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

Warning: Drones Overhead in the Central Ranges!

This high-tech drone captures high definition images and footage from the air

Drones are finding application in many fields including agriculture, media, tourism, emergency services, mining, surveying, land conservation, and photography. Many in the Central Ranges are embracing this dynamic, emerging field, and local young people are taking the lead.

Daniel Williams is a year 11 student from Avenel who has built an aerial surveying, photography filming business from scratch using drone technology. Daniel takes amazing aerial footage and photographs for a range of applications including real estate, agriculture, and promotional videos.

Central Ranges LLEN is proud to announce Daniel as an Industry Ambassador. You can learn more about his business here

In great news for those who want to get involved, nine schools in Mitchell, Murrindindi, Strathbogie and Whittlesea (Alexandra, Assumption, Broadford, Euroa, St Mary’s, Seymour, Yea, Wallan and Whittlesea), are offering the Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight) to students as part of their VCE. The Central Ranges Trade Training Centre (CRTTC), a joint initiative of these schools, will also be offering drone training to the general public starting in late September this year. Carlo De Martinis, Executive Manager of the CRTTC, is similarly enthusiastic about the future of drones.

“Drones are a new tool that will revolutionise the way work is done, and open new opportunities in many fields. The list of applications is only limited by imagination.”

For more information on training opportunities contact Carlo De Martinis at the CRTTC on 0409 227 569

100 Ways Kyneton Forum on 13th September

There are 100 Ways to help young people prepare for their futures 

2016’s 100 Ways in 100 Days campaign was a huge success, creating hundreds of opportunities for young people across the Central Ranges region, and we’ve decided to make this appeal an ongoing one.

There are 100 Ways to help young people prepare for their futures.

We’d like local businesses, schools and community partners to get together to celebrate and participate in this concept. Whether it’s creating a work placement, offering a job, mentoring a young person, sharing a career story or sponsoring a youth program, there are 100 Ways to help our young local people, all day, every day.

We’d like to invite you to take part in this exciting movement around supporting local young people to get ready for their futures. Young people are 100% of our future, and there are 100 Ways to help them.

We’ll be hosting a forum on the 13th September at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute from 5:30. Guest speakers will include Ms Mary-Anne Thomas MP, State Member for Macedon and Ms Ana Rees, Executive Principal of Kyneton SC, and a panel of local youth and business people who will discuss creative approaches to generating opportunities for young people in the Kyneton area. A short documentary about the journey of some local VCAL students will also be previewed.

RSVP here

Jiujitsu at Kyneton SC

Students train in

Kyneton SC students enjoy a Jiujitsu training session run by their fellow students

We’re helping out with a very exciting program at Kyneton Secondary College that’s helping build leadership skills and student engagement.

The school contacted CRLLEN looking for a way to engage some students who were showing high levels of absenteeism and getting in trouble at school. After a little research we discovered some of these students were doing classes outside of school with Marco, a local Jiujitsu instructor.

We know that students who are getting into trouble at school and falling behind in their studies can feel disempowered and shut out, and that sometimes when the roles are reversed and you give them the freedom to be leaders, it can have a huge impact on their outlook.

Thanks to Cobaw Community Health, Central Ranges LLEN and teachers, and with the help and mentorship of their trainer Marco, the students have launched a Jiujitsu club at their school and are now training their fellow students, focusing on fitness, coordination and core strength. The change teachers are seeing in these young people has been huge. They’ve shown amazing leadership and commitment to the program, even showing up to school at 8AM to help set up the classes!

Preparing Your Students for a Work Placement: Some Tips from Employers

Chef Instructing Trainee In Restaurant Kitchen

Work placements are a fantastic way to introduce students to the world of work

We contacted five employers who’ve taken on students for work placements and asked them what makes a good work placement from their perspective, and come up with these basic tips. Work placements are such a fantastic way to introduce students to the world of work, and will often be the first time a young person has worked for someone. These experiences really help solidify a young person’s thinking on very important decisions, so it’s important to prepare them for the experience and ensure they make the most of it.


  1. As this is often the first time students have had to negotiate an employer/employee relationship, it’s important they know what’s expected of them and how they should behave in the workplace. Many employers spend a lot of time and effort offering structured work placements and sharing their expertise, so it’s important students show appreciation for the opportunity they’ve been given and take their placement seriously.


