The Capital City Local Learning & Employment Network Newsletter

20 August 2019
Issue Sixteen
City LLEN News 
VTAC Dates
Youth & Education Sector News 
Read This 
Attend This 
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City LLEN News 

St. Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre

The City LLEN has facilitated a number of activities for students from St. Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre. In partnership with the RMIT Skills & Job Centre a workshop on resume writing skills was conducted for students, followed by a second workshop on job interview skills. This included providing students with one on one interview practice with staff from RMIT and the LLEN. The LLEN also facilitated mock job interviews by phone for students interested in further improving their skills. Future activities planned by the LLEN to supports St. Joseph’s pathways program include industry visits and further training opportunities.


University High School

The City LLEN partnered with Drummond Street Youth Services and University High School to conduct a parent evening for parents residing in public housing in Carlton. The night was an opportunity for parents to get to know the school better and improve channels of communication. Further activities will be planned in the near future. The LLEN is also working with the Careers Coordinator and senior leadership to plan a progression program for students involving information on alternative pathways, including visits to alternative education providers and TAFE.


Flexi Schools Network

The City LLEN continues to support the flexible learning providers in the City of Melbourne to meet regularly and share their expertise. At the August meeting held at the Foundation for Young Australians staff learnt about FYA’s $20 Boss program and the range of other services and research available. Planning continued for the Flexi School’s sports day “School Slam” and a TAFE Taster day at William Angliss Institute. The next meeting of the group has been turned over to professional development to allow staff to learn more about the Guiding Circles approach to career development. For more information about the network contact Andrew Smith at


Our Highlighted opportunites for Term 4:

@ Ibis Melbourne Central Food and beverage attendant W115593

For students interested in the hospitality and hotel industry this is a great opportunity to gain experience during a placement at a well known hotel in Melbourne's CBD. As a food and beverage attendant the student will assist in running the breakfast shift.

Preference will be given to students who are studying the following:
- VCE VET Certificate II or III in Hospitality 
- VCE VCAL Work Related Skills with an interest in working within the Hotel and Hospitality Industries.


@ Ibis Melbourne Central House Keeping/Room Attendant SWL opportunity W115591

For students interested in the hotel industry this is a great opportunity to gain experience during a placement at a well known hotel in Melbourne's CBD.

As a Room Attendant you will assist with Changing bed linen and making beds, maintaining a high quality of cleanliness and presentation of the rooms. 


@Ibis Melbourne Central Kitchen Hand SWL opportunity W115505

For students persuing a career in commercial cooking, this is a great opportunity to gain experience during a placement at a well known hotel in Melbourne's CBD.

Preference will be given to students who are studying the following:
- VCE VET Certificate III Commercial Cookery 
- VCE VET Certificate III in Patisserie
- VCE Vet Certificate II in Hospitality 
- VCE Vet Certificate III in Hospitality


@ City of Melbourne Parks, Property and Waterways Park Ranger Assistant W115601

For students who are interested in getting a taster for conservation and land management to work around the Melbourne City Parks, Property and Waterways.This is the perfect opportunity for students who enjoy working in the outdoors, enjoy physical activity, are keen to find out more about careers in conservation, horticulture and asset maintenance. This opportunity will also give students an insight into Local Government jobs


Special thanks to the City of Melbourne and Ibis Melbourne Central for supporting Structured Workplace Learning. 


Our numbers currently sit at 151 placements facilitated by the Capital City LLEN. The chart below shows the placements we currently have still availbale on the portal via industry. Follow the link below to see all of our currently available placements or contact our SWL Coordinator .


VTAC Dates

Important VTAC dates to be aware of 

Key Dates:

Applications open

9am, Monday 5 August 2019

Timely applications close

 5pm, Monday 30 September 2019 

SEAS applications close

5pm, Friday 11 October 2019

Scholarship applications close

5pm, Friday 11 October 2019

ATAR and VCE results released

7am, Thursday 12 December 2019

December offers released

Wednesday 18 December 2019

January offers released

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

For a full list of dates follow the link below:



Youth & Education Sector News 

School to work pathways 

By Rasika Ranasinghe, Emerick Chew, Genevieve Knight, Gitta Siekmann Research report.

