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Voice of our Youth - Lessons from Remote Learning

In the last two weeks of Term 2, 2020, Campaspe Cohuna LLEN, in partnership with Campaspe Shire Council, collected information from schools and students in the Shire of Campaspe on their experiences of remote and flexible learning. You can read the report here.

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August 2020

VET in Schools Excellence Awards 2020

The annual VET in Schools Excellence Awards will still be conducted in 2020, with some changes.

For 2020 a work placement is not required, although if you have completed a placement please include the details.

To enter please send us -

  • your resume,
  • the student information form (which you can download here)
  • your teacher/trainer feedback form (which you can download here)

We look forward to receiving your nomination!

August 2020

Adapting to On-Line Workshops

Interview Techniques and Employability Skills are workshops that have been developed by CCLLEN over years and delivered as face to face sessions to students in schools across our region. 

Interview Techniques help prepare students for an interview, be it for part time, full time work or when arranging a work placement.  Topics covered are creating a resume, writing application letters, employability skills, first impressions, body language, personal presentation, handshake practice and how to answer questions in an interview. 

Students then get the opportunity to use this new knowledge by writing an application letter addressing selection criteria and submitting their resume for an advertised position.  “Mock Interviews” are scheduled and the students attend these live sessions as if really going for the job. 

Employability Skills is an interactive and funsession is which is sharedwith students to explain and allow the students to discover, their Employability Skills.  Employability Skills are the work skills and personal attributes that employers look for when hiringa new employee. They are also known as transferable skills because the employabilityskillsthat are learnt in one workplace or setting can be applied and further developed in otherworkplaces and roles.

Industries emphasise that employability skills and the right attitude are essential for young jobseekers in securing employment; training can cover most other aspects.

A high percentage of students don’t believe they have enough experience and skills when theyare applying for jobs whilst at school. They often underestimate the importance of highlightingthese skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and problemsolving.  We also encourage young people to not underestimate their knowledge of current technology and emerging social platforms. This is valuable knowledge to share in the work place.

These presentations have proved invaluable to studentswe had to find a way to continue to contribute and support students on the journey to the world of work.  

The new challenge in delivering these two sessions was to keep them engaging and helpful while still being interactive, but from a distance!   The powerpoint presentations were streamlined and adjusted to better represent the current “norms”.  The fun and highly interactive handshake sessions has been transformed into a collection of friendly, distanced greetings and a new slide appeared with tips on conducting an interview on line.

A new workbook was created and delivered to students and teachers on lineoffering activities, checklists and reminders that “Preparation is the Key”.

After practice and checking we had the technology right, the presentation went live for the first time with ten Year 9&10 studentsand 3 teachers from River City Christian College.  This was in collaboration with the Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation as part of the Real Futures program

The presentation went well with no technical hitches and students joining in the Chat room offering their career aspirations and asking questions. This enabled us to answer those questions on the spot.

We are looking forward to engaging with other schools with this new technology throughout the year. 

May 2020

Stakeholder Consultation

DSC02497-for-web.jpgCampaspe Shire and Campaspe Cohuna LLEN hosted a Stakeholder Consultation on 9 December, which enabled local service providers, schools and industry to join together and discuss some of the key issues emerging locally from the Voice of Our Youth consultation, and identify opportunities to work together to improve educational and employment outcomes for young people.

Topics discussed focussed on the feedback that has been collected through the youth consultation process, including bullying, uniform, flexibility and choice in curriculum and delivery, access to mental health and other outreach services and the need to feel respected and valued as individuals.

The consultation also looked at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats across our Shire, with a common notable strength being the presence and effectiveness of partnerships between schools, services and community.

The lack of accessible transport and timetabling of VLine services from small communities to major centres was highlighted, along with the lack of youth-focussed and outreach services, funding and capacity and the negative perception of VCAL.

Identified opportunities include offering varied learning modalities, vertical streaming where learning is based on needs rather than age, the confirmation of a headspace service in the area, outreach services and engagement between young people and industry.

The Voice of our Youth consultation will continue until the 20 December, with the opportunity for a lucky young participant to win $500 for themselves, and $500 for a school, simply by completing the online survey at www.voiceofouryouth.com.au.

The full report will be available in February next year.

If you would like to be involved in this process and have any questions, please contact Jane Reid at the CCLLEN on 0447 530 618 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

December 2019

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