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Local Businesses Urged to attend Workshop to Showcase benefits of Engaging Students

Visit Ballarat will join forces with Highlands LLEN this month to highlight the value of having secondary students involved in local business.

Aimed at business owners and managers, the Working with Young People workshop will discuss:
• Structured Workplace Learning (SWL), which provides secondary students with the opportunity to integrate on-the-job work experience with their VET studies;
• School Based Apprenticeships (SBAT), which enable secondary students to combine part-time employment, school and training;
• The benefits of engaging SWL students in local business;
• How businesses can quickly and easily become a host employer as part of the statewide SWL program;
• Tips for working more effectively with young people; and
• How to assist a young employee if they are experiencing difficulties in life outside of work.

Darcy Anstis, Visit Ballarat, said he sees Visit Ballarat as two departments – one is to promote Ballarat to visitors and have them visit the district, the second is to help the business in Ballarat develop and benefit from visitors.
“Having these sort of workshops can develop opportunities that we have,” he said.
“We have 330 members and they range from hospitality to retail and everything in between, it’s not one real dimension that could come to this workshop. A variety of people and businesses could benefit and it is not just for members but for anyone wishing to learn more about the benefits of engaging young people.”

The workshop will be delivered by Lyndel Nash, Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator at Highlands LLEN.
“SWL students are studying VET (Vocational Education and Training) as part of their year 10, 11 and 12 studies,” Lyndel said. “Students can engage in SWL in blocks of time or one day a week for up to 20 weeks at a cost of $5 per day (to the business) and all SWL students are fully insured.
“It’s very simple to get young people involved in your business. The workshop will have some information how to work well with young people in your business but also its about businesses being able to come along and get a really good snapshot of what structured learning workplace is and how students in their business can be of benefit and how they can support local young people, as well.”
Ms Nash added that a lot of students were very innovative in their thinking and the students get to experience the workplace, which can help them decide whether this is the pathway that they want to take.

“We want to talk to as many businesses as possible, you don’t need to be directly aligned with Visit Ballarat and for only $15 you are not only getting a good, informed session from an expert, there are networking opportunities at the end, as well,” Mr Anstis said.
This workshop is another step towards keeping it local – local business employing local young people, getting them involved in their community and businesses and going on to study or work in these local businesses.
“Local young people are amazing and they need local business to support them,” Lyndell added.
“This is open to any business. It can be a national business or a tiny, small business, but if they think they have something they can offer a student, we really want to talk tot hem.”

The Working with Young People workshop will be held on Monday, February 25, at the Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt St, between 2pm and 3pm. It will include afternoon tea and networking opportunities. Tickets are free for Visit Ballarat members and $15 for non-members. Bookings via Eventbrite.

For further information contact Darcy Anstis (5337 4314 / darcyanstis@visitballarat.org.au) or
Lyndel Nash (0400 564839 / lnash@highlandsllen.org)