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Vocational Counsellor

Bendigo Kangan Institute - Ravenhall, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

Source: uWorkin


Role Type: Part Time Fixed Term till Dec 2021

Remuneration: $85,998 - $94,722+ Superannuation (based on qualification & experience)

Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute are the TAFE trading brands of Bendigo Kangan Institute. We are one of Victoria's largest TAFE providers, with over 40,000 enrolled students per annum. We offer vocational training to students from all over the northern metro corridor as well as Loddon Campaspe regions. We pride ourselves on the quality of training we provide by having industry expert teachers who impart their wealth of experience to the workforce of the future. We believe in everything we do, we give people the opportunity to be the best they can be. We are currently seeking an experienced Vocational Counsellor to join our Corrections Education team at Ravenhall Prison.

The Role:

This position provides specialist vocational assessment services resulting in the development of a learning plan and learning plan review using methodology and templates provided by Corrections Victoria.

Key objectives of the vocational counsellor are to:

  • Interrogate and use Corrections Victoria database outputs to prioritise and identify candidates;
  • Use Corrections Victoria templates;
  • Interview, assess, complete documentation, report and upload learning plans within specified timeframes;
  • Identify appropriate vocational and learning goals and pathways;
  • Ensure Language, Literacy and Numeracy test results are included and discussed;
  • Include recommendations for General Skills Development, Advanced Skills Development, Distance Education and employment-related goals;
  • Respond to student queries in relation to career and vocational objectives;
  • Encourage candidates to enrol and participate in courses to maximise the acquisition of new skills and knowledge;
  • Encourage related prison employment opportunities to maximise the acquisition of skills relevant to the candidate's goals.

The position is required to:

  • have a strong understanding of student learning pathways and the Australian education system;
  • understand restrictions to employment opportunities relevant to the candidate's criminal history;
  • be culturally competent;
  • work in custodial settings;
  • have strategies, techniques and sufficient understanding of the barriers to learning and/or employment in the correctional setting and in the community including but not limited to, past negative education experiences, physical and mental health, financial, and others, to provide advice that is relevant and goals that are achievable. 

This position will develop individual pathways to increase the potential for education and employment participation of prisoners on release.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Support key stakeholders to develop robust project documentation
  • Manage the flow of information in and around the Organisational Transformation projects, ensuring that incoming information is recorded and distributed in a timely manner
  • Manage and maintain central registers, including budgets, project status, risks and issues, and resourcing
  • Draft regular reports for distribution to relevant governance forums
  • Undertake detailed analysis and provide sound advice on the health of projects and the portfolio including working with project teams to identify and articulate remediation plans as required

Required Qualifications:

  • Mandatory post-graduate qualification that meets the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) standards for professional membership.
  • National Police Certificate
  • A valid Working with Children Check (WWC) Assessment Notice and/or WWC card
  • Police Check
  • Evidence of eligibility to work in Australia


  • Be a member of a committed teaching staff team
  • Counselling support (EAP) and Health & Wellbeing initiatives throughout the year
  • Flexible work options.
  • Free onsite parking for most campuses
  • Professional development programs and many more....

If this sounds like the role for you, please click 'Apply for this job/Apply now ', we would love to hear from you.

For further information regarding this outstanding opportunity, please contact Dianne Mahoney, Lead Educator on dmahoney@kangan.edu.au.

NOTE: BKI reserves the right to withdrawn this advertised position at any stage.

Applications from candidates with valid working rights would only be considered. The information you have provided will be retained by us for the purposes of assessment against this role and other like roles for up to 6 months.

We are a child safe and equal opportunity employer. It is mandatory requirement that the successful candidate has a current working with children check and national police check prior to commencement. Application from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged.

Ravenhall, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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