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Draft Learning
and Youth Jobs
Annual Report Card 2020–2021
Brimbank City Council supports a range
of activities that foster better learning and employment outcomes within the
community.
Brimbank Lifelong Learning Strategy 2018-2023
provides a long-term
approach to improving the social and economic outcomes and recognises learning
as a driver for social change.
Brimbank Youth Jobs Strategy 2018-2023
was
developed by local young people for local young people.
Brimbank Learning Futures
(BLF) is a lifelong learning hub with innovative outreach engagement and responsive
programming that connects young people and adults to learning and pathways to
employment.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Brimbank developed several new programs for
children, families, students, job seekers and individuals to support learning, literacy,
digital literacy, wellbeing, recreation and social connection while people stayed at home.

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Partnerships to enhance lifelong learning
Building strong partnerships between Council and
relevant groups and organisations to support better
community learning outcomes continued to be a
key focus. Partnerships with Learn West, Australian
Learning Communities Network, Adult Learners
Australia, RMIT, Lively and Victoria University were
strengthened to develop programs that empower
learners of all ages who experience barriers to learning.
Learning programs and services included:
A newly developed
Library to Your Door
service
was created in April 2020 to ensure the community
continued to have access to free learning and literacy
materials that were delivered directly to their homes.
New online learning resources were added to the
libraries database to further support remote learning.
Early literacy programs moved online to support
families and to continue important pre literacy
learning from home. Programs reached supported
playgroups, new mothers, CALD communities and
the wider community in a variety of formats.
Council’s Early Years CALD workforce was upskilled to
effectively deliver First Steps New Parent Groups and
Smalltalk programs in English, Vietnamese, Burmese,
Chin, Arabic, Dinka, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Talanoa-Tongan Storytime
, an interactive
storytelling and song program via zoom, for parents
and children to enjoy learning about the Tongan
language and culture.
B-Minor Toddler Music sessions
, interactive online
song and dance sessions for toddlers promoting
language, literacy and numeracy, fine and gross
motor skills.
15,530 visits to the online
Learning Hub
, an
increase of 7.7% over last year. The Learning Hub
provides access to free study and work support
resources such as Studiosity and LinkedIn Learning.
com. The Kids Learning Resources and English
Language class lists were the most visited pages.
Studiosity is a free online tutoring program which
provides study help to all students and community
members through subject matter experts which
are available 24/7 to provide quick one on one
tutoring support to students of all ages from grade
3 to postgraduate level. This service is free to all
community members. Brimbank library membership
is required.
Annual update of
Homework and Study Clubs
and
English Language
programs in Brimbank,
available online.
After School Learning and Study Support Clubs
held at West Sunshine, Westvale and Delahey
Community Centres and Sydenham Neighbourhood
House, partnering with community groups and local
primary schools.
Incursions
– Partnered with local primary schools
to deliver walking excursions in line with their
curriculum to enhance classroom learning and
provide real life experiences and connections.
School Holiday Programming
– over the course
of 12 months Neighbourhood Houses and Libraries
delivered educational programs including cooking,
gardening, Lego Robotics, history and culture,
Australia Wildlife
, art and craft, dance, sports clinics,
science activities, drawing and nature walks.
A seven week online program
Tuning in to Teens
,
building the capacity of parents to communicate
effectively with their children and help their teen
develop emotional intelligence.

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As part of RMIT University’s
Student Placement
Program
, Youth Work students partnered with
Council to create video recordings of foundation life
skills not taught in schools. The videos were recorded
by young people for young people to support them
beyond school.
We Got You Mentoring and Support program,
both online and face to face. Holistic support program,
for children and young people (10-17 years) by older
young people aged 18-30 years who represent
culturally diverse communities in Brimbank.
Chicken Coop Project
– A partnership between
Stevensville Primary School and Westvale
Community Centre’s Men’s Shed to deliver weekly 1.5
hours woodworking sessions at the Men’s Shed to
a class of 16 x Grades 3-4 students who have been
identified as academically struggling or disengaged
in the classroom.
The Lively Intergenerational Learning Project
linked young people with a senior person to
assist in learning about technology, allowing
participants to improve their knowledge to come
together online, improving social connection, and
participation in meetings, forums and programs.
Training was customised to meet the needs of
the individual, including phone support to prepare
people to get online.
Conversation English classes
for the local Burmese
community, with the program co-designed with
CommUnity+ and Burmese mothers.
Practice Your English and Conversational English
Skills sessions held weekly over zoom, via phone and
in person when restrictions allowed.
Computer classes
– A series of computer classes
were available to adults and seniors from beginners
to intermediate level both face to face and online.
Seniors were supported over the phone to learn
how to use zoom to enable connection to others and
access to programs and classes.
Financial Literacy
– Neighbourhood Houses
partnered with organisations such as Good Shepherd
and Centrelink to deliver a series of information
sessions and one on one assistance in the area of
budgeting, advice on who can help with bills, rent and
mortgage stress during COVID 19 and balancing your
Family Assistance Payments.
Through funding from the Commonwealth Home
Support Program, the technology literacy program
for ageing clients was piloted, providing clients with
an iPad and data pack.
Council provided an annual grant to the
Western
Chances Scholarship program
to provide material
support for students experiencing disadvantage,
including assistance for transportation costs, IT,
text books and stationery.
Brimbank Learning Futures
Brimbank Learning Futures provided job ready
programs, study support and career advice face to
face, pivoting services online and by phone during the
shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Strategic partners: Youth Now, School No. 1, Orygen,
MiCare, Afro-Australian Student Organisation enjoy
the non-traditional learning space and add value
to each other’s programs for enhanced learning
outcomes. A further 12 organisations partner with
BLF to deliver programs that empower learners of all
ages who experience barriers to learning.
Mentoring and support was provided through
partnerships with two youth led organisations,
Community Health Advancement and Student
Engagement (CHASE) and Afro-Australian Student
Organisation (AASO) to deliver education, career and
personal development information and classes in
Brimbank. The project is funded from the Victorian
Government ‘Engage’ initiative.
Provided support for secondary school students in
writing their scholarship applications.
BLF continues to support re-engagement with
education, training and employment through weekly:
– Resume writing
– Online jobs search
– Cover letters
– Key Selection Criteria
– Basic jobs search skills
Council’s Level Up (phase 1 and 2) and Mentor
Club programming concluded with 16 participants
successfully completing Mentor Club and 23
participants completing the two phases of the
Level Up program.

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Council officers supported the South Sudanese
Mother’s Coalition to navigate Zoom during the
COVID-19 lockdown to stay connected.
Burmese Wellbeing Sessions on various mental
health topics continue to be delivered in partnership
with Foundation House via Zoom.
Careers Counselling drop in sessions with a careers
counsellor from Victoria University were delivered
weekly.
Learning and Employment innovation
Several council departments delivered online pathways
to learning and employment sessions, collaborating
with VU Jobs and Skills centre, RMIT, Community Plus
and other Learn Locals.
Brimbank Libraries
provided face to face learning,
job ready programs, study support and career advice
up until March 2020 and then pivoted services
online and by phone during the shutdown due to the
COVID-19 pandemic.
Job Search Club
– Assistance with resume, cover
letter, interview skills and job search skills.
Between August and December 2020, Libraries
conducted a ‘
Career Pathways’
program. The
program consisted of 13 online sessions on the
job market post COVID-19, TAFE and areas of skills
shortages. Sessions were in high demand attracting
young people as well job-seekers aged 30 and above.
Between November and December Council ran
additional free sessions of the popular ‘Career
Pathways’ program in partnership with RMIT for
Brimbank community members who were either
school leavers in 2020, unemployed or lost their jobs
during COVID-19. Participants were also re-skilled and
furthered their studies by doing a free TAFE course.
As part of Learn West, Brimbank partnered with
Hobsons Bay, Melton, and Wyndham Councils, Learn
Locals, VU Jobs & Skills Centre, Gordon Institute, and
several industries to deliver the
Learning for Earning
Festival
in May 2020. Thirty sessions on Learning,
Skills, Career Planning and Pathways, Employment,
Industry and Business, and Entrepreneurship were
delivered online for jobseekers over three days to
300 participants.
As well as being an invaluable study help resource
for students, Studiosity also provides support to job
seekers by providing feedback on their resume and
cover letter and assists with job search skills.
Council received a $660,000 grant from the
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to employ
Jobs Victoria Advocates (JAs).
The JAs help people
who have lost their jobs due to the effects of the
pandemic and the long-term unemployed to access
employment services, training opportunities and
other supports.
The
Social Procurement in the West
project was
held from September 2020 to March 2021 and was
funded by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and
Regions, with Brimbank the project’s lead delivery
partner on behalf of the six western region Councils
– Brimbank, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Melton,
Wyndham and Hobsons Bay. The project engaged
with key stakeholders including businesses, major
transport authorities, the education sector and
social enterprises to develop a more integrated
and effective western region response to social
procurement. The project developed a model to
support the creation of more local jobs for local
young people experiencing disadvantage.
Brimbank Learning Futures
80B Harvester Road, Sunshine, VIC 3020
Phone: 9249 4116
learning@brimbank.vic.gov.au
www.brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au
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