PARRAMATTA LINKS TO LEARNING November 2011
Speaker Background <ul><li>My name is  Quek </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator of Parramatta Links to Learning since Sept 2008 ...
YWCA NSW approach <ul><li>Create positive attitude  </li></ul><ul><li>Make learning easy </li></ul><ul><li>Show them we ca...
So How ? To make them feel at ease & overcome barriers to learning  We ….. <ul><li>Provide bright comfortable clean settin...
To make learning easy but not dumb down training <ul><li>We..... </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize book learning and have “No hom...
The YWCA program <ul><li>Retail training  at Certificate 2 level </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Good prospect for future employmen...
Program Frequency <ul><li>4 training programs  per year </li></ul><ul><li>To minimize distraction by former school mates, ...
<ul><li>Participant receives Retail Certificate 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Nationally accredited qualification because of </li></...
Snap shot of Program success
What underpinned success? <ul><li>In addition to those already discussed under YWCA NSW’s approach to running the program,...
Networking and relationship statistics <ul><li>Net work of 13 schools  </li></ul><ul><li>23 service agencies & community g...
Application Process <ul><li>Participants respond to newspaper advertisements, word of mouth and electronic flyers sent to ...
School Responsibilities <ul><li>Allocate school contact person to facilitate good working relationship and communication –...
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  1. 1. PARRAMATTA LINKS TO LEARNING November 2011
  2. 2. Speaker Background <ul><li>My name is Quek </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator of Parramatta Links to Learning since Sept 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Have run a total of 12 programs in that time </li></ul><ul><li>YWCA NSW has been delivering the program in Parramatta LGA for over 15 years </li></ul>
  3. 3. YWCA NSW approach <ul><li>Create positive attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Make learning easy </li></ul><ul><li>Show them we care </li></ul>
  4. 4. So How ? To make them feel at ease & overcome barriers to learning We ….. <ul><li>Provide bright comfortable clean setting </li></ul><ul><li>with casual style seating configuration </li></ul><ul><li>Greet and welcome participants </li></ul><ul><li>Meet basic physical needs – food, fare </li></ul><ul><li>Address barriers to learning </li></ul>
  5. 5. To make learning easy but not dumb down training <ul><li>We..... </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize book learning and have “No homework” policy </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize visual learning which requires attendance & punctuality </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage discussion, share experience and role play - </li></ul><ul><li>which ensures understanding of content & knowledge retention </li></ul><ul><li>Provide support for completing assessments - offering </li></ul><ul><li>option of written or oral evidence of competency </li></ul>
  6. 6. The YWCA program <ul><li>Retail training at Certificate 2 level </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Good prospect for future employment; Level of training accepted as part of Yr 10 education; & Often matches interest of disengaged young people </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment - 10 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Content comprises 14 modules with 1 week work placement. Hence, i t is fast pace training </li></ul><ul><li>Participants must look for work placement as practice of skills and knowledge acquired at training </li></ul>
  7. 7. Program Frequency <ul><li>4 training programs per year </li></ul><ul><li>To minimize distraction by former school mates, training period is timed to coincide with school term </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Participant receives Retail Certificate 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Nationally accredited qualification because of </li></ul><ul><li>high quality training </li></ul><ul><li>Provides foundation to pursue diploma in retail </li></ul><ul><li>Also enables going back to education in school, TAFE or other pathways </li></ul>On Completion of all assessments and Minimum 70% attendance
  9. 9. Snap shot of Program success
  10. 10. What underpinned success? <ul><li>In addition to those already discussed under YWCA NSW’s approach to running the program, extensive net working and good working relationship with schools and service agencies were also important contributing factors </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing communication with referral agency to update learning progress and discussion of issues confronting participant </li></ul><ul><li>Can be deputy principal, career advisor or head teacher if referral from school </li></ul>
  11. 11. Networking and relationship statistics <ul><li>Net work of 13 schools </li></ul><ul><li>23 service agencies & community groups </li></ul><ul><li>Representing over 100 contacts within 5km radius of Parramatta </li></ul><ul><li>Receives electronic flyers twice per program & 4 programs each year </li></ul><ul><li>Hence, program has extensive reach of disengaged young people </li></ul><ul><li>From this network, developed strong working relationship with 2 schools and 3 service agencies </li></ul>
  12. 12. Application Process <ul><li>Participants respond to newspaper advertisements, word of mouth and electronic flyers sent to schools, service agencies and community groups </li></ul><ul><li>At enrolment interview, aim of training, behavior code, YWCA NSW policy and commitment requirements are explained </li></ul><ul><li>Candidate is also given information of course content, delivery methods and training time, and assured of support to overcome any barriers to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Candidate will only be enrolled once they have been assessed as understanding requirements of program and after they have signed an agreement </li></ul>
  13. 13. School Responsibilities <ul><li>Allocate school contact person to facilitate good working relationship and communication – can be Deputy Principal, Head Teacher or Careers Advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Provide details of education experience of referrals so YWCA NSW can be more effective in helping young person overcome barriers to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Point out current issues of student in school </li></ul><ul><li>Share strategies to manage difficult behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Make paperwork easy by providing referral with release letter when attending enrolment interview </li></ul><ul><li>Provide feedback on student progress after returning to school </li></ul>
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