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MMVLLEN Newsletter May 2016
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MMVLLEN News

May 2016

CEO's Message  

Veronica Snook
It’s May, already! And this Newsletter shows our exciting and busy start to 2016.

Our continuing programs grow from strength to strength, with highlights such as the video clips on choosing an RTO produced by our interns, Try-A-Trade having to turn schools away because it was fully subscribed, and the recruitment and training of a great group of mentors.

We have been busy setting up the Structured Workplace Learning program where we create work placement opportunities for students doing VET in schools. This has seen us out and about meeting with employers and schools to ensure we line up the right mix of quality opportunities.

We are also busy chasing up funding for projects which further develop what we learn from our work, such as the Community Liaison Workers approach to increasing the employment options and chances of migrant and refugee communities.

2016 has been a period of growth for MMVLLEN, with ongoing staff taking on expanded roles and the employment of 3 new staff.  We now have a team of 7 staff with the range of skills and experience to ensure that the year is a success.

 
MMVLLEN Website
MMVLLEN Website
Our interns presenting at the MMVLLEN mentor training.

Upcoming Events 

26/05/16
26/05/16



15/08/16
Try a Trade
Future Trends Impacting Young Victorians Forum (CMY/VicHealth)
The Huddle Work Expo 

Contents

We have provided updates on our current projects.  Click on the Project Name to be taken to the relevant section. 

Our Annual Report 2015
Board Vacancies 
Jobcraft / World of Work
Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)
MV Youth Internships
Try a Trade
Maribyrnong Jobs
Mentor Program

 

Our Annual Report 2015

We have published our latest annual report, which provides a summary of our progress during 2015 towards achieving our goal to research, pathways, develop and deliver innovative and high quality projects, and sustainability to drive change that benefits all young people in our region of Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley.



Click here to download  MMVLLEN Annual Report 2016

MMVLLEN Board Vacancies


We are thanking our board members for their fantastic work and commitments over the past year/s. We are sorry to see some of them leave our board this year and we wish them all the best in the future. 

We are now very excited to be calling for nominations for positions on the MMVLLEN Board in the following categories:
 

Category 5 -  1 Vacancy -  Trade Unions

Category 9 - 1 Vacancy - Koorie organisations, Peak Koorie agencies, and Regional Koorie organisations.  

For more information and nomination forms contact:

Mary Buttigieg
Business Manager
marybuttigieg@mmvllen.org.au

JobCraft & World of Work


JobCraft is the MMVLLEN’s online talent community that links young people to entry level employment, alternative education opportunities and further support as required.
 
Currently there are almost 800 members signed up to jobcraft.com.au with over 300 jobs and alternative pathways from across the region being advertised on the website today.
 
The World of Work program is directly linked to Jobcraft. In the upcoming months our team will be heading out to schools and talking to students about a broad range of career related topics.
 
This year we will be working alongside a number of different providers to give students an idea of some of the pathways open to them and highlighting the growing number of women entering trades careers.

Ross O'Rourke
Jobcraft Project Coordinator 
ross@mmvllen.org.au
JobCraft on Facebook
JobCraft on Facebook
JobCraft Talent Community
JobCraft Talent Community

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

Experience has to start somewhere...

We are often advised of the importance for young people to stay at school and then hear how they struggle to gain employment as they have “no experience”.

Well, experience has to start somewhere and the Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program component VETis and VCAL can help solve this dilemma. MMVLLEN have been contracted to coordinate the SWL program locally and we are looking forward to creating meaningful work placements. We are committed to matching placements within relevant industries and fulfil the needs of student, the school and the employer to ensure a favourable outcome. We look forward to talking with different industries and schools to help create a quality program for the future.

The SWL program is on-the-job training where a student has the opportunity to apply the skills that they have learnt in a work setting. These skills form a part of a recognised qualification in many different industries such as hospitality or sport and recreation.

The student may be undertaking Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL ) or Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETis). The placement may be structured as 1 for a number of weeks or as a block placement. During this time the employer assists with the training of the student and helps prepare them for future employment.

Lisa Price
SWL Project Coordinator
lisaprice@mmvllen.org.au

Ross O'Rourke
SWL Project Coordinator 
ross@mmvllen.org.au

Moonee Valley Youth Internships

We have just successfully recruited Ruth Mathew to the Internships Program Coordinator position. Ruth has varied experience in project coordinating and is excited to be working on the MVI program until the end of this year. 

We are excited to say there has been lots happening in the MVI program this year. We have had 4 interns participate in the program so far in 2016. One of the interns was placed at Essendon Nissan Dealership and developed a range of skills in sales and the automotive industry. The 3 other interns were placed with our organisation and have been working on project management skills. It has been fantastic to see their skill set develop and confidence grow in a number of areas through completing the internship. 

Partnerships within the community through sponsoring organisations continue to be developing and we are hoping to place more interns in a number of community organisations that are supporting the MVI project. We are currently recruiting for the next round of internships, so get in touch with us if you are interested in applying to become an intern.
 
We are also about to commence our Mentoring Program for 2016. Mentors of professional background have been recruited and trained and are ready to mentor a young person whom has completed the internship program to assist them with employment. The mentor program will run for approximately 9 months and allow young people to get further support and guidance with a range of job readiness skills from someone a skilled professional. We are looking forward to this program starting very soon.
 
Ruth Mathew
MVI Project Coordinator
ruthmathew@mmvllen.org.au
MVI on Facebook
MVI on Facebook
Website
Website
Try a Trade

Try a Trade 2016 will be held on Thursday May 26th 2016 at RecWest (YMCA) in Footscray.  The event is now in it's seventh year and this is the fifth year the the MMVLLEN has joined forces with Maribyrnong City Council Youth Services.  

This is a free event and is a fun and interactive way for students to explore the world of Trades.  We take into account skill shortage areas and a majority of the exhibitors are local TAFE and training providers.  Each stall holder provides an interactive activity that young people participate in to learn many workplace skills. 

If you are a local school click here and find out how to register your interest to participate. 

Anna Lemcke
Project Manager
annalemcke@mmvllen.org.au

Maribyrnong Jobs

The Maribyrnong Jobs project ended in 2015. In February 2016, we farewelled Kyaw Kyaw (Jojo), the Community Laisaon Officer for Maribyrnong Jobs, who completed the remaining work within the Chin community beginning of the year.

The project engaged 166 job seekers mainly from newly-arrived communities, placed 65 job seekers into sustainable employment and 35 into accredited training.

Job seekers were supported through personalised mentoring, links to local industries and quality training providers, resume writing, interview skills, English language skills and a range of other supports necessary for work.

MMVLLEN supported local businesses to find the matching local staff. Employers were able to gain financial benefit through our brokerage funding and our ability to negotiate with all local job service providers for significant wage subsidies.  Additionally, we helped employers through this process and paperwork along with accessing all other state and federal funding available to employers.

This project has been a great success and we look forward to trialling it with another local community in the future. 

We wish Kyaw Kyaw the best of luck with his future endeavours. 

Anna Lemcke
Project Manager
annalemcke@mmvllen.org.au

For general enquiries contact the MMVLLEN office on
(03) 9376 7251 or info@mmvllen.org.au
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