Industry Engagement over Wine and Cheese

careers-night.jpgThe Campaspe Careers Network is a group consisting of dedicated and passionate Careers teachers from all our Regional secondary schools. The Careers teachers’ role includes assisting students to find quality work placements for their students across a range of Vocations.

The event on 16 May at TAFE's Echuca campus was to gather together employers to talk about structured work placement, apprenticeships and how best to host students in the workplace and what employers are looking for in students.

Apprenticeship advice was presented by Lynda Magill from Sarina Russo and Mahir Ozdilek from MEGT. They helped clarify the rules and regulations around School Based apprentices and traineeships’ and were available to answer any questions.

Kate Pearson, a year 12 Allied Health student from St. Joseph’s College gave her experiences of work placement with some tips for employers from a student view point.

A panel of local business people, David Stephens from Riverport Engineering & Hydraulics, Geoff Slattery from O’Brien’s Plumbing and Sean Garth from Moama Bowling Club were on hand to answer questions about hosting students.

All three businesses are active in hosting and supporting students in their work place and all had great firsthand experience and tips to share.

Jacq Campbell from Campaspe Cohuna LLEN also presented on the Structured Workplace Learning portal that all students across Victoria can access for work placement opportunities.

Any business can join the portal with the LLEN assisting businesses to manage their capacity to host students in their work place.

May 2019

Interview Technique Sessions

Rushworth-Interview-Tech.jpgInterview Technique Sessions were presented at Echuca College, River City Christian College and Rushworth P-12 College in April and May.

The students experienced a highly interactive 90 minute session that offered tips on resumes and covering letter writing. They were also joined by some of their teachers to practice greetings and handshakes and a challenging tower building activity using only spaghetti and marshmallows.  This group activity helped the students put into practice the Employability Skills they had heard about that day including team work and problem solving.

These sessions are to prepare the students for upcoming mock interviews and give tips on how to write a fantastic resume and covering letter. We work collaboratively with the careers teachers at the schools.

May 2019

Food and Fibre Careers Day

Dookie.JPGIn May 300 students from 22 schools travelled to Dookie for the annual Food and Fibre Careers Day. Seven schools from our area attended.

Many aspects of agriculture were on show in 24 different workshops. Students were able to choose three workshops. Aimee Snowden of Little Brick Pastoral was one of the guest speakers, along with Myrrhee Primary School and Professor Tim Reeves.

Lunch time included a Young Farmer Challenge consisting of a team race through a series of farm related activities and obstacles including hay bales, drench guns and swags. Moama Anglican Grammar’s team won the Challenge and took home a drone for their school.

May 2019

National Youth Commission


The National Youth Commission into youth employment and transitions is conducting hearings across the nation. Echuca Moama was the location for their first regional hearing on 13 May. CCLLEN contacted stakeholders and partners to participate, and many responded, either with presentations or focus groups. Presenting to the Commission was relaxed and comfortable, even though the hearings are a formal, structured process. The Commissioners made sure to put people at ease.

The range of presenters were able to illustrate the issues and solutions in our part of rural Australia. Presenters were from Echuca Specialist School, Committee for Echuca Moama, CCLLEN, Careers Teachers Network, CVGT – Transition to Work, Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation, Bendigo TAFE and Campaspe Shire Council. Focus groups were held with TAFE VCAL students, Echuca College FLO students, Koorie Youth Programs providers and the Shire’s Youth Advisory Group. Thank you to all who participated.

The Commissioners commented on the richness of the presentations in Echuca and indicated that the focus groups went very well. The Commission is providing progress reports during the inquiry process and will have a final report in mid 2020. You can find out more on their website

May 2019

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