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MEMBER newsletter NOVEMBER 2013

An abbreviated version of this newsletter is provided to nonmembers.

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In this issue

From the EO

1. Membership renewal

2. Events

VALA's 'Eureka Safari' to the M.A.D.E MUSEUM and Ballarat VCAL Schools Friday November 22nd

Be my VCAL Valentine - The VALA VCAA Induction Day February 14th 2014

CAE Social Inclusion in Learning conference - Thursday 28th November

Gateway Applied Learning Day Professional Development Day - Tuesday 3rd December

3. Competitions

Party For Your rights - Competition closes 1st December 2013

4. Resources

Party For Your rights - CAV


Moneysmart Rookie

5. Pathways


6. VCAL Online

7. VET Teacher Scholarship Program

8. Offers for Members

The Big Issue Classroom

9. VALA Resources

Safe T1 Resources

Working Community Program - Resource

VCAL First - Resource

VCAL for LIFE - Video

From the EO

Adam WhitbreadCongratulations to Sam Murray (VALA Board member 2012-2013) and partner Mari, on the birth of their brand new baby girl: Akira.

After a successful AGM recently we are delighted to announce the new Committee of Management many of whom are returning for a further year with VALA. I would also like to welcome new member Ms Helene Rooks, Futures Manager at Social Enterprise Academy.

My sincere thanks go to all committee members who give so generously of their time and expertise in helping to govern VALA.

1. Membership renewal

VALA logoMembership fees for 2014 have been announced and you can pay them now. That might allow you to squeeze them out of your 2013 budget!

  • Individuals $110
  • Organisations (4 members) $285: additional members $60
  • Unlimited Organisation (unlimited number of members from one organisation) $885
  • Education students $20

Renew or join online

Current members can request an invoice

Download a membership form

2. Events

M.A.D.E logoVALA's 'Eureka Safari' to the M.A.D.E MUSEUM and Ballarat VCAL Schools Friday November 22nd

Celebrate the spirit of Australian Democracy on the VALA Eureka Safari. A unique regional tour taking in some outstanding VCAL schools including Ballarat Secondary College and Phoenix P-12 College then onto the newly opened Museum of Australian Democracy, M.A.D.E., for an inspiring lunch with guest speakers including Dr Helen Weadon from Ballarat University School for Business before a special tour of the facility.

Registrations open now!

Check out the video!

2014 VALA Induction Day BannerBe my VCAL Valentine - The VALA VCAA Induction Day February 14th 2014

Head over heels about Applied Learning and all things VCAL? Make a date with VCAL and VALA on Valentine's Day in 2014 and join us at the excellent NMIT Conference Centre in Preston for an inspiring start to your VCAL Year.

Registrations open

CAE ALA logosCAE Social Inclusion in Learning conference - Thursday 28th November

The Centre of Adult Education (CAE) in partnership with Adult Learning Australia presents the Social Inclusion in Learning Conference as part of Social Inclusion Week 2013.

Join commentators, educators, policy-makers and innovators including Sally Hines from the Big Issue, Dr. Shelley Mallet from Youth Foyers, Michael Meehan from Box Hill Institute, Nick Johns from SKYS, Stella Young, Editor of ABC's Ramp Up and MC Catherine Deveny for a stimulating day of discussion and ideas. Note: Discount for VALA members.


gateway and iellen logosGateway Applied Learning Day Professional Development Day - Tuesday 3rd December

Free event

Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

Speakers include:- Deborah Zang - Director LD Network, Adam Whitbread - CEO VALA, Karen Dymke - Applied Learning Coach, Kevin Hall - Eastern Food Alliance, Cornelia De Brincat - VCAA, Kevin Shanks - Headspace, Michael Meehan - Box Hill Institute, Cherie Osta - Lorne P- 12, Emma McCarthy - Hands On Learning, Graeme Barwise - Berengarra School & Cate Thompson - Gateway LLEN, Richard Leigh - Campfire Film Association, Mark Collard - Playmeo.

Contact Melissa Brown at Gateway LLEN

Download a program PDF

Book your place for this free event

3. Competitions

Party for your rightsParty For Your rights - Competition closes 1st December 2013

Party for your rights features a competition that is open to young consumers aged 16 to 24.

