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

Beacon Careers Expo & Mock Interviews

Careers Expo

The annual Beacon Careers Expo was held on 6 May at Rich River Golf Club.  The day began with a panel of guest speakers from of a diverse range of careers.

Bim Sherwood from Advance computing, Pat Arnold from Echuca Moama Physiotherapy, Foodmach apprentice Kelly Shotton and Jacinta Canon owner of Endota Spa, shared their own career journeys and passed on some powerful messages to the students on following their passions and the importance of doing work experience.

Over 400 students from the five Beacon schools participated in four interactive and informative workshops selected from 57 workshops with 90 presenters from the community involved.


Mock Interviews

As part of the Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation's Real Futures program, 119 Year 9 Echuca College students participated in Mock interviews conducted by members of the local business community on 29 May. 

Thanks to NAB, Community Living & Respite Services Inc. Campaspe Shire Council, Insurance House, Lockwood Partners, Numanz Embroidery, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships, Echuca Regional Health, We Are Vivid.

Some student comments after the interview:

Evie: At the start I was feeling nervous but towards the end I started to feel more comfortable.
Cameron: I was nervous going into the interview but got more confident.
Claudia: I wasn’t very confident at first but my nerves went away after a while.
Jack: I felt stresed but now I feel calm.
Year 9 student: The interview was very helpful, as she told me what I did wrong, what I did right and what I can do better next time.
Mitch: I need to stop moving my hands and to stop being nervous.
Hunter: To try and prepare more for the questions and so answer them easier.
Riley: to space out my cover letter more.
Blake: I did well. I was very confident.

May 2019

Continuum of Need Professional Development

CoN-PD.jpgThe Continuum of Need is a tool for mapping a young person on a continuum to determine their level of need against a wide range of domains that support their health, wellbeing and development. CCLLEN is maintaining and regularly adding to the directory of services that is linked to the Continuum of Need mapping tool.

Schools have been impressed by the directory and can see the value of mapping students to better understand their needs and the supports that could assist them. Several schools and agencies had attended a short session in using the tool in May last year. Now schools were asking for assistance to better understand the mapping process.

CCLLEN and School Focused Youth Service arranged for Vanessa McCormack from St Arnaud Secondary College and Maurice Billi from Grampians Community Health to provide a second professional development session in Echuca for schools and agencies to explore in more detail the use of the tool. Thirty people attended this session on 2 April. A highlight was mapping three case studies of young people using the tool, and the rich conversations each table had as they worked through each case study.

The last session for the day was presented by Tracey Farrell on the Campaspe Core Competencies Project. Tracey focused on the impacts of trauma on brain development and included the short documentary “Resilience” on research into trauma and the strategies being used by schools in the USA.

It was a very full and intense PD day, from which participants reported they gained a lot. In particular they commented on feeling much more confident with mapping students.

April 2019

Annual General Meeting

AGM.jpgCCLLEN’s AGM was held on 1 April at Echuca Specialist School. Chairperson Peter Williams, Treasurer Emma Brentnall and Executive Officer Anne Trickey all presented reports to the meeting, summing up a successful and productive 2018.

Board elections were conducted, with nine nominations received and elected in various categories.

Guest Speaker was Tracey Farrell who presented on the Campaspe Core Competencies Project she has just completed. Tracey’s presentation focused on two aspects of the project - the impacts of trauma on brain development, and the experiences of families accessing services for support. CCLLEN is a member of the Project Reference Group and has linked Tracey’s work to the Continuum of Need tool.

If you would like to join the CCLLEN Board there are vacancies in the categories for Adult Community Education, Trade Unions, Employers and Koorie Organisations. Please contact us if you would like to know more.

A copy of our Annual Report for 2018 is available here.

April 2019

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