BNLLEN supports a range of Professional Development and Careers Networks across the region.
Northern VCAL Network
About the Northern VCAL Network
The Northern Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Network is comprised of VCAL providers in the Northern Melbourne region. It provides a supportive and collaborative framework to assist with the delivery of VCAL and includes opportunities for professional development and support of the Quality Assurance (QA) process. The Network aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information and support tools to its members and benefit VCAL professionals at all year levels and across all VCAL settings within the region.
The purpose of the Northern VCAL Network is to:
- Provide a professional platform and series of network meetings for VCAL Providers to meet and network, access relevant resources, and share best practice.
- Support VCAL Providers in the provision of the two VCAL QA sessions to meet the VCAA requirements set for the year.
- Develop the opportunity for up to three further professional development sessions relevant to the needs of the Network Members.
This year the Northern VCAL Network members came together for a Professional Development Meeting in Eltham on the 26 May. The theme focused on vocational pathways and included an informative presentation from the VCAA.
Stakeholder representatives who play a significant role in developing and supporting School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) shared important and relevant information about their role and how they can help students achieve vocational pathway success.
To find out more about the VCAL Network contact Alison on Alison@bnllen.org.au
Banyule Nillumbik Careers Group (BNCG)
About the Banyule Nillumbik Careers Group
The BNCG is made up of career professionals and other staff from secondary schools located in the Banyule and Nillumbik local government areas. It provides opportunity for networking, improved access to information through sharing good practice, guest speaker presentations and professional learning.
The purpose of the careers group is to:
- Engage career professionals and staff to come together, network, access relevant resources and share best practice through a series of scheduled annual network meetings.
- Support the provision of careers in secondary school to support career development for students in Years 7 – 12.
- Provide up to three professional development sessions relevant to the needs of the network members.
The BNCG is made up of twenty-five (25) member schools and community education providers who come together twice a school term. With exception of the first meeting, all others were held virtually between Term 1 and 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, the network has shared their experiences and adapted career practice due to the move to online learning. The members also heard from a range of guest speakers including:
- Tertiary Providers,
- Banyule Nillumbik Technical School (BNTS),
- Northern NDCO Program,
Real Industry Job Interviews
Some members of the BNCG and their respective schools/Year 9 students commit to participating in the BNLLEN’s annual Real Industry Job Interview program, designed to help students with job search, job application and preparing for a mock interview.
This year BNLLEN held a Professional Development session online for teachers on how to best deliver the Real Industry Job Interview program to their students
For more about the Real Industry Job Interview program, click here.