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Kinders get a facelift

09 Aug 2018 • Corryong Courier, Corryong VIC (General News) Hundreds of kindergartens are set to benefit from new and improved outdoor play spaces, televisions, laptops and tablets as part of the Victorian government's latest kindergarten grants round. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said many kinders in her electorate will benefit from the government's SI.64 million through this year's Children's Facilities Capital Program minor grants round. Ms Symcs said 26 kindergartens in Northern Victoria will use their funding to purchase laptops, desktop computers. Ipads and printers and to make significant building improvements. The Community Early-years Childcare at Walwa will receive S863 to install specialised children's software for its kindergarten program.

Kinders get a facelift

09 Aug 2018 • Corryong Courier, Corryong VIC (General News) Hundreds of kindergartens are set to benefit from new and improved outdoor play spaces, televisions, laptops and tablets as part of the Victorian government's latest kindergarten grants round. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said many kinders in her electorate will benefit from the government's SI.64 million through this year's Children's Facilities Capital Program minor grants round. Ms Symcs said 26 kindergartens in Northern Victoria will use their funding to purchase laptops, desktop computers. Ipads and printers and to make significant building improvements. The Community Early-years Childcare at Walwa will receive S863 to install specialised children's software for its kindergarten program.

Seat change?

09 Aug 2018 • Shepparton News, Shepparton VIC (General News) UPPER HOUSE MEMBER COULD RUN IN LOWER HOUSE Could a lower house tilt be on the cards for Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes? The upper house Labor MP yesterday released a statement addressing this suggestion. Ms Symes said she had been asked by many in the Euroa and Ovens Valley electorates to run for the lower house seats. And while the statement stopped short of confirming any move, it did suggest the idea was being considered. "I'm proud of what I have been able to deliver in securing funding for many projects across north-east Victoria in just over three years and there is plenty more work to do to deliver for these amazing communities," Ms Symes said. "My priority is to keep delivering for all of northern Victoria and any decision regarding running for Euroa or another seat is one I will make with my family and party colleagues," she said. The Euroa and Ovens Valley seats are held by the Nationals' Steph Ryan and Tim McCurdy, respectively.

Seat change?

09 Aug 2018 • Shepparton News, Shepparton VIC (General News) UPPER HOUSE MEMBER COULD RUN IN LOWER HOUSE Could a lower house tilt be on the cards for Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes? The upper house Labor MP yesterday released a statement addressing this suggestion. Ms Symes said she had been asked by many in the Euroa and Ovens Valley electorates to run for the lower house seats. And while the statement stopped short of confirming any move, it did suggest the idea was being considered. "I'm proud of what I have been able to deliver in securing funding for many projects across north-east Victoria in just over three years and there is plenty more work to do to deliver for these amazing communities," Ms Symes said. "My priority is to keep delivering for all of northern Victoria and any decision regarding running for Euroa or another seat is one I will make with my family and party colleagues," she said. The Euroa and Ovens Valley seats are held by the Nationals' Steph Ryan and Tim McCurdy, respectively.

Grants available for volunteers

09 Aug 2018 • Ovens and Murray Advertiser, Wangaratta VIC (General News) EMERGENCY service organisations and their volunteers are eligible for a share in $10 million worth of grants from the State Government this year. The SES and its members are eligible for the 2018-19 Emergency Services Sustainability grants program Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Norther Victoria) recently announced. Other groups who can apply include Life Saving Victoria, volunteer Marine Search and Rescue units and other emergency management organisations identified in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria. The CFA has its own government-funded grants program for volunteer firefighters, with more than half of the $10 million Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program already allocated to brigades. "I encourage emergency service organisations in Northern Victoria to apply for these grants that help volunteers keep our country communities safe," Ms Symes said. "Labor is providing volunteers with the training, equipment and facilities they need, which is why we've funded the $10 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability grants program." Ms Symes said ESVS grants were available across a range of criteria, including training and development, community engagement, operational equipment, education and minor facilities upgrades. Applications can be made by an individual volunteer, unit or club, or an agency/organisation with grants up to $50,000 available. For more information on how to apply for an ESVS grant, visit emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Applications close on Wednesday, August 22.

