Message from our EO, Carol Smith
Message from our EO, Carol Smith
At this time of the year there is a lot of reflecting. The memories of times and people who are no longer with us. The horror of war and the spirit of the ANZAC. I was reflecting on the partnerships that exist in our community that empower us to improve outcomes for young people, although we have a long way to go, where would we be if we had not traveled this journey together?
A young person who spoke to me in the last month was telling me he was lost and not in a good head space. He said his major problem was communication, or as he said, people need to listen and I need to talk and be heard. It made me realise that we are all so busy attempting to get our outcomes, that sometimes we forget the way we can really help is COMMUNICATION. So here is my opportunity to communicate to you.
FMPLLEN held its 2016 Annual General Meeting last week. We thank Cr Antonella Celi and Cr David Garnock for attending.
We launched our new logo (above):
The waves represent the journey our young people are on.
The people are the youth learning and growing.
The sun represents the education and nurturing provided to youth by our community .
Congratulations to the elected members of the 2016 FMPLLEN Board:
Michael Watchorn Chair Universities/TAFE Sector Monash University
John Catto-Smith Deputy Chair Community Organisations BSL
Steve Wright Deputy Chair Adult Education Advance Community College
Michael Paxton Treasurer Employment Agencies Marillac
General Board Members:
Dr Gillian Kay Local Government Frankston City Council
Robin Adams Local Government Mornington Peninsula Shire
Helen Mcloughlin Schools Independent Flinders Christian College
Lisa Holt Schools Government Frankston Carrum Downs Secondary College
Ben Vasilou Other Training/Education Orgs SkillsPlus/Brace
Dennis Pratt Other education Department of Education
Eric Clarke Koori KESO Department of Education
Stephen Varty University/TAFE Chisholm Institute
Peter Harrison Community Member AMES
Carol Smith Public Officer/Secretary Non-Voting FMPLLEN
Vacant positions: Government schools (Mornington Peninsula), Unions
Thank you to Paul Konig and Andrew Nicholls who retired from the Board this year.
The Annual Report is on our website if you would like to read the major areas FMPLLEN and our stakeholders worked on in 2015.
You will see in this edition the update on the Structured Workplace Learning Program, which is now part of our LLEN. Angela, Liza and Jane are available to follow up on any queries regarding the program.
Click here for a summary of the Victorian Budget Briefing (Whalesong Services) and what it means to you. We will also have a summary for our local area and the federal budget soon. These will be on our website.
Some interesting stats about Frankston and Mornington Peninsula student destinations 2015:
Early school leavers
Year 12 completers
Have a great month
New Trade Training Centre Facilitator
Nineteen schools in the Frankston and Southern Peninsula Trade Training Centre consortiums have pooled funding to employ a facilitator for the three centres at Frankston, Rosebud and Somerville.
Alison Wall who currently works at Elizabeth Murdoch College commenced in the position on April 18th. The appointment is initially for a 12 month period and the primary focus will be to ensure that these wonderful new facilities are utilised as much as possible and local students gain exposure to a range of vocational and technology related programs.
Alison will be based primarily at the Frankston and Rosebud TTC’s and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships
SBATS have been a strong component of senior secondary courses in our region for a number of years. The opportunity to combine paid employment and vocational study as part of either VCAL or VCE is an attractive option for many of our students.
SBATs can be undertaken across almost any field and open up long term career paths for students who have a clearly designated pathway. FMPLLEN works closely with the Structured Workplace Learning Program that has recently come under the LLEN banner to promote and facilitate SBATs wherever appropriate.
There are currently two students in the process of finalising two year traineeships with Peninsula Health working with Planned Activity Groups while undertaking Certificate III in Health Services.
The Peninsula View aged care facility in Frankston is also advertising for a Business Administration traineeship enabling a suitable student to gain an understanding of the aged care industry while gaining a broad based business qualification.
Structured Workplace Learning
The new Structured Workplace Learning Program is in full swing as we get term 2 underway. The new team of Program Manager, Jane Ling, SWL Co-ordinator, Angela Byatt and Industry Engagement Officer, Liza Lucas are busily finding those ‘hard-to-get’ placements and would like to thank you for your great support as we establish the program once again.
As most of you should be aware, the new SWL program’s primary focus is on structured workplace learning and SBAT placements. Work experience placement will no longer be sourced for students.
There is one exception to this - the SWL Program will continue to manage ALL placements for MYER Frankston, so if you have a student wishing to do work experience or SWL please forward applications to us. Myer will no longer accept applications directly. MYER have an additional application form to accompany the EOI so please contact either Angela or Liza if you need a copy.
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Attention all VCAL Providers
Wanted – VCAL Voice team
FMPLLEN is looking for a school or provider who would like to put a team of students and staff together to create the VCAL Voice Publication (around 4 editions a year).
VCAL voice could be produced as a student project and would most likely interest students who are looking at pathways in media, publishing or community areas. It would be great to put on their CV (projects such as this gave people like Richard Branson their start!). This can be part of their VCAL studies.
FMPLLEN is able to support the project and team and have already started to create momentum this year with promotion and formalisation of deadlines and process.
Please contact Jo if there is any further information that would be helpful in making this decision or if your organisation school is interested:
VET in Schools Program
2016 has seen another excellent take up of vocational based programs by senior secondary students across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region. Well over a thousand students are undertaking a broad range of Certificate II and III level courses covering areas as diverse as:
*Animal Studies *Hairdressing *Allied Health *Games Creation
*Community Services *Building *Fashion *Plumbing
*Sport and Recreation * Hospitality *Agriculture *Children’s services
Most students complete their programs at either the Frankston or Peninsula campuses of Chisholm but many undertake study at their own school or travel to a nearby school. Under this cluster arrangement several of our schools host programs either using an existing Registered Training Organisation or in some cases acting as the RTO themselves.
To expedite the full range of offerings for our students and ensure accessibility, FMPLLEN in conjunction with the Peninsula VET cluster (PVET) coordinates a bus allowing students from a dozen schools to get to Chisholm and other host schools.
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