Where Seymour is located we have limited opportunity for trade and large industry experience for our students and we have problems I suppose with youth unemployment due to the fact that there's not a lot of industry based opportunities.
*Speaker 2 – Trent McCarthy, Executive Office, Central Ranges LLEN*
So the Central Ranges LLEN has acted as a broker to build a relationship between the range of services that are offered at the Puckapunyal army base and the local schools in the Seymour area. And we actually have four schools in Seymour that all offer different pathways for young people, but the one thing they all have in common is a great opportunity to build a connection with the biggest employer, Broadspectrum here and in Seymour.
*Speaker 3 – Mark Smith, Manager Victoria & Tasmania Defence Base Services. Includes base service activities *
Broadspectrum provide a multitude of services to Puckapunyal as we do across the whole of the nation. Some of our services include Hospitality and Catering, Land Management, Environmental Management, Pest and Vermin control, Fire Fighting, Trade Services for the facilities maintenance. Everything that happens out there that the Department of Defence do we manage that on their behalf.
*Speaker 4 – Jeremy Linton, Careers and Pathways Coordinator, Seymour College. *
It's been a really good thing to have a local employer come on board because while there are some of the units for students, if you have seventy students in the year level all needing a work placement in a similar time, it can be overwhelming for local employers. So for Broadspectrum to come on board and to look at how they can offer opportunities has meant that there’s positions available to students you wouldn't otherwise get without travelling long distances to Melbourne.
From our perspective, this is a great opportunity for Structured Workplace Learning opportunities, that could evolve into entry level employment. So it's creating an entry point for all young people and a broader range of opportunities that otherwise wouldn't exist.
*Speaker 5 – Carlo Demartinis, Executive Manager, Central Ranges Trade Training Centre. Includes student counselling*
VET without industry connections, without input from industry of course, wouldn't be the same, so a partnership like this will benefit everyone because the students will have access to Structured Workplace Learning opportunities or, if not that, they'll at least be able to see and observe what happens in industry in various trade areas. And an organisation like Broadspectrum, of course with its work at Puckapunyal, they cover a broad range of skills, so the ability to experience working in an environment as vital as Broadspectrum is really of a great benefit our students.
We have students with very high aspirations, who believe that universities are the best thing for them, that once they've had a taster of all the different types of employment opportunities, sometimes they also decide to build VET into their VCE outcomes because some of those are scored, and assist with their ATAR and also their future pathways.
*Speaker 6 - Benjamin Robinson, Year 10 Student, Seymour College*
With my Cert Two in Engineering here at Seymour College I'm excited to see how it is actually used in real life working jobs in Puckapunyal and seeing how it's relevant to all the machinery and equipment.
*Speaker 7 – Gabrielle Gaspari, Year 10 Students, Seymour College. Includes defence base service activities*
I would like to get real world experiences and organisational skills and learn how to interact with people more confidently.
We know a lot of young people are desperate to have mentors, and that's one of the great things that this partnership is starting to develop, opportunities for professionals to mentor local young people, even if it's in an area that they never thought they'd be mentored in. That's opening new doors for young people.
*Mark Smith. Includes defence base service activities and partnership meeting *
The other idea behind this is to generate work and generate opportunities for students. We can actually bring students from here and put them straight into our workforce, that is a benefit to us as an organisation. It means we are not having to chase employees to try and get them to come and work for us, they're actually right at our doorstep.
It's a great relationship in regard to ensuring that, for the youth of our town, there’s a commitment to that with youth in Seymour, and it's not only the education department it's also looking at Broadspectrum and larger world players, in the world of work, that are committed to students and their outcomes. Extremely fortunate position that we’re in here in Seymour.