Grants available for volunteers

09 Aug 2018 • Ovens and Murray Advertiser, Wangaratta VIC (General News) EMERGENCY service organisations and their volunteers are eligible for a share in $10 million worth of grants from the State Government this year. The SES and its members are eligible for the 2018-19 Emergency Services Sustainability grants program Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Norther Victoria) recently announced. Other groups who can apply include Life Saving Victoria, volunteer Marine Search and Rescue units and other emergency management organisations identified in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria. The CFA has its own government-funded grants program for volunteer firefighters, with more than half of the $10 million Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program already allocated to brigades. "I encourage emergency service organisations in Northern Victoria to apply for these grants that help volunteers keep our country communities safe," Ms Symes said. "Labor is providing volunteers with the training, equipment and facilities they need, which is why we've funded the $10 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability grants program." Ms Symes said ESVS grants were available across a range of criteria, including training and development, community engagement, operational equipment, education and minor facilities upgrades. Applications can be made by an individual volunteer, unit or club, or an agency/organisation with grants up to $50,000 available. For more information on how to apply for an ESVS grant, visit emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Applications close on Wednesday, August 22.

VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Northern Victoria apprentices, trainees, teachers and training providers will take centre stage at this year’s Victorian Training Awards. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, jaclyn Symes, today congratulated Sophie Babycz of Wallan, Sarah Whitling and Christian Bashimbe of Wodonga, Elise Stewart of Kangaroo Flat and Wodonga Institute of TAFE who have been nominated. The awards, to be held on August 24 and now in its 64th year, celebrate excellence in the training system, showcasing collaboration between industry and training providers.  This year’s awards feature 13 categories including six individual categories. The Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement and the People’s Choice Award for Apprentice of the Year again feature this year, along with the new Inclusive Training Provider of the Year Award. Ms Symes said Victoria is delivering high quality training with students having the opportunity to learn the skills they need to get a job, and delivering a skilled workforce for industry. “Northern Victoria will be well represented at the awards and this highlights the fantastic work happening in the training system here in country Victoria,” Ms Symes said. “These prestigious awards recognise the very best practice and innovation in training - celebrating the key role our training sector plays in delivering real workplace skills that meet the need of both workers and employers. “The Victorian Training Awards are a chance for us to celebrate all the great work that is going on across all areas of the training system. “The Government’s record investment in Victoria’s training and TAFE system is benefiting apprentices, trainees, industries and communities, ensuring we have the skills needed to contribute to Victoria’s economy, build our infrastructure and forge strong communities.” The awards will be presented at Crown Palladium with individual, employer, small and large training provider categories representing Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney in November. The Victorian Government has provided an additional $644 million through the 2018–19 Victorian State Budget to ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a job and share in Victoria’s prosperity. Please find below information on the finalists Name Bio Suburb Qualification Name of training provider Location of training provider Employer/school name Sophie Babycz The experience of doing a school-based apprenticeship with Wallan Neighbourhood House is extremely rewarding for Sophie Babycz. When the