September 2017
Mid Coast Connect is a not-for-profit organisation striving to assist young people with their 
transition from school into further education, training or employment.
Networking - Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak
Work Placement Coordinators Rachel and Phil were invited to address the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak regarding Work Placement and other programs available at Mid Coast Connect. Rotary Members were asked to identify work placements opportunities for students especially in the areas of Business Services, Financial Services and IT. It was a successful morning and identified some good leads for placement opportunities with local business in Coffs Harbour.

We're always on the look out for supportive host employers so please contact us if you know someone who can help.
Work Placement - around and about
Work placement prepares senior school and TAFE students for employment. Students studying VET courses as part of their HSC are given the opportunity to learn practical skills through experience and practice in the workplace. 
Country kids fly in for Swinburne experience

At the end of July, the Country Education Foundation (CEF) took six country kids to Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne for its open day. This was the first time in a few years that CEF has been able to undertake this sort of trip - and only possible due to Swinburne's generous funding for this excursion. 

Six students from Kempsey and Yass took up the offer.  The Kempsey students were nominated by the local Macleay Valley Education Fund which is supported by Mid Coast Connect. Chair, Terry Witchard coordinated the trip and his efforts were recognised by the national office. 

The four boys and two girls were engaged, enthusiastic and motivated by what Swinburne displayed. The students had a wide variety of interests - from psychology to linguistics, science to game development. Each student was able to check course offerings at the Hawthorn campus, along with the on-campus accommodation. 

While at Swinburne current CEF recipient Kiernan Moore was able to meet up with us and chat to the students, telling them about life at uni. Kiernan is from Kempsey and in his first year of study at Swinburne.

Feedback from the Year 12 students was positive and the students felt the experience was very worthwhile.

Applications for grants from the Hastings, Macleay Valley and Great Lakes Education Funds are now open.  See http://engage.cef.org.au/student/apply
Applications close 30 September.
School Leaver Support -Taree
Brooke has recently assisted sixteen school leavers to enrol in the SkillsLink Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. This course runs for 12 weeks and provides assistnace to move into further training and/or employment.
Positions Vacant: Apprenticeships/Traineeships

Full time apprenticeships/traineeships available
School Based traineeships available
Apprentice Panel Beater - Port Macquarie Certificate II in Hospitality - Port Macquarie & Coffs Harbour
Apprentice Small Motor Mechanic - Port Macquarie Certificate II in Business Services - Port Macquarie & Taree
Apprentice Carpenter - Port Macquarie Certificate II in Community Pharmacy - Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour & Kempsey
Apprentice Auto-electrician - Port Macquarie Certificate II in Retail Services - Coffs Harbour
Certificate II in Retail Services - Coffs Harbour
Expression of Interest: Program Manager/Coordinator
Mid Coast Connect have an Expression of Interest for Program Manager/Coordinator positions. These positions could be located in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour,
Kempsey or Taree.
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Port Macquarie

Coffs Harbour 

Kempsey 

Taree 

6583 5910

6653 2900

6562 5314

6551 5463