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Welcome to MACE for Term 4 2015.

Friday, September 25, 2015
Welcome to MACE for Term 4, 2015.

As we enter our final term for 2015, I wonder where the year has gone? Spring has sprung which means that Mansfield will soon be alive with many activities leading up to Christmas. However it is never too late to start your learning journey or to gain additional skills and in Term 4 we offer some new courses for you to participate in. These include Auslan, Tai Chi, and Christmas Baking.

It’s goodbye from me and hello from Kevin

The MACE Board recently announced the appointment of Kevin Vivian as Executive Officer of MACE commencing September 21. Please join me in welcoming Kevin to MACE and to Mansfield and wish him well in the role.
I would like to thank the students, participants, staff, and Board members that I have worked with over the past fifteen years. Thank you for your support of MACE and I trust you will continue to support this vital community organisation.

Family Learning Support Program – Subsidised Childcare

MACE is pleased to offer Mansfield parents/carers heavily subsidised childcare for those who enrol in courses at MACE. Don’t let the cost of childcare be a barrier to your learning needs. Whether it is an accredited or pre-accredited course, eligible parents will be able to receive a childcare subsidy for up to 15 hours occasional care per week while they attend the course. Please contact us for further details.

Paul Sladdin, CEO

Welcome to MACE for Term 1 2015

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

MACE 1975 – 2015

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday break and were able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. Now may be the time to start thinking about returning to study in preparation for a change of career or for some self-development or just to keep the brain active. Here at MACE we offer a range of courses in a friendly and fun environment delivered by caring and experienced trainers.

In 2015 MACE celebrates its 40th Birthday! The organisation has gone through many changes since it began in 1975 when the focus was unashamedly to provide courses, talks and activities mainly for women. Today the organisation has evolved to be a major regional provider of Vocational Education and Training while retaining its commitment to providing a venue for social connection. Since 1975 MACE has effectively engaged disadvantaged people and those at risk of social isolation including people with a disability, older persons and concession cardholders. Our participants identify multiple reasons for coming to MACE and multiple benefits from attending our courses, activities and programs.

MACE will stage a celebratory event in May 2015 and the Mansfield community will be invited to participate.

Mansfield Education and Training Needs Analysis

Tell us what you really want! Throughout February and March 2015, MACE will be conducting an Education and Training Needs project within the Mansfield Shire. We want to know what training courses/programs you want to see MACE provide – whether it be an accredited course or a leisure/hobby activity. The project seeks the views of individuals, local businesses, community groups and industry.

MACE has engaged local company, Playfair Marketing Services, to undertake the community consultation and research and I ask you to please assist us by either completing a survey or participating in the consultation.

Family Learning Support Program – Subsidised Childcare

In 2015 MACE is pleased to again be able to offer Mansfield parents/carers heavily subsidised childcare for those who enrol in courses at MACE. Don’t let the cost of childcare be a barrier to your learning needs. Whether it is an accredited or pre-accredited course, eligible parents will be able to receive a childcare subsidy for up to 15 hours occasional care per week while they attend the course. Please contact us for further details.

I hope to see you in 2015 at Mansfield’s Learn Local organisation – the Mansfield Community Education Centre.

Paul Sladdin, CEO

Welcome to MACE for Term 4 2014

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Welcome to MACE for Term 4, 2014.

You will notice that the layout of this brochure is different to previous brochures in that it is back to front and upside down! This reflects the ever increasing changes to the compliance regulations in the Vocational Education and Training industry in which MACE operates. Previously it has been OK to combine accredited training programs and leisure (non-accredited) programs in the brochure however we are now required to promote them separately! Naturally our resources do not permit us to print separate brochures so we have decided on this format. I do hope it does not confuse you.

The Accredited training section of the brochure features a number of Certificate and Diploma courses which offer a range of potential job opportunities in areas where there are skill shortages. At a recent Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council presentation it was stated that in thirty years’ time the number of people aged 85 and over will be over three times what it is today - a staggering 1,655,997 people. This will require an additional 22,290 new workers each year in the community services area and not just in Aged Care.

MACE’s Community Services training offers a number of courses in Aged Care, Home & Community Care, Youth, Disability and Children’s Services and are well respected by the industry throughout the North East. MACE works closely with a large number community services providers through the practical placement of our students in workplaces which often leads to offers of employment. 