opportunity presented she jumped at the chance to become an SbAT student, studying a Certificate III in Business at Goulburn Institute of TAFE. Sophie believes that business skills will serve her well in a changing world. Working in a community organisation with a broad range of people has been an exciting experience that’s seen her develop strong communication skills. Being given the responsibility of report writing, assisting with promotional material, and providing customer support has solidified Sophie’s goals to work in the business field. Wallan Certificate III in Business GOTAFE Shepparton Wallan Secondary College Wallan Neighbourhood House Sarah Whitling Being a trainer at Wodonga Institute of TAFE gives Sarah Whitling the opportunity to share her passion and skills with young people who are beginning their journey into the culinary arts. She’s particularly enthusiastic about creating opportunities for marginalised groups, especially Aboriginal, ESL and disadvantaged youth. Approximately 90 per cent of Sarah’s Indigenous students have a variety of special needs. In response she developed a method of training that was both practical and culturally relevant, leading to a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations for Aboriginals. Dedicated to providing the highest grade of training available, Sarah invites local, national and international chefs to work alongside her students and apprentices. Wodonga Certificate II in Hospitality Certificate II in Kitchen Operations Certificate III in Commercial Cookery Certificate III in Patisserie Certificate III in Events Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation) Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate) Wodonga Institute of TAFE Wodonga Wodonga Institute of TAFE Christian Bashimbe Since arriving in Australia from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017, Christian Bashimbe has dedicated himself to creating a better future for vulnerable groups. Christian’s experiences of war determined that he would do humanitarian work and he’s already been a terrific ambassador. In 2017 he received a Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence. His vocational pathway began by upskilling in English, but his ultimate aim is to achieve a Bachelor of Social Science. Through his recent appointment to the Multicultural Youth Network in Melbourne, Christian hopes to advance his consulting, teamwork and project management skills, and looks forward to the opportunity to advise the government on issues affecting multicultural youth. Wodonga Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English - Further Studies Wodonga Institute of TAFE Wodonga N/A Elise Stewart Elise Stewart demonstrates that having a disability shouldn’t prevent anyone from achieving their goals. Initially Elise was told she couldn’t become a nurse because she is profoundly deaf and could put patients at risk. Through resilience and determination, she became the first deaf person to complete a Diploma of Nursing at Bendigo TAFE. To accomplish this Elise accessed full-time interpreters, lobbied to have electronic materials subtitled, and worked with an audiologist to have equipment amplified so she could hear bodily sounds. Elise’s inspiring work helped to break down the communication barriers for teachers, peers and patients, and her current workplace now has deafness awareness training. Kangeroo Flat Diploma of Nursing Bendigo TAFE Bendigo St John Of God Wodonga Institute of TAFE Ranked highest in the Victorian TAFE sector for student and employer satisfaction, and acknowledged as an exemplar model for improving youth outcomes, Wodonga Institute of TAFE provides vocational education services to diverse learners. A low rate of tertiary education participation in the region inspired them to collaborate with other institutions to develop more relevant pathway courses. For instance, students who achieve low ATAR scores can access the Wodonga Institute of TAFE – Charles Sturt University Pathway Program and attain a dual Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation and a Diploma of General Studies. Outcomes for their 211 participants have been outstanding with significant increases in course demand, and one student being awarded a PhD scholarship. Wodonga            

VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Northern Victoria apprentices, trainees, teachers and training providers will take centre stage at this year’s Victorian Training Awards. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, jaclyn Symes, today congratulated Sophie Babycz of Wallan, Sarah Whitling and Christian Bashimbe of Wodonga, Elise Stewart of Kangaroo Flat and Wodonga Institute of TAFE who have been nominated. The awards, to be held on August 24 and now in its 64th year, celebrate excellence in the training system, showcasing collaboration between industry and training providers.  This year’s awards feature 13 categories including six individual categories. The Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement and the People’s Choice Award for Apprentice of the Year again feature this year, along with the new Inclusive Training Provider of the Year Award. Ms Symes said Victoria is delivering high quality training with students having the opportunity to learn the skills they need to get a job, and delivering a skilled workforce for industry. “Northern Victoria will be well represented at the awards and this highlights the fantastic work happening in the training system here in country Victoria,” Ms Symes said. “These prestigious awards recognise the very best practice and innovation in training - celebrating the key role our training sector plays in delivering real workplace skills that meet the need of both workers and employers. “The Victorian Training Awards are a chance for us to celebrate all the great work that is going on across all areas of the training system. “The Government’s record investment in Victoria’s training and TAFE system is benefiting apprentices, trainees, industries and communities, ensuring we have the skills needed to contribute to Victoria’s economy, build our infrastructure and forge strong communities.” The awards will be presented at Crown Palladium with individual, employer, small and large training provider categories representing Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney in November. The Victorian Government has provided an additional $644 million through the 2018–19 Victorian State Budget to ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a job and share in Victoria’s prosperity. Please find below information on the finalists Name Bio Suburb Qualification Name of training provider Location of training provider Employer/school name Sophie Babycz The experience of doing a school-based apprenticeship with Wallan Neighbourhood House is extremely rewarding for Sophie Babycz. When the opportunity presented she jumped at the chance to become an SbAT student, studying a Certificate III in Business at Goulburn Institute of TAFE. Sophie believes that business skills will serve her well in a changing world. Working in a community organisation with a broad range of people has been an exciting experience that’s seen her develop strong communication skills. Being given the responsibility of report writing, assisting with promotional material, and providing customer support has solidified Sophie’s goals to work in the business field. Wallan Certificate III in Business GOTAFE Shepparton Wallan Secondary College Wallan Neighbourhood House Sarah Whitling Being a trainer at Wodonga Institute of TAFE gives Sarah Whitling the opportunity to share her passion and skills with young people who are beginning their journey into the culinary arts. She’s particularly enthusiastic about creating opportunities for marginalised groups, especially Aboriginal, ESL and disadvantaged youth. Approximately 90 per cent of Sarah’s Indigenous students have a variety of special needs. In response she developed a method of training that was both practical and culturally relevant, leading to a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations for Aboriginals. Dedicated to providing the highest grade of training available, Sarah invites local, national and international chefs to work alongside her students and apprentices. Wodonga Certificate II in Hospitality Certificate II in Kitchen Operations Certificate III in Commercial Cookery Certificate III in Patisserie Certificate III in Events Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation) Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate) Wodonga Institute of TAFE Wodonga Wodonga Institute of TAFE Christian Bashimbe Since arriving in Australia from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017, Christian Bashimbe has dedicated himself to creating a better future for vulnerable groups. Christian’s experiences of war determined that he would do humanitarian work and he’s already been a terrific ambassador. In 2017 he received a Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence. His vocational pathway began by upskilling in English, but his ultimate aim is to achieve a Bachelor of Social Science. Through his recent appointment to the Multicultural Youth Network in Melbourne, Christian hopes to advance his consulting, teamwork and project management skills, and looks forward to the opportunity to advise the government on issues affecting multicultural youth. Wodonga Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English - Further Studies Wodonga Institute of TAFE Wodonga N/A Elise Stewart Elise Stewart demonstrates that having a disability shouldn’t prevent anyone from achieving their goals. Initially Elise was told she couldn’t become a nurse because she is profoundly deaf and could put patients at risk. Through resilience and determination, she became the first deaf person to complete a Diploma of Nursing at Bendigo TAFE. To accomplish this Elise accessed full-time interpreters, lobbied to have electronic materials subtitled, and worked with an audiologist to have equipment amplified so she could hear bodily sounds. Elise’s inspiring work helped to break down the communication barriers for teachers, peers and patients, and her current workplace now has deafness awareness training. Kangeroo Flat Diploma of Nursing Bendigo TAFE Bendigo St John Of God Wodonga Institute of TAFE Ranked highest in the Victorian TAFE sector for student and employer satisfaction, and acknowledged as an exemplar model for improving youth outcomes, Wodonga Institute of TAFE provides vocational education services to diverse learners. A low rate of tertiary education participation in the region inspired them to collaborate with other institutions to develop more relevant pathway courses. For instance, students who achieve low ATAR scores can access the Wodonga Institute of TAFE – Charles Sturt University Pathway Program and attain a dual Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation and a Diploma of General Studies. Outcomes for their 211 participants have been outstanding with significant increases in course demand, and one student being awarded a PhD scholarship. Wodonga            

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