  1. For a good learning outcome, it can be really beneficial to make sure there’s a strong match between the student’s passions and interests, and the work placement on offer. This will help the student engage fully with the work placement and apply the skills and passion they already have.


  1. Get the basics right. Turning up on time and dressing appropriately makes a great impression and will help students make the most out of the opportunity.


  1. Ask questions. It’s better to be curious than bored, and chances are a host employer will have heaps of valuable information to share. Encourage your students to make the most of their SWL opportunity by picking their employer’s brain about their industry, which will really help them make an informed career choice.


  1. SWL hosts are responsible for students’ safety, and they want to make sure everyone at their business gets home safe at the end of the day. Students need to pay attention to their employer’s directions and ensure they follow any health and safety policies and procedures.

Annual General Meeting – 16th May 2017

The Central Ranges LLEN will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16 May 2017, from 10am to 12.30pm at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Racing Club, East Street, Kilmore.
The guest speaker will be Jeanette Pope, an expert in Youth Employment and Skills. Her presentation will be followed by a lively panel discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities for young people in the Central ranges region.
Members are invited to nominate for vacant positions on the Committee of Management. Nominations close 5pm 5 May 2017. For further information including vacancies and nomination forms please contact the CRLLEN Office on 5783 1111 or email [email protected]
RSVP’s are essential by Friday 5 May 2017.

Welcome to our new Industry Engagement Manager

We are pleased to welcome Lena Way as our new Industry Engagement Manager! Lena comes with a strong background in marketing and community engagement. Her previous positions include executive marketing roles at the Shrine of Remembrance, Freemasons Victoria, the City of Greater Dandenong, the National Trust and The Lost Dogs’ Home.

Lena has also started her own charitable organisation which provides opportunities for people volunteering in developing countries and raises funds for projects such as orphanages and schools.

Lena holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing and is looking forward to applying her knowledge to the 100 Ways in 100 Days campaign, the Structured Workplace Learning program, and creating more ways for Central Ranges LLEN to help young people transition from school to employment. Lena lives on a farm in the Macedon Ranges with her husband and two young children.

2017 Building Youth Employment Partnership

An exciting new partnership was recently launched in Seymour!
Led by the Broadspectrum organisation (formerly known as Transfield Services) an agreement was signed with GOTAFE, Seymour College, St Mary’s College Seymour, the Seymour Flexible Learning Centre and the CRLLEN.
These groups, working in collaboration and with the full support and commitment of Broadspectrum, will aim to build opportunities and pathways that will enhance education and employment for young people in the Seymour/Puckapunyal region.
The CRLLEN is proud to be be a part of this innovative partnership and looks forward to sharing successful outcomes of this initiative.

How can I get better prepared for the future of work?

You are facing a vastly different future of work than your parents. How can you better prepare for the world of work of the future? It’s not as hard as you might think…young-people

  1. It starts with you working out what you like doingwhat are you good at? what do you enjoy? Thinking about this will help you to start exploring what’s out there and how you can make school more interesting to help you finish. Work in the future will be high-skilled, and finishing school will still get you better and higher paid work. But that can include trades, and there are heaps of options. Jump online and start exploring these fantastic sites written by and for young people: or
  2. Second, work out if you are getting the right skills for future jobs. The best skills are the generic ones you can take across jobs (digital skills, communication, project management, creativity, working with others). You can learn these skills a million ways (and add them to your CV), for example, through:
    1. code clubs
    2. free online courses (google “MOOCs” like )
    3. organising your friends to challenge yourselves, for example, through the Whitelion Eureka Climb or three peaks challenge
    4. grabbing some friends to make something – an event, radio show, a short film, a sporting match, fix up a car, a gamers challenge… the possibilities are endless.
  3. Finally, and to overcome the main reason young people are disadvantaged in labour markets, you need work experience (and job search, job application and interviewing skills, etc). Jump online at You’ll be surprised by the opportunities your community is offering.

The best thing to do to prepare for the future is to do something! Don’t be afraid to talk to people around you – you’ll be surprised who will want to help – and the fun things they might know about that you can do.

Jeanette Pope is a freelancer and expert on young people and the future of work. She is helping out at CRLLEN and writing some articles for us to stimulate discussion around these issues.