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Dear APN Members,
Welcome to the APN Bulletin.
Merry Christmas from Team GRLLEN!
The Geelong Region LLEN team had our final staff meeting for the year on Tuesday, where we shared our final updates on our 2018 projects, and discussed plans for 2019.
At the beginning of the new year, we will be moving from our current premises on Moorabool St, so stay tuned for details of our new home!
This will be our final newsletter for 2018, as we wind down for the year and begin to make preparations for 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Board, our stakeholders and partner organisations, and all the wonderful people who collaborate with us, inspire us, and support us in our work. We couldn't do it without you!
We wish all of you, and your families, a joyous Christmas, and look forward to bringing you more great news in the New Year.
Di bought cupcakes. We took a Xmas pic! Happy Xmas everyone!
WHY IS YOUTH HOMELESSNESS STILL A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE IN AUSTRALIA IN 2018 AND HOW DO WE END IT?
Why is youth homelessness still a significant issue in Australia in 2018 and how do we end it?
This one-and-a-half day conference will build upon the work of the 2007/08 National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness with keynote speeches, interactive presentations, panel discussions, a Q & A session and a follow-up documentary to The Oasis, revisiting the cast 10 years on.
Discounted group tickets available.
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Date: Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th March, 2019.
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall.
Location: 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC.
This year has been a busy and productive year for the GRLLEN team.
Structured Workplace Learning
Our SWL contract finished on 30th November, for our third year of coordinating Structured Workplace Learning for the region. We exceeded our target for number of opportunities, advertising 375 positions during the 2018 year. This reflects that local employers are keen to connect with our young people, and offer them an all-important chance to experience real-world work environments. We thank each and every one of them for their time and dedication. Of the positions advertised, 168 opportunities were taken up - with some students completing more than one SWL! The focus of the SWL team has always been on providing opportunities in our region's 'trending industries' - those industries experiencing growth, and where there are likely to be jobs for young people to move into in the future. This year was also our first year working with students from McKillop Family Services, and we were thrilled to have placed 11 students during the year. The team has already begun work on connecting with schools and employers to offer more opportunities in 2019. Our thanks to Kylie Fox, Jo Harris and Deb Walker, for all their hard work this year in sourcing workplace opportunities, and placing students. They have all gone above and beyond.
The Disability Network will hold it's final meeting for the year this month. Key goal for this year was to bring more careers advisers in to the Network, and this was achieved. Catherine Farrell, who runs our Disability Network, has been invited to conduct a full-day Professional Development course in 2019, which is testament to the wonderful work she has done this year with Ticket to Work and Passport to Employment. Passport 2 Employment had two successful programs this year - one in Geelong, and one in Colac, with 17 students finishing the program in both groups. 26 Geelong employers were involved in this program in some way, which is a great outcome.
This year we also ran a pilot program for after-school part-time jobs for disabled students, which was highly successful.
We look forward to seeing the Network grow and progress in the New Year.
Community Services & Health
The 'Growing the Health and Community Services Workforce' program is one of our longest running, and continues to enjoy great success. In 2018, we had 52 local employers/partners, most participating in multiple aspects of the program. For our non-accredited programs, such as our popular 'Taster Days', enrolments increased in 2018 to 124, up from 80 the previous year. For our accredited programs, such as Health and Community Services, we had 220 students enrolled this year.
Retention rate across all programs was 87.1%, and is a testament to the work Project Manager Robyn Dolheguy, and Project Officer Di Buckley, have put in to creating inspiring, immersive programs that give young people a real insight into the variety of careers available in the booming Health and Community Services sector.
For our early school leavers program, 20% of our participants are now continuing with their education, which is a fantastic outcome. These young people now have a brighter future ahead of them, and have been able to remain engaged in their education.
Of those who participated in our programs, 87% have indicated they intend to pursue a career in the Health and Community Services industry post-school.
We are proud of the work of the team and our partner employers and organisations, and look forward to encouraging more young people to consider a career in this industry.
Geelong Careers continues to grow in leaps and bounds, and Project Manager Marianne Messer has been hard at work securing its future. Work is currently underway to update the data around trending industries and jobs to the latest available Census data. The data Geelong Careers itself produces is also proving highly valuable, providing us with up-to-date information on where our jobseekers are (not all of them are in Geelong!), and what jobs they are looking at. We have also seen more and more local employers come on board, utilising the free job posting feature to advertise their positions.
Marianne has big plans for the site in the coming year, so stay tuned. And if you, or someone you know, is looking for work, don't forget to check out www.geelongcareers.org.au
If you would like to get involved in any of our programs for 2019, or can offer a work placement to a young person, or can help in any way, please contact our office - 5229 0922, or firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank our amazing team - Marianne Messer, Robyn Dolheguy, Kylie Fox, Jo Harris, Deb Walker, Di Buckley, Catherine Farrell and Dr. Jude Walker, for all their hard work. They are extremely dedicated to their roles, and always go above and beyond what is required of them.
Thank you too to our Office Managers this year - Helen Boult, and Tamara Rosewarne, who keep things running smoothly for the rest of the team.
Thank you to our wonderful Board, who dedicate time and resources to supporting the work that we do.
And a huge thank you to the Captain of the GRLLEN ship, our Queen - Anne-Marie Ryan. It would take more space than I have here to list all the things she does for this organisation, all the causes and working groups she is involved in, but her unwavering support for the team and the work we do, and her advocacy for young people in the region cannot be overstated. The Geelong Region LLEN would not be what it is without her.
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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ― Calvin Coolidge
Have a great weekend
The Team at
Geelong Region LLEN
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