Friday, 3rd August 2018 saw the re-launch of the successful Seymour-Puckapunyal Youth Partnership, which was initiated 18 months ago to improve access to workplace opportunities for the area’s youth.
The re-launch was addressed by Jaclyn Symes, MLC for Northern Victoria, and took place at the Central Ranges Trade Training Centre at Seymour College.
The Partnership was brokered by the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (Central Ranges LLEN) and brings together Broadspectrum Services, Seymour College, St Mary’s College, GOTAFE, Seymour Flexible Learning Centre and Central Ranges Trade Training Centre. Students from each school have been supported to tour the Puckapunyal base, engage with personnel and explore career paths to guide them in an understanding of workplace opportunities.
“As part of our two-year relationship with the Department of Defence at Puckapunyal, Broadspectrum is proud to continue to support activities that focus on investing in retaining talented youth with sustainable career paths with local businesses,” John Parisella, General Manager South East Zone from Broadspectrum, said.
Working with Central Ranges LLEN and local schools, Broadspectrum has identified a range of entry points for vulnerable young people into their business. These include offering Structured Workplace Learning opportunities to VET/VCAL students, apprenticeships and tours of the base. The tours have proven particularly popular with students, as they involve an inspection of the grounds, catering facilities and maintenance department as well as the mechanics area where tanks, large vehicles and heavy machinery are repaired and maintained.
Broadspectrum has further enhanced the program by providing constructive feedback on resume templates and application processes. This ‘real world’ support for classroom careers education, when combined with exposure to the Puckapunyal workplace, has been a key plank in the Partnership’s success.
“The Partnership has engaged dozens of students during its first 18 months and given them the head-start needed to successfully negotiate their entry into the world of work,” Lisa Linton, Chair of Central Ranges LLEN said.
“The Partnership has achieved all of the outcomes we set for ourselves when we started. Our re-launch will recognise the amazing work of everyone involved and set new targets to give more young people in Seymour the opportunity to access workplace learning through the base.”