As we enter the final term for the year there are a number programs that I wish to highlight: we are pleased to announce that the MACE e-Learning platform is now up and running and I invite you to have a look at this on our website. There is a wide range of online courses you can now undertake in the comfort of your home or workplace and at a time of your choosing. With over 30 courses available I am sure you will find a topic of interest for you.

We welcome a new association with the Mansfield Coffee Merchant to host a range of exciting coffee making courses and as the weather starts to warm up we offer our popular Bee Keeping course and introduce a Snake Awareness session complete with live (non-venomous) snakes!

For our senior community members we introduce a new Digital Literacy program being conducted at MACE as well as at the Bonnie Doon Community Centre and we are also offering the popular Introduction to Computers course at a heavily discounted rate for this term only.

MACE is extremely pleased that the Mansfield Community Cubby House is finally operating out of its new premises at 10 Davies Street. I invite all parents and carers to tour the new centre centrally located in the beautiful park setting. Childcare places are limited and are filling fast therefore I urge you contact our Children’s Services Manager on 5775 1111 to organise a tour.

Lastly, MACE will once again host the High Country Quilters’ Charity Patchwork and Quilt Exhibition on November 1st and 2nd.

I hope to see you at Mansfield’s Learn Local organisation – the Mansfield Community Education Centre.

Paul Sladdin, CEO

 

Did you know?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Did you know that MACE has a Facebook Page? Well we do, and if you use Facebook why not pop over and give it a Like. We put up to date information on courses and other activities happening at MACE. Just click the link below to find our page.

MACE Facebook Page

Holiday Office Closure

Friday, December 06, 2013
We will be closed for Christmas from Friday 20th December 2013 at 5pm and re-opening on Monday 6th January 2014 at 10am

For Centrelink customers the contact phone numbers are listed on the Centrelink website. Due to the holiday period you maybe asked by Centrelink to submit or report at an earlier date than normal.

Centrelink Contact Page.


On behalf of the MACE Board of Mangement, Staff and Trainers we would like to wish you all a happy and safe festive season and look forward to seeing you again in 2014.





looking for work while studying

Wednesday, October 02, 2013
looking for work while studying?

Ready For Work

This course will give you tools and qualifications to be able to assist in gaining casual or part time employment while you are studying or looking for a job or career option.

On successful completion of the course you will have the following qualifications.

1. Responsible Service of Alcohol
2. Responsible Service of Food
3. Food Safety Supervisor
4. Barista
5. White Card - Work safely in the construction industry
6. Traffic Management

Students who have one or more of these qualifications may request a Credit Transfer.

When: Monday December 2nd to Friday December 6th
Time:  9am to 5pm
Cost:   $325.00

For more information or to enrol please call MACE on 5775 2077

Uni4U is coming to Toolangi Flowerdale and Yea

Friday, August 30, 2013
Next week is Adult Learner's Week, and Uni4U staff will be visiting community centres in these areas to provide information on the program, and answer questions.
Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity - come along and "have a chat" to find out more! See below for details:
Tuesday 3rd September - Toolangi Community House
Wednesday 4th September - Flowerdale Community House
Thursday 5th September - Yea Community House
Uni4U & MACE staff will be in attendance at each of these locations from 2pm -7pm, why not come and see what your local community centre has to offer!

MACE UNI4U Programs wins in the "Excellence in Creating Local Solutions" section.

Friday, August 30, 2013
MACE UNI4U Programs wins in the "Excellence in Creating Local Solutions" section.

Also a big congratulations to all the other organisations who were nominated and those that won in the other categories. 
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UNI4U Nominated for 2013 Victorian Learn Local Awards

The finalists for the 2013 Learn Local Awards have been announced by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Peter Hall, MLC

The MACE UNi4U program was nominated in the "Excellence in Creating Local Solutions" section. The winners will be announced on Thursday 29th of August at the St.Kilda Townhall.

Going for UNI4U in 2014?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
MACE is offering you an opportunity for you to complete an on-line Tertiary Transition Short Course, Normally $2000 in Melbourne for a reduced cost of only $10.00 For further information or to lodge an expression of interest call Julia at MACE on 03 5775 2077

MACE Uni4U for $10

Uni4U - The study begins close to home

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Want to escape to the country but still be able to get your diploma. The Learn Local organisation in Mansfield has linked with Swinburne University in a innovative UNI4U program. Join us as we interview the manager of the centre and the administrator of the program.