OVENS-MURRAY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
In partnership with North East LLEN (NELLEN), North East Tracks LLEN (NETRACKS LLEN), has received funding from Regional Development Victoria (RDV) to pilot a project that introduces vocational education to year 9 students (standard education practice is to delay vocational education studies to year 10), in North East Victorian Schools.
This project is based upon a highly successful model developed and trialled at Mansfield Secondary College where year 9 students were offered Certif. 2 courses in agriculture incorporating work experience on farms in the area.
This project has expanded the focus to include the horticulture and health sectors.
The aim is to prove and verify the benefits that accrue to a young person’s education and future aspirations by becoming engaged in hands on learning at year 9.
The project workforce team works in a co-ordination role to connect schools/students to businesses that see benefits in contributing to the learning of their potentially future workforce, and an RTO to deliver the vocational learning.