Students get the Patties Foods experience

Lakes Entrance Secondary College Victorian of Applied Learning (VCAL) students recently experienced a morning at Patties Foods in Bairnsdale as part of the Occupational Health and Safety Industry Experience program tailored for VCAL students.

Organised by Patties Foods and the Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network, the morning began with a tour of the Patties operating production facility, seeing many different types of jobs undertaken by patties Foods employees.

A major focus of the work site visit was to see the application of workplace procedures and the process of hazard identification and risk control.

The visit also helped put into context the ‘book-work’ on OH&S procedures and hazard identification and minimisation that students have been studying in the classroom.

The visit to patties Foods also provided students with insight into the many teams and roles of responsibility with the Patties Foods organisation that employs more than 570 people from the local community.

Students that attended were presented with certificates of participation as part of the industry experience program.

Events like this add to the VCAL students’ understanding of the operation of different industries in the local community.

Students from other secondary schools in the region – Bairnsdale, Orbost and Swifts Creek – also participated in this program, visiting Albcon in Lakes Entrance as well.

Lakes Post, May 10, 2017


Support for youth

The award categories for the East Gippsland Business Awards have been reviewed and revised for 2017 and one of the new categories is ‘Supporting Youth Employment’.

Janet Burton, executive officer of Business and Tourism East Gippsland, said the new category has been introduced to recognize those businesses that provide opportunities for young people in education and/or employment.

“This could be businesses that offer apprenticeships to our young people, businesses that welcome secondary or tertiary students into their workplaces to undertake work experience, businesses that encourage their staff members to go out to secondary schools and give career guidance to students, etc.

“There are lots of businesses in our region undertaking these and similar activities and it is important to recognise the valuable role they play in providing such opportunities for our young people and also encouraging and providing opportunities for them to stay in our region or return after further studies.”

And the logical fit as sponsor for the category was Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network (GELLEN).

Executive officer, Jane Ponting, said GELLEN was delighted to support this new award.

“Each year we work closely with businesses in our local communities. We can really see the difference that they contribute to young people who are making career decisions and gaining experience in the work environment,” Ms Ponting said.

“We see the Supporting Youth Employment award as a tangible way of thanking businesses that are committed to building the next generation regional workforce.”

The business awards were officially launched on May 31, and entries are open until August 1, 2017. Applications are available to fill in online on the East Gippsland Business Awards website, and you can also download a hard copy of the form from the website, if required.

Bairnsdale Advertiser, May 12, 2017


Career options

Hundreds of senior secondary college students descended upon the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre to learn about prospective career pathways and chat with industry professionals at the East Gippsland Careers Expo on Wednesday.

Hosted by Bairnsdale Secondary College’s VCAL students, the expo was a chance for year 10,11 and 12 students from across East Gippsland to gain in-sight into a range of job options, with a focus on local opportunities.

In their final years of high school education, the students in attendance are currently in the midst of mapping out their career paths, choosing subjects and courses to help them prepare to enter the workforce or pursue tertiary education.

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, the army, East Gippsland Water, Headspace, Federation Training, Ambulance Victoria, Racing Victoria, SES, Victoria Police, McDonald’s and Monash School of Rural Health were among the organizations and businesses who gave their time. Gippsland East LLEN was also involved, hosting Career forums for attending students, ranging across business, accounting, entrepreneurship, graphic design, and robotics.

By connecting with local professionals, the students were able to get a sense of what their futures might look like and understand what is needed to make it happen.

Bairnsdale Advertiser, May 26, 2017


Quality workmanship, excellent service recognized

The Rotary Club of Mitchell River presented its Pride of Workmanship Awards of May 22, with nine separate awards presented.

The Pride of Workmanship Awards were developed as a Rotary project in 1975 and for many years the Rotary Club of Mitchell River, with the ongoing support of the East Gippsland Shire Council and Workways, has proudly conducted the Bairnsdale and district awards.

The club and its supporters see enormous value in recognising the excellence and quality of service in the workplace with the presentation evening a highlight of the club’s annual calendar.

Guest speaker was Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network chief executive officer, Jane Ponting, who congratulated the 2017 awardees and encouraged employers and members of the public to endorse the project and support the Rotary Club of Mitchell River by nominating deserving candidates.

The selection criteria for the wards include: Demonstrated pursuit of excellence in work practise; Approach to work tasks and fellow workers; Standard of service delivery; Quality of personal attributes.

East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Joe Rettino, presented certificates to Hamish Mandry (Venables Precast), Justin Miles (Jaycar/Batteryland), Daniel Abbott (Janson’s Concrete and Haulage), Rhonda Gray (GEM Program, Workways), RACV staff (Bairnsdale office), Daniel Thorpe (Curtis Automotive & Engineering), Claire Stevenson-Blythe (Wooden Squirrel), Brian Wigg (Wigg Bricklaying) and Blair Pepper (Bairnsdale RSL).

Rotary Club of Mitchell River president, David Neale, thanked all the awardees for their participation in the event and recognised Cr Rettino for presenting the awards, guest speak Jane Ponting, and Workways chief executive officer, Bryan McCormick, for his continued support.

Nominations are accepted from all areas of the community including health, education, hospitality, professional services, retail, welfare and associated services, volunteers and the Rotary Club urges members of the public and employers who see individuals ‘putting in that little bit extra’ or ‘going beyond the call of duty’ to look out for the nomination forms which will be available for the 2018 awards.

Bairnsdale Advertiser, June 5, 2017


How can we use the hub?

The Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network (GELLEN) in Bairnsdale is calling for ideas on how best to utilize the Bairnsdale and Community Education Hub.

GELLEN held a community meeting at the hub last Monday afternoon in a bid to procure ideas on the building’s future and ongoing use.

Executive officer of GELLEN Jane Ponting says her role “is to provide leadership in building networks to bridge gaps and facilitate new appointments”.

“We (GELLEN) want it to be recognized as a go to place in Bairnsdale for innovation and creativity”, she said.

Ms Ponting said the hub could be a co-work space for young entrepreneurs and foster a community with bold ideas for the future.

“It could also be used for intergenerational skill sharing”, she said.

Participants in last Monday’s ideas forum suggested that co-working spaces, with hot desks, so people could use it as a drop-in office might be a good idea.

Presently about 20 organizations use the space throughout the year.

Ms Ponting says the idea is to continue strengthening relationships with the existing users as well as attracting new users. She said the aim is to make the space “more vibrant”.

GELLEN was recently awarded the lease from the East Gippsland Shire Council to provide management and development services to the hub.

[read more about GELLEN and THE HUB in Bairnsdale online very soon!]

Bairnsdale Advertiser, June 12, 2017


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