VCAL Achievement Awards
Partner Achievement Award Winners
The Mustard Tree Op Shop and Café and Ranges TEC
L-R: The Mustard Tree Op Shop and Café representative Dale McKeon, Ranges TEC representative Carol Aitkin and Parliamentary Secretary Judith Graley
The Mustard Tree Op Shop and Café is part of the shop front for the Lilydale Baptist Church, which services the Lilydale community by providing youth employment training, as well as clothing and other services to the local homeless and marginalised.
The project aimed to improve the amenities of the land surrounding the car park outside the shop and café, using repurposed and recycled materials where possible.
Student teams grouped together to build a shed, trellis, seating, fencing and attached slats to the alfresco area. This project enabled VCAL students to practise and reinforce the skills they had learned previously.
Peninsula VCAL Association and Frankston Mornington Peninsula Local Learning and Employment Network
L-R: Peninsular VCAL representative Mandy Stevens, FMPLLEN representative Jo Prosser and Parliamentary Secretary Judith Graley
The Peninsula VCAL Association is a network of 25 schools. It promotes partnerships between schools to enhance outcomes for young people and raise the profile of VCAL in schools and the community. The PVA operates as an advisory group and subcommittee of the FMP/LLEN Board of Management.
The PVA promotes VCAL through various events, professional development opportunities and a publication. The PVA oversees
VCAL Voice – a student-led publication with articles written by VCAL students; the Frankston Mornington Peninsula (FMP) VCAL Awards – recognise student and school excellence in the area; and other events include the VCAL Cook Off, Raft Race and VCAL Forum.
The PVA also supports new VCAL staff by providing professional development, online resources and mentoring options.
Monterey Secondary College and Parks Victoria
L-R: Monterey Secondary College representative Susan Pollard, Parks Victoria representatives Sam Pollard and Lily Brown with Parliamentary Secretary Judith Graley
This partnership was developed as part of the college's VCAL Industry Connect Program. As part of the program students worked alongside Parks Victoria and Green Army volunteers, and with Deakin University students learning about land conservation and management.
The program proved very successful and many VCAL students want to work in land management and conservation. Eight students have undertaken School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and two are enrolling at TAFE to study to become rangers.