Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 9.03.21 pmThe Board of Management and CRLLEN staff would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Central Ranges LLEN members a very happy Christmas. Thank you for all the support and encouragement provided throughout the year.

The CRLLEN staff look forward to working with our many networks and the general community in 2017, continuing the aim to engage and connect with youth, community and business, throughout the Shires of Macedon Ranges, Mitchell & Murrindindi.

The CRLLEN Office relocation took place six months ago and we have settled in well to the new space at 93 Watson Street, Wallan. Sincere thanks to Sally Lasslett and Wallan Secondary College for their support with the move. Feel free to call in for a visit!

Hot desks are also available for community use. Contact Anne on 5783 1111 for further details.

Please note the Central Ranges LLEN Office will be closed from 3.30pm Friday 23rd December until 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Staff Changes – Farewell Carmel

We are sorry to have to say farewell to Carmel Veenstra who has been the Industry Engagement Manager at the Central Ranges LLEN for most of 2016. She has worked tirelessly in establishing and promoting the State Government initiated Structured Workplace Learning Project throughout the CRLLEN region. Carmel has also provided great support in the wider field of other LLEN initiatives.

Carmel is taking on the role of Industry Engagement Consultant with the EPIC Industry Training Board who will be providing advice to the Victorian Skills Commissioner on skill demands and needs in the area of Energy Technology.

We wish her every success in her new venture.


On Wednesday 22 June the Central Ranges LLEN Office was re-located. The CRLLEN is now situated in the former VCAL House (formerly the Wallan Police Station residence), on the grounds of the Wallan Secondary College, in the township of Wallan.

Please note the new CRLLEN Office contact details:

Address: 93 Watson Street, Wallan Vic 3757

Office Phone: 0357 831 111

Office Fax: 0357 831 100

Please note – if you want to locate us via Google Maps please enter the search as ‘Central Ranges LLEN, Watson Street Wallan’  – the street number will not locate us correctly.


Young Parents – Flexible Learning Options now available in Seymour!


FLO_Young ParentsSeymour Flexible Learning Centre (FLC), in conjunction with The Bridge Youth Service, will soon be offering a Young Parents Program.

The program caters to young parents up to the age of 25.

Seymour FLC principal Donald Gibbons says the program benefits the entire community.

‘‘All young people, no matter what their circumstance deserve the right to an education, and a future,’’ he said.

Seymour FLC has established a dedicated space where parents can bring their children and study at the same time.

The program aims to provide learning outcomes, pathways planning and guidance to each student, and to reduce and improve the negative stigma and mental health issues associated with being a young parent.

Seymour FLC also has an adolescent health and maternal and child health nurse working with the young parents on site.

Individual learning plans are developed for each student, focusing on their interests and goals, and working towards completion of a VCAL certificate.

The Young Parents Program is running on Mondays and Thursdays at Seymour FLC. For more information phone Anthea on 0448 004 359 or Bonnie on 5799 1298.

Reminder! Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 17th May, 2016

All CRLLEN members and interested people are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting being held on Tuesday 17th May in the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Racing Club, East Street, Kilmore. Proceedings will commence at 10.00am and conclude at approximately 12.30pm.

The 2016 Annual General Meeting will provide an overview of CRLLEN’s work and achievements in 2015 and our future strategic direction.The Christine Cox Trailblazer Awards, recognising outstanding achievements in the areas of Education, Business, Community and Family, will also be presented.

Attendees will be treated to a lively panel discussion in the style of ABC TV’s Q&A program, exploring how we can all take up the challenge of the Education State and create bright futures for students and young people. Our panel includes:

  • Julie Aldous, 2014 Victorian Rural Woman of the Year, speaker and educator
  • Mike Flattley, Executive Director, Royal Society of Victoria
  • Georgina McEncroe, comedian, writer, radio host and educator

We encourage all interested persons to attend and join our association – membership is free!


VCE and CAREERS Expo 2016

Australia’s biggest Careers Expo is being held at the Caulfield Racecourse on Thursday 5 May, Friday 6 May , 9am – 3pm and Saturday 7 May, Sunday 8 May, 10am – 4pm.

School Group discounts available (bookings close 22 April)

The Expo features over 190 exhibitors, seminars on VCE subjects, career and study advice. There will be 156 Seminars on topics including Tertiary courses, Careers and Gap Year options.

For more information go to:


Welcome to CRