Seymour College assistant principal Derek Rimes, left, Central Ranges LLEN chief executive Trent McCarthy, GOTAFE student attraction acting director Jane O’Brien, GOTAFE youth engagement officer Madison Whiteman, Seymour Flexible Learning Centre careers and pathways director Jana Ash, Central Ranges LLEN engagement director Lena Way, St Mary’s College career practitioner Tanya Oakley, Ventia defence base services manager Brett Kelly, Cental Ranges LLEN deputy chair Sue Marstaeller OAM, Seymour Flexible Learning Centre principal Shane Elliot, student Lilly, Ventia business community general manager Neil Birtchnell, and Seymour College careers and pathways coordinator Jeremy Linton. ​

Schools and TAFE students in the Seymour and Puckapunyal areas will continue to benefit from a partnership to provide vocational opportunities from the second largest employer in the region.

The Seymour Puckapunyal Youth Partnership, between employer Ventia, Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, GOTAFE, Seymour College, St Mary’s College, and Seymour Flexible Learning Centre, provides students with a range of experiences including training interviews, industry visits, work placements, as well as securing an apprenticeship, traineeship or employment.

Ventia, an infrastructure services provider with operations at Puckapunyal Defence Base, is the second biggest employer in the region and has played a significant role in providing opportunities for students and young people may potentially work for Ventia or seek employment elsewhere.

The partnership was created in 2016, with Central Ranges LLEN cooperating with schools, GOTAFE and Ventia to identify the potential to create more opportunities for students.

Central Ranges LLEN chief executive Trent McCarthy said the partnership had already proved worthwhile.

“The partnership has now run for over five years with two of these during the pandemic and we’ve continued to create meaningful experiences,” he said.

“We can be confident that this partnership will continue to make a difference for many years to come.”

GOTAFE youth engagement officer Madison Whiteman said the opportunity to continue to work alongside Ventia was welcomed.

“GOTAFE is proud to reaffirm our commitment to this partnership and look forward to supporting its continued success into the future,” she said.

“Setting students up for success has always been at the centre of every discussion, every debate and every decision reached through this partnership.”

For more information about the Seymour Puckapunyal Youth Partnership, people can contact LLEN communications coordinator Emma Linton by calling 0432 306 132 or emailing communications@vicllens.org.au.

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