**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.

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


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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Cultural Careers Celebration Day 2013

KPP Cultural Careers Celebration Day 2013

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Cultural Careers Celebration Day

Thursday 30th May 2013

Benalla Community Centre, Benalla 

10am – 2pm   

Cultural Career Celebration Day is aimed at informing Indigenous students in the North Eastern Victoria Region from Year 7-12 and their families, about the opportunities of education training and employment options available in our local community.

The day has support from local and state businesses, tertiary institutions and training providers, who will provide students with access to a range of various displays, presentations and information about the different courses and pathways into further education, training and employment.

Secondary schools students in Mitchell and Murrindindi are encouraged to send students to this engaging and creative day.

What are Celebration Days?

Each year, local careers celebration days for Koorie students and families are held across the North Eastern Victoria Region.

The Cultural Careers Celebration Day aims to provide Secondary Koorie students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of training and employment options, engage with inspirational Koorie speakers and participate in a range of cultural activities and celebrations.

For further information please contact Misti Gow on the below contact details:  0477326757 or [email protected]

Celebration Day Flyer 2013

For more information on previous Cultural Celebration days go to our Indigenous Pathways page.

Macedon Ranges stakeholders REVAMP their Industry Engagement Strategy

In February 2013 the Macedon Ranges Employment and Training Network reviewed their strategic direction to collaboratively tackle the issues and opportunities for increasing education, employment and training for its residents.

The network has been renamed to reflect the important role that education plays in increasing these opportunities for the community as well as training and industry sectors.  The new title is the Macedon Ranges Education, Employment and Training Network (MR EE&T).

Taking advantage of the strategic direction of Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the network has identified key collaborative actions planned for 2013.  The objectives of the Network are to:


  • Identify issues, develop and implement collaborative solutions to address them

  • Facilitate the coordination between industry, training, community and community organisations around opportunities

  • Promote opportunities around EE&T for MR residents, business and industry

The final plan will be completed in May and enacted in 2013.  For more information go to our Education and Training networks page.

New ‘programs’ page

Central Ranges LLEN has added a new programs page to our website. The page can be found under the resources tab at the top of the home page.

The new program page lists youth programs that run within the Central Ranges LLEN region that includes Mitchell, Murrindindi and Macedon Ranges Shires.

Current programs listed are:

  • Workplace Learning Coordinators Program 
  • Youth Connections Program
  • School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships

This page will be updated when new programs become available so keep an eye out.


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.