They play Party for your rights, share it on Facebook, enter their details and will be in the draw to win a $100, $200 or $500 gift card.

Entries close at midnight on 1 December 2013.


4. Resources

Party for your rightsParty For Your rights - CAV

Party for your rights!Consumer Affairs Victoria's new online game, Party for your rights, helps young consumers learn about their shopping rights when things go wrong. Party for your rights challenges youth to plan a series of parties by purchasing popular products and services. However, things don't go according to plan and there are various purchasing problems to overcome. Consumer Affairs Victoria developed Party for your rights in response to national research that found that 45 per cent of consumers aged 16 to 24 did not know what rights they had after buying a product or signing up for a service.To encourage young people to take the challenge, we are giving 16 to 24-year-olds the chance to win gift cards worth up to $500 simply by playing and sharing Party for your rights on Facebook.



VALA has subscribed to playmeo - the world's largest online group games database - to give every VALA member FREE access to this amazing online resource. Playmeo features step-by-step instructions, video tutorials & sample lesson plans to 225+ group games and activities including ice-breakers, get-to-know-you games, energisers, trust exercises and team-building & problem-solving activities.


Money Smart RookieMoneysmart Rookie

Young Australians can avoid common 'rookie errors' when they make first time financial decisions thanks to MoneySmart Rookie - a new national initiative from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). MoneySmart Rookie aims to help 16 - 25 year olds make smart financial decisions and equip workers supporting young people with relevant and engaging resources. These resources include educational videos, interactive website resources, community education guides and teacher lesson plans.


5. Pathways

Artsready logoArtsReady

ArtsReady is an on the job traineeship program for school leavers and secondary school students wanting a career path into thearts and creative industries. ArtsReady is a three way partnership with the arts and creative sector and young people, supported by the Federal Government as part of the National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia. ArtsReady's primary goal is to support the industry's growth, through the creation of exciting traineeship opportunities for young people passionate about embarking on a career across technical, management and administrative roles within the arts world.


6. VCAL Online

VCAL-onlineVCAL Online at St Kilda Youth Service Introducing a new initiative for VCAL delivery.

VCAL Online is an innovative approach to learning that incorporates Web based technologies to deliver VCAL course materials. Suitable for students with learning needs outside mainstream settings.

VCAL Online offers tailored youth support to all students in the online learning environment. SKYS welcomes enquires from any interested groups including schools, teachers, students and their parents.

For more information or a personal demonstration contact David Stillwell

7. VET Teacher Scholarship Program

VET Development CentreTo ensure that the Victorian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector is recognised for the quality provision of its training, the Victorian government has funded scholarships for people studying VET teaching qualifications. Applications for the 2014 Scholarship program open on 1 November 2013. The scheme offers up to $1,000 per successful applicant to support study of: TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, TAE50211 Diploma of Training Design and Development, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.


8. Offers for Members

The Big issue logoThe Big Issue Classroom

The Big Issue Classroom (TBIC) is pleased to offer five free eClassroom workshops to VALA members. TBIC's eClassrooms provide secondary school students with real-life insights into homelessness, disadvantage and marginalisation, as experienced by thousands of Australians every night. Our eClassrooms are school firewall safe and easy for time-poor teachers to set up and use. All schools need is a computer with an internet connection and projector or electronic whiteboard, and the eClassroom uses Adobe Connect or Blackboard vRoom software. To be eligible, schools must:

Be located in Melbourne's outer suburbs or country Victoria

  • Have financial or geographic barriers to participating in excursions to Melbourne's CBD
  • Not have previously participated in a TBIC workshop in 2013
  • Hold their free eClassroom workshop before 31 July 2014.

More or contact Annalise De Mel, Program Coordinator - The Big Issue Classroom

9. VALA Resources

SAFE-T1 logoSafe T1 Resources

VALA 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.


Working CommunityWorking Community Program - Resource

Working 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.


VCAL FirstVCAL First - Resource

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


VCAL for LifeVCAL for LIFE - Video

This short video is an accompaniment to our new VCAL First document and is intended as anintroduction to VCAL for students, parents and new teachers. Produced by VALA for the VCAA, VCAL for Life putsVCAL 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.