Five pathways were identified:

1.Higher education and work

2.Early entry to full-time work

3.Mix of higher education and VET

4.Mixed and repeatedly disengaged

5.Mostly working part-time


What To Do If Your Wages Have Been Stolen

It seems like we’ve heard about case after case of wage theft in Australia recently, especially in the hospitality industry. As busy young people, sometimes checking that you’re receiving the correct pay and entitlements can feel like a minefield that falls off the priority list.


National Youth Settlement Framework feedback

The National Youth Settlement Framework is utilised across sectors & within government to inform policy & service delivery.


Free Group Yoga for young people 

Free Group Yoga at Headspace  Collingwood for 12-25 year old's commencing next week! Contact Maddy to get involved.


Top Designs 2020

Top Designs 2020 VCE VET students who are studying the subjects listed below with products that score an "A" or "A+"can apply to be part of a perstigous exhibiton at Melbourne Meseum. 


Life at 24: Then & Now

New NCVER infographic - Life at 24: Then & Now shows Fewer young people are working in their career job at age 24 than ten years ago.


Little Yarns for Little People

Little Yarns is a new podcast for children celebrating the languages and cultures of our First Nations peoples. 


Wondering what‘Young Initiators’ is? 


What's It Like To Have Cancer As A Young Person

While most young people are starting their lives and figuring out what they want to do with their futures, there are 4000 Australians every year under the age of 35 who get diagnosed with some form of Cancer.


Smashing the Education Debate 

Brotherhood of St Laurance report:

Australias Youth Unemployment Hotspots



Heywire Competiton 


Heywire are on the look out for young people from regional areas to share their stories! Winners will have their story shared on the ABC and win a trip to the Regional Youth Summit next Feb. Entries close September 16.

Read This 

Spooks and psychologists: jobs of the future

The latest figures from the Department of Employment predicts intelligence and policy analysts jobs will increase by more than a third to 40,200 in the five years from May 2018 to May 2023.


Grattan report finds those who study trades earn more

The Grattan Institute has examined the employment and earnings outcomes for lower ATAR students who take vocational education courses compared to those who go to university, and finds for men in particular, they could earn more by studying engineering, construction or commerce at TAFE.


Primary school students to become focus of 'zero suicide' goal

Students in their final years of primary school will be the target of a new national intervention to tackle the growing mental health and suicide crisis among young Australians.

The age group will become the new focus of the Morrison government's "zero suicide goal", by boosting funding and resources to identify and treat eating disorders, anxiety and depression.


The Uni Vs Tafe Debate Still Goes Strong



A cute human-like robot taught students in a small, rural school how to code while also helping them learn their local Aboriginal language.

By learning to program a humanoid robot, students developed 21st-century skills while also engaging with an Indigenous culture and language. The project also strengthened the connection between school, home and Country.


Discipline, data and determination: how some schools overcome disadvantage

'Braybrook College serves one of Melbourne's most disadvantaged suburbs, yet the local state secondary school gets the kind of VCE scores most schools would boast about'


The Research Files Episode 53: Building a school reading culture

An excellent short podcast interview with Dr Margaret Merga about the importance of building a whole school reading culture.


It’s widely accepted there are certain, more minor crimes committed disproportionately by young people, such as property crime. In these cases, young people are more likely to end up diversionary programs

Youth Crime is often a phase and locking kids up is counterproductive – great insights in the Conversation Education. 


These ‘job snob’ claims don’t match the evidence

With some in the Australian government’s own ranks arguing for a lift in the unemployment benefit, senior ministers appear to be upping the rhetoric about joblessness being a matter of choice for many.


Here are eight things you should know when teaching Indigenous culture

This great article outlines how to best teach about Indigenous culture in our schools.


One in 10 Aussie kids care for someone with a disability or drug dependence – they need help at school

A new study shows thousands of Aussie kids are caring for family members with a mental illness or drug or alcohol addiction, and it's taking a toll on their school work.


Boost in high school students taking advanced computer science could change the face of tech

Diversity in the tech field is important because computing technologies are pervasive in our daily lives – from the GPS we use to get around, to apps we use to bank, make hotel or flight reservations and check the weather.


Schools warned compulsory sports carnival participation can put children off exercise for life

Schools are being urged to make competitive events such as running and jumps voluntary at their sports carnivals because of the mental anguish and humiliation it can cause students.


Indigenous art centres that sustain remote communities are at risk. The VET sector can help

Most Indigenous artworks are produced in around 90 art centres located in very remote regions of Australia. These centres represent a viable pathway to address the extreme economic exclusion experienced by residents of Australia’s remote Indigenous communities.


