager is a new position which offers the successful applicant a unique opportunity to establish and further develop the role as part of the sustainable future of the organisation. The role encompasses two complementary components:  business development management and network coordination.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to demonstrate their ability to grow and develop an organisation and make a real difference to local business and community.

For more information on the application process please view the Business and Network Development Manager Position Description

Applications close on at 9.00am on Monday 25th of February 2013.

Enquiries regarding the position may be made to Rowena Naufal, telephone 0400 182 518.

My Skills – website

The Federal Government has launched a new website that assists user to access VET training courses, training providers, statistics on training delivered by training providers and financial assistance to undertake VET courses.

To find out more go to My Skills website or go to ResourcesLinks page on the Central Ranges LLEN website.