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MEMBER newsletter April 2013

An abbreviated version of this newsletter is provided to nonmembers.

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In this issue

From the EO

1. VALA Conference 2013

2. Webinar - The Big Issue Classroom

3. VCAA Notices - CGEA Update

4. VCAA Notices - New VCAL providers

5. VCAL for LIFE - Video

6. VCAL First - Resource

7. Working Community Program - Resource

8. SAFE-T1

9. VET Development Centre - Diploma and Cert IV scholarship program

10. Armed & Dangerous - Youth Arts/Media Festival - Free event

11. 2013 Consumer Stuff Film Fest

12. Research - Northern LLENs and Youth Connections consortia

13. VISTA 2013 Foundation Skills Conference

14. Labour mobility and VET in Australia • NCVER webinar

From the EO

ADam Whitbread Survived the Summer? Survived the Grand Prix? Survived the stop work? What First term lacked in duration it sure made up for in intensity. Thank goodness for the break which came rolling in just when we needed a cool change.
Autumn is indeed a wonderful time and I hope everyone had a very Happy Easter. We are really looking forward to a truly inspiring term ahead and we hope you can join us for our first Webinar on May 16th with The Big Issue Classroom followed closely by our flagship conference 'Connecting Conversations' on the 31st May with an outstanding line up of teachers and working professionals fresh from the front lines ready to share their ideas and experiences. It's bound to get you talking. So do come along and join in a conversation about something that inspires you and your practice.

Adam Whitbread

Executive Officer

1. VALA Conference 2013

2013 Conference logoThe Conference cometh - don't miss out.

'Connecting Conversations' is now open for bookings. With an outstanding line up of presenters plus some great new features such as repeated presentations, a new style plenary and a special student project marketplace where some of the keenest VCAL students get the opportunity to tell you about their work first hand. And don't forget the array of resources and services on offer from our wonderful exhibitors. We expect a sell out attendance this year so take advantage of the special Early bird rates.

Sandringham College logoA special congratulation goes to the VCAL students of Sandringham Secondary College who will be assisting throughout the day as our Official Student Helpers.

Bookings open now with generous discounts for members.

Note: Early Bird rate ends 26th April.

Program and registration

2. Webinar - The Big Issue Classroom

The Big Issue logoSince 2009, more than 30,000 students have experienced face-to-face workshops with TBIC. However this year, TBIC has launched its new eClassroom, an innovative and interactive way of delivering live workshops to students in their classrooms via the internet using webinar technology. eClassrooms are a great way of delivering the same quality resource to schools that may face challenges around travelling to the city for face-to-face workshops.

VALA and The Big Issue Classroom are proud to host a free model eClassroom workshop/webinar for VALA members on Thursday May 16th at 3.30pm, to learn first-hand about the experience on offer to your students.

Register here for the webinar.

Free to members.

Places are limited to 25.

Special! 10 places available for VALA non-members.

Teachers who attend the webinar will be eligible to receive a 10% discount on all face-to-face or eClassroom bookings for their school. To book the classroom and for more info, including curriculum and VELS relevance, visit www.thebigissue.org.au

3. VCAA Notices - CGEA Update

VCAA logoCertificate in General Education for Adults (CGEA)

The CGEA 21772VIC Cert I, 21773VIC Cert II and 21774VIC Cert III have all had their expiry dates extended until 30 June 2013. The VCAL Unit has provided advice on how units within the Certificate 1-3 in the CGEA can provide credit towards the VCAL

Advice on the newly accredited CGEA certificates will be provided once the courses have been accredited.

4. VCAA Notices - New VCAL providers

VCAA logoProspective new providers, who are already delivering the VCE, and wish to deliver the VCAL for the first time in 2014, have been invited to lodge a Notification of Intent with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). A Notification of Intent application and VCAL 2014 Guidelines are available from Mr. David Gallagher, VCAL Unit Manager at the VCAA - gallagher.david.j@edumail.vic.gov.au or telephone 9032 1727.

Schools, education and training organisations that have not previously delivered the VCE and are interested in delivering VCAL need to be registered as a senior secondary provider with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). Please contact Mary Keary at the VRQA on 9032 1546 or email keary.mary.p@edumail.vic.gov.au for registration requirements. The VRQA website has further information.