Helping kids who refuse to go to school

We congratulate our partners RCHMelbourne and Travancore School for excellent work supporting students with mental health needs to remain in school and boost attendance.


Uni growth must no longer come at cost of trades training

Universities provide wonderful and fulfilling education for many people. But that should not come at the expense of the funding and administration of trades training.


'He had never heard anything so amazing': Why one 15-minute class is changing lives

"If you can get a child between the ages of five to seven, and can give them a difficult instrument, you get permanent changes in the way that the brain processes information,-" Ms Parrello.


Students sleep out for homeless

"I found the experience very eye-opening, as in some people live like this every day and I feel as if I take what I have for granted and I now really understand how lucky I truly am."


'It's dog eat dog': Creatives find permanent work hard to come by

There's a real struggle for young people targeting careers in creative industries | "45,000 jobs have disappeared in the past decade across newspaper, music, book, periodical and magazine publishing and retailing, film, digital media and video hire and distribution"


App to help retain Indigenous languages

“We came up with the idea of having a game where you go out bush and you use resources and you earn tokens by doing activities as well as learning different languages,” the group said.


The Imagination Declaration: young Indigenous Australians want to be heard 

65 Indigenous and non-Indigenous students from years six to 12 came together for a Youth Forum and wrote their own follow up to 2017’s Uluru Statement from the Heart. They called it the Imagination Declaration.


Majority of young Australians say racism is prevalent at social and sporting events

A new national survey has found more than 50 per cent of respondents, aged between 11 and 19-years-old, believe Australia has a culture of racism


Kiara shares her passion for literacy

The Forbes High School student is an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and her determination to put books in kids' hands has taken her from Sydney to Central Australia.


Students free to study instead of sit exams

At a school in Sydney's north-west, students write their own textbooks, learn maths through stories and up to 80 per cent forgo the HSC.


Youth employment program to trial industry engagement

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the funding for the Youth Jobs PaTH Program will directly connect job seekers with employers and industries with significant workforce needs, particularly growth industries.


Australia is facing a real generation gap of the kind we can't possibly want

Each generation of Australians has enjoyed a better standard of living than the one that came before it. But today's young Australians are in danger of falling behind.


If women from the ‘lucky’ generation face homelessness what can young women expect?

A new Grattan Institute Report shows that young Australians could well be the first generation in memory to have lower living standards than their parents’ generation.


The congestion around our school desks

"Communities in our fast-growing cities are witnessing rapid population growth, often without commensurate increases in social infrastructure and services needed to maintain liveability," it noted.


Clemente Ballarat program provides a path to higher education

A program working to engage people experiencing disadvantage and social isolation in higher education has provided a pathway to university study for Josha-Lyn Gibson.


Attend This 

Free GEMSAS Interview Workshop sponsored by UniMelb SSS

Free two hour workshop run by medical students and doctors covering public, rural and indigenous health issues, with live station demonstrations and Q+A segments

Tue, August 20, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM AEST


TAFE Victoria Real Day Out 2019

Real Day Out is an open forum to collaborate with other global TAFE students and industry leaders.

There are two ticket options for you to select from which are Hospitality/Tourism and Business/IT. If your studies or course fall under one of these categories, please choose the one ticket that is relevant to you.

Fri., 30 August 2019

9:30 am – 4:30 pm AEST



This event will comprise of networking and hearing from a mixture of primary, secondary and tertiary educators about some of the ways they're making STEM happen in their schools, as well as a free, exclusive planetarium show for attendees.

Wed., 28 August 2019

5:40 pm – 8:00 pm AEST


Road to Zero Spring School Holiday Activity: Direct your own TV ad

This school holidays, budding ‘tween’ directors have the chance to create their own road safety commercials using state-of-the-art technology at the TAC’s new Road to Zero Education Complex at Melbourne Museum.


Supporting Yourself & Children Through Separation & Divorce 

This workshop will aim to assist parents in understanding how children process grief and loss, discuss resources to support parents, tips and strategies to manage tricky questions from children.


Transitioning to secondary school with cystic fibrosis

CF Community Care is pleased to announce an information session designed for parents about to commence the transition from primary to secondary school with their child who has CF. 

Thursday, 5 September 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am


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