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Victorian Local Learning and Employment Networks (VicLLENs) and DET have teamed up to deliver a series of bite-sized, Q&A style webinars, featuring employers and employees spanning across several different industries.

Students will have exposure to an insider’s perspective on what ‘a day in the life’ might look like across a variety of different workplaces. The 15-minute sessions will be live-streamed as a Zoom webinar and via Facebook, during which students will have the opportunity to ask questions in the chat.

To tune in, students can simply click on the Zoom or Facebook Link below (no registration is required).

Please note: at no time during the webinar will students be heard or be visible on screen. All questions submitted by students will be via the Zoom chat function only.

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Working in the Nursing and gardening industry is ripe with opportunity. Careers in horticulture allows you to move through different fields, learning as you go, enjoying a career for life. Horticulture in Australia is booming. Gardening, sustainability, wellbeing and food production have contributed to the unparalleled growth of the industry.  

Jac Semmler
Diggers Club

Jac worked in outdoor education for several years before realising horticulture was her calling. After studying at South Australia Certificate IV in Horticulture at TAFE in Adelaide, she began working for the Diggers Club. As the Ornamental Category Manager, she leads the Ornamental gardening, strategy and selection.

Mani Swift
Ball Australia

Mani Swift is an apprentice grower at Ball, Australia.
“Beginning my career in horticulture was a great decision. I am coming towards the end of my apprenticeship and have loved every second of it. Being able to do what you enjoy as a job makes you look forward to work every day and the opportunities that have risen in this field of work so far have been amazing.”

Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

Bonnie started her career in horticulture at age 15.
“A combination of hard work and a willingness to ‘have a go’ has led me to become a published writer, television presenter, nursery ambassador and a magazine editor; and there’s so much more to look forward to.”


Teacher Resources


The Victorian LLENs work across the state to improve training, education and career opportunities for young people. Victorian LLENs, in partnership with DET, are delivering a series of informal, Q&A-style webinars encouraging students to explore the wide variety of career opportunities available to them. 

This lesson plan is designed to engage students with the Come to Work With Me webinar series and consider a variety of career pathways. It is mapped to the VCAA Industry and Enterprise Unit, however it can also be used more broadly for years 7-12 careers education.

To download a full teacher resource kit including a lesson plan, PDF worksheets and answer sheets, simply fill out the form below and press ‘download’.

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What is the setup/requirements for the session?
  • Access to a laptop/PC
  • Access to an internet connection
  • Access to Zoom in webinar mode (if you decide to incorporate student attendance to the live webinar)
My school doesn't allow the use of Zoom

These webinars are fully compliant with child-safe standards.

Unlike a regular Zoom meeting, Zoom in webinar mode does not allow students to be heard or be visible on screen.

All questions submitted by students will be via the Zoom chat function only.

If Zoom webinars are not permitted at your school, there are several other options for accessing these webinars:

  1. Webinars are streamed live to our Facebook page 
  2. Webinar recordings are available after the live session via this page
  3. Students can submit their questions anonymously via this page
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Term 3 Schedule


Remind Me

We have an exciting line up of guests ahead for Term 3. Here’s a sneak peak of who you’ll be hearing from...



Episode 1

Featuring Kane Williams, Associate Director, Stantec | VET Champion

“I’ve always enjoyed hands-on learning in the workplace. There were times when I was concerned that only having an Advanced Diploma would not be enough but it’s never held me back from opportunities.”

Meet Kane. Associate Director at GTA, now Stantec. Kane completed 2 Advanced Diplomas of Engineering and now he works at an international firm on Big Build projects across Victoria.

You can find out more about Kane’s story on the DET VET Champions Website. 

Episode 2


Featuring Kelly Shotton, Electrical Apprentice, Foodmac | VET Champion

“You always need to keep growing, never get comfortable.”

Meet Kelly Electrical Apprentice at Foodmac. Kelly tried a few careers before settling on an electrical apprenticeship. She loves her work, encouraging others to give plenty of opportunities a try, just like she did, to find the right fit. You can find out more about Kelly here: http://bit.ly/vet-champions-kelly. Produced in partnership with Department of Education & Training, Victoria VET Champions

Episode 3

Featuring Liaqat Ahmadi,Student Attraction Officer at GOTAFE | VET Champion

“Coming to Australia only a few years ago, I didn’t know about different pathways available other than university. Luckily my Careers teacher provided me with advice about school-based traineeships. I’ve been really welcomed and helped in Australia, and I now want to give young people and families the same opportunities that I’ve been given.”

After completing a Certificate III in Business traineeship while doing Year 12, Liaquat was offered a full-time job at GOTAFE. Now he works as a Student Attraction Officer supporting other students to go into VET. Find out more about Liaqat here.

Episode 4

Featuring Martin Ralph, Arborist at CityWide

Martin started off his career journey studying a science degree at university. On completion of his degree, he took up full-time work in a warehouse while he figured out what he wanted to do next. 

When Martin discovered Arbory, he knew it was a great fit for him: he was looking for hands-on work and to be immersed in the outdoors and the environment around him.



Episode 5

With regional skill shortages, the food and fibre industry offers an abundance of opportunities for young people in a rapdily growing and evolving space. This week on Come to Work With Me, we’ll be hearing from two women working in two very different roles, against a backdrop of “farms, coast and towns” in Victoria’s regional West. 

Franzi Riegger – Agronomist, Vickery Bros

After visiting Australia as a backpacker, I decided to stay and started working at Treloars Roses and also as a farmhand on another property. From there I decided to study agronomy. I am now working full time as an agronomist with Vickery Bros. This area is a great combination of rural spaces with almost city living. We have a combination of farms, coast and towns, which is great.”

Natalie – Collard – Executive Officer (CEO), Great South Coast Food & Fibre 

Natalie didn’t know what she wanted to be when she chose her degree so she did something she loved and hoped it would pay off. It led her to an amazing career spanning many different industries – defence, foreign affairs, transport, energy and telecommunications. A city girl she was surprised to discover a love for agriculture and its people based on shared values. She has worked as a senior executive in many roles, including as CEO of Australian Dairy Farmers and now leading Food and Fibre Great South Coast. Natalie has won many awards including Telstra Business Woman of the Year and International Woman in Renewables.

Feature on Come to work with me


Remind Me

Do you want to attract an engaged young audience to consider career pathways in your industry? You’ve come to the right place.

There are a number of reasons to feature on Come to Work With Me, including:

  • Brand exposure and awareness
  • An appearance on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Tiktok and more.
  • Web traffic and backlinks
  • Custom made lesson plans featuring your organisation
  • Footage filmed at your workplace (where practical)
  •  Inspiring a cohort of young people to consider new opportunities they may not have otherwise been aware of

Interested? Email communications@vicllens.org.au or drop us a line below:


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