Transfield Services partnership for Community Engagement & Industry Placements

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Central Ranges LLEN and Transfield Services have been working closely together on ways to increase local young peoples knowledge and understanding and experience of the various career pathways within Transfield Services, especially at Puckapunyal Military Base.

Late in 2013, CRLLEN facilitated a meeting that was held at Puckapunyal military base. Representatives from each secondary school within the Lower Hume VET Cluster along with GOTAFE heard what was available at Transfield Services Puckapunyal site and how Transfield could provide services within schools & training facilities.

Many questions were asked and attendees were very excited about the possibilities & opportunities for their students.

The meeting concluded with a tour of one of the largest kitchens on base so that teachers, trainers and support staff could experience the large-scale operation which provides the total catering requirements of the military personnel.

Since this meeting Transfield & CRLLEN worked together to create a systematic approach for students applying for a practical placement experience onsite at Transfield Services Puckapunyal Base.

A combination of work experience and training opportunities along with mapping of Transfield Career Pathways for local schools saw the development of an online application being created to manage school & TAFE applications. The local Workplace Learning Coordinator program has been used to manage the application process between Transfield Services, Schools & RTO’s to provide quality industry based placement and training opportunities to students.

The same application process is set up for managing requests from schools & TAFE to have Transfield Services involved within the community for things such as Career Day/Expos, Mock Interviews, OHS seminars, Group Placement Training, Camps and School Based Apprenticeships etc

This process is likely to increase employment opportunities for local young people within Transfield Services Puckapunyal Base.

For more information regarding the partnership, please contact CRLLEN on (03) 57 811 014

Environmental Scan 2014 Launches – Macedon Ranges, Mitchell & Murrindindi

ES 2014 CoverThe Central Ranges LLEN is proud to announce the release of its 2014 Environmental Scan.  This is a comprehensive review of key data and analysis on population, education & training, business & employment that relate to each of our three Shires: Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi.

The Central Ranges LLEN 2014 Environmental Scan has a consistent approach to each Shires data and analysis, separated by chapters as well as a combined analysis.  Each sub-chapter has opportunities and concluding analysis to draw upon.

This is an excellent opportunity to draw on this document for strategic and business planning, providing opportunities for networks and committees as well as funding and grant applications.

The Central Ranges LLEN will be providing an opportunity for stakeholders in each shire to hear a presentation on key data sets and analysis that related to their shire and receive a free hardcopy of the document.

The presentation will be delivered in the following locations:


Date & Time: Tuesday 25th March – 1.30pm

Location: Murrindindi Shire Office – Council Chambers, Perkins Street, Alexandra

Macedon Ranges 

Date & Time: Wednesday 26th March – 10.00am

Location: Newman Room, Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison Street, Kyneton


Date & Time: Thursday 27th March – 10.30am

Location: Mitchell Shire Office – Council Chambers, 113 High Street, Broadford

No RSVP required



Mitchell & Murrindindi Shire – Young people “SHOUT”

On March 3rd, 4th and 5th,  Seymour Performing Arts Centre was home to over 70 young people and workshop facilitators Adam Thompson (AKA Chocolate Starfish) and crew.

Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie Shires collaborated for the second year in a row to provide a music program called MusoMagic.

This three day workshop provides an innovative, outstanding mentoring program to unite, engage, motivate and empower groups of all ages and backgrounds through the magic of song.

This year young people came together to create the Music Video “SHOUT”.  The group that call themselves ‘Teenage Heroes’ described growing up, owning their space and the need to be grounded.

On the last day of filming Seymour Library & Seymour Township was the backdrop for a Flash Mob scene, much to the amusement of many onlookers.

Young people engaged in music, participated in lyric writing, built new relationships and created their own fully produced Music Video.

Welcome to the Big Show everyone.

Stay Tune for next year, Alexandra (Murrindindi Shire) ….here we come.

Buffy Leadbeater – Youth Services Coordinator – Mitchell Shire Council.

2014 Victorian Regional and Rural Youth Conference

Are you interested in presenting at the Victoria Rural Conference on Innovative and Interactive ways to work with young people?

The Victorian Regional/Rural Youth Conference on Innovative, and Interactive ways to work with Young People is to be held on Thursday 5th of June 2014 in Traralgon, Victoria.

Excerpt below taken from Information Package:

‘This Conference will focus on innovative, interactive and challenging ways to engage in working with young people.  How do we hear and integrate the voices of young people into our practice?

We are seeking presentations relevant, but not limited to the following themes:

Youth HousingHomelessness and Leaving CareSocial and Living Skills

Social Enterprise

Engaging Youth

Self-Funded Services

Refugees Mental Health CALD and Multicultural IssuesResilience and Well BeingDrug and Alcohol Issues

Employment, Education, Training

We are keen to share successes and ideas from rural and regional practitioners, researchers and educators.  We aim to include the diversity of interests and expertise that makes rural and regional practice unique and vibrant.

Workshops that provide hands on experiences of interactive program approaches will be prioritised.

Programs that engage and challenge young people and workers, yet have a focus on fun are invited

Programs and projects that focus on addressing rural/regional areas are encouraged.’

For further information please see Conference expression of Interest document


Youth Engagement Project Officer – Applications Due 31st January

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Cobaw Community Health are advertising a new role Youth Engagement Project Officer. This role will be directly supporting the development of strategic initiatives for the Macedon Ranges Youth Alliance (Youth Partnerships) which incorporates the work of the new School Focus Youth Service contract for Goldfields area.

Potential applicants with Youth Service and Community Development experience are encouraged to apply.  For more information see attached Youth Engagement Project Officer or go to Cobaw Community Health website for more information.

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


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

Nominations are required to be submitted by 8:00 pm (AEDT) on 29 November 2013.

Flexible Learning Options Evaluations – Show Great Results Across Central Ranges

In 2013, the Central Ranges LLEN been conducting a number of evaluations across the region assessing the effectiveness, challenges and outcomes for a number of Flexible Learning Option programs.  The Central Ranges LLEN intends to combine the results of these evaluations to provide recommendations on the key to successes and ensuring sustainability of these options is achieved.

Young people are at risk of disengaging from school when their life circumstances, learning experiences and/or behaviours impede learning, reduce school success and discourage participation. Schools and community organisations across Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi shires are working to implement strategies to address the increasing numbers of students who are in this category. Flexible Learning Options (FLO) are programs in school and community settings that support those young people to re-engage in school. There are a number of models that can be used to implement a program including those that are provided within schools, those that run as alternative education programs or programs that are provided by other organisations, such as Community VCAL.

The Central Ranges LLEN is working in partnership with local schools and training providers to provide evaluations on the following programs:

  • Kyneton Community & Learning Centre – Vocational Preparation program
  • Gisborne Secondary College – Connect program
  • Seymour College – pre-CAL program
  • Broadford Secondary College – pre-CAL program
  • Euroa Community Education Centre & Broadford Secondary College – CGEA program
  • Kyneton Secondary College & Cobaw Community Health – Satellite VCAL program

For more information go to our Flexible Learning Options page.

New Publications – How Young People are faring 2013? and Student engagement in Australian Schools

The Foundation for Young Australians has released its 2013 update of ‘How young people are faring?’ research. This report reveals trends such as an increased retention to year 12 compared to four years ago (80% in 2011). Students who speak a language other than english at home are more likely to participate on VET and Higher Education post school (52% compared to 33%). Unemployment rates for young people have increased considerably since the ‘Global Financial Crises’ and there has been an increase in young people in part-time and casual work, whilst over 25 year olds casual rates have remained steady.  Young women at age 23 years are more likely not to be fully engaged in employment, education and training.

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership has prepared a paper on understanding and promoting engagement amongst students. Using a framework for understanding engagement through Cognitive, Behavioural and Emotional factors. A great tool for schools, training organisations and learn local providers seeking to engage young people with learning.

Framework for understanding Engagement

To view documents go to our Publications page.