The completed Notification of Intent application should be returned by Friday, 28 June 2013 to Mr. David Gallagher at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

5. VCAL for LIFE - Video

VCAL for LifeThis short video is an accompaniment to our new VCAL First document and is intended as an introduction to VCAL for students, parents and new teachers.

Produced by VALA for the VCAA, VCAL for Life puts VCAL in context for anyone new to VCAL, featuring interviews with award winning VCAL teachers, a parent and an employer. Of particular interest is the fact that this video has been produced with the assistance of a group of Senior and Intermediate VCAL students.

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6. VCAL First - Resource

VCAL FirstThis new digital publication, written especially for teachers who are coming to grips with VCAL programs for the first time, from VALA provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the essential concepts of VCAL.

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7. Working Community Program - Resource

Working CommunityWorking Community is a community focused school program targeted at young people aged 15-17 who are moving into post-compulsory education.

The structured applied learning program involves young people working in teams, designing and managing their own community projects.

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8. SAFE-T1

SAFE-T1 logoVALA has developed some excellent resources for young workers with WorkSafe Victoria on OHS. These have been recently updated to align with the revised VCAL Personal Development Skills (PDS) units.

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9. VET Development Centre - Diploma and Cert IV scholarship program

VET Development CentreThe Centre manages a Victorian Government funded program that offers scholarships - to the value of $1000 - for practitioners intending to study a diploma level qualification in VET teaching or TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

For further information and to apply, visit the website.

10. Armed & Dangerous - Youth Arts/Media Festival - Free event

Armed and dangerous logoThursday May 30th. Astor Theatre, St Kilda. 1.00 - 2.30 pm

9 short films from VCAL, Community and a diverse range of young media makers.

#A&D provides a landing place for first time filmmakers and has helped hundreds of young people develop skills in media and screen production.

VCAL groups welcome! To find out how your VCAL group can get involved and to book, contact Louise Nicholas Ph: (03) 9510 5444 Email: lnicholas@iellen.org.au

Sponsored by

  • Inner Eastern Local Learning & Employment Network
  • SKYS (St Kilda Youth Service) and the
  • The St Kilda Film Festival

11. 2013 Consumer Stuff Film Fest

Consumer Affairs VictoriaThe Film Fest provides teachers with a creative and fun way to engage young learners, challenging them to make their own film on a consumer-based topic.

Entering the competition is a great way for your students to tell us what they think about consumer issues that affect them - and there are some great prizes up for grabs.

Entries close Friday, 6 September 2013. For full competition details, visit our Consumer Stuff Film Fest page.

12. Research - Northern LLENs and Youth Connections consortia

Youth Connections logoDarebin Under 16 Project - Improving Education Engagement Report

Published December 2012.

The project focussed on young people in Darebin aged between 10 – 16 years who were either:

  • Completely disengaged; or
  • Whose school attendance did not exceed three or four days a week, indicating a potential for disengagement.

LLEN logoThis research is one of five projects across the northern region undertaken in partnerships between Youth Connections consortia and each LLEN  Moreland, Banyule/Nillumbik, Hume and Whittlesea.

Copies of all reports

13. VISTA 2013 Foundation Skills Conference

VISTAFriday 19 April • 8.30 am registration for 9.00am start 4.15pm finish

William Angliss Conference Centre

Cost: $250 plus GST (VISTA members) $350 plus GST (non members)

With more than 7.5 million Australian adults not having the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to fully participate in today's workforce, the Commonwealth Government released the 'National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults' late 2012.

This one day conference will cover several elements of the strategy along with providing a panel discussion focusing on strategies that Victorian RTOs have put in place to support the development.

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A14NCVER logo. Labour mobility and VET in Australia • NCVER webinar

Labour mobility and VET in Australia

Dr Kostas Mavromaras, Director, National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), Flinders University

Tuesday 23 April 2013 2.30-3.30pm AEST

Labour mobility is a core element of a well-functioning and flexible labour market. Although mobility is considered to be generally desirable, this is not always the case as individual  job-movers can become better or worse off after their move.

In determining whether job quality improves with mobility, the researchers at NILS have compared several measures of quality before and after a VET course and Kostas will share their findings in this free webinar.

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