National MP’s visit
10 November 2016
The Nationals Deputy Leader Steph Ryan and the Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien were given a glimpse of new training opportunities to build work skills for adults and young people at Community College Gippsland’s Leongatha campus.
A new Hair and Beauty Training School, expanded VCAL program, general education courses for adults and a new work skills program to grow food for the community are some of the programs on offer.
Community College Gippsland Chief Executive Officer, Sue Geals, said the visit was an opportunity to discuss CCG’s role as a not-for-profit training provider that is working to grow skills and opportunities for local people.
“It was a chance to meet Steph Ryan who is also Shadow Minister for Training, Skills & Apprenticeships and brief her and Danny O’Brien on regional training issues.”
The pair toured the campus including the new CCG Hair and Beauty School - a first for south Gippsland offering accredited qualifications for people to start or advance their careers in hairdressing and beauty.
“Community Foodies is another new program we are delivering where people who want to build work skills are growing food for the community and learning a range of horticulture and farm skills.”
Ms Geals said engaging young people to build skills for work and life was another critical training area.
“We have established an independent secondary school called ECG College which is delivering an innovative VCAL program for young people aged 15 to 20 who are unable to stay in a mainstream school.
Head of School, Jamie Robertson, said the students had engaged in projects including learning how to run activities, set up small businesses, undertake a renovation project and work-related skills.”
“The program has been most successful and is being expanded to accommodate more students at Leongatha in 2017.”
CCG also offers general education courses for adults to build skills to get back into work or further training.
Ms Geals said the campus in Howard Street has grown significantly in the past two years with a focus on including community groups to value-add to the learning precinct.
We have the Leongatha Community Garden, Leongatha Men’s Shed and Yooralla based at the campus which provides a variety of activities and connections.