Eastern Food Alliance & TAFE Transitions

To provide Eastern Food Alliance (Social Enterprise) School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) Warehousing Students with TAFE and pathways information to support their transition into the next step of their career.

Partnership Members:
• Eastern Food Alliance
• Box Hill Institute
• Eastern Region Schools

Context and Goals
Many of the exiting Eastern Food Alliance (EFA) students do not have the confidence or knowledge to move onto further educational training. By bringing in another education provider such as Box Hill Institute (BHI), to explore the vast career options with these students and supplying them with detailed information in a familiar environment, campus tours and introductions to Student Support Services staff, these students will be able to make an informed decision with confidence into the next step of their careers.

“With the continuous support from Gateway LLEN, EFA has been able to secure a youth and adult pathways transitional arrangement with Box Hill Inst. that will support ongoing educational outcomes for all of its students for 2014. In partnership with Box Hill Inst. and Gateway LLEN we have secured tours of TAFE facilities and possibilities for pathways to Apprenticeships and vocational support around literacy and numeracy for all of our students attending in 2014. With the further support of Eastern region schools, our RTO partner Train 2 Learn and our Apprenticeship Centre CVGT we have engaged the level of support required to help make this transition as smooth and as successful as possible. Our target is to guide 60% of our students to further education and training in 2014 and into higher level qualifications of attainment.”
Kevin Hall – Director – Eastern Food Alliance.

Partnership’s Approach
Gateway LLEN brokered a partnership between BHI and EFA to present career pathways information sessions for students nearing the end of their SBAT. BHI and Gateway LLEN provided these sessions to the students within the training rooms at the EFA location in Kilsyth.

• SBAT & Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) students have access to course information for future study
• Students are able to discuss with experts in relation to benefits, challenges and prerequisites for studying and working within particular fields of interest
• Direct contacts within the TAFE Institute Student Support Services, making the transition and request for additional support less intimidating
• Students also receive information on what employers look for i.e. tips on applying for a job, cover letters, resumes, preparing for interviews, attending an interview and workplace etiquette.

Next Steps
BHI will continue these information sessions in 2014, which will include tours of BHI and introductions to the Student Services Department staff within the TAFE. This will familiarise students with the support staff and facilities, should the students choose BHI to further their studies in either full-time / part-time training or an Apprenticeship/Traineeship. The partnership is also expanding information sessions and tours in 2014 with Holmesglen TAFE, to cater for the many students at EFA travelling from the Monash area.

Support from the Partnership Broker
The partnership broker brought together a Social Enterprise, a private Registered Training Organisation (RTO) (Train2Learn) and BHI to address and meet the realistic needs of the EFA Students. It is very uncommon for TAFE and a private RTO to work together, however on this occasion it has resulted in the best possible outcome for the students. All parties are exceptionally pleased with the outcomes.

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    Gateway Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) is one 31 Victorian LLENs. The goal of the LLENs is to improve outcomes for young people, 10 – 19 years old, by increasing opportunities for their participation, attainment and successful transitions in education, training or employment. Gateway LLEN encompasses the local government areas of Whitehorse, Manningham and Monash and works with key stakeholders within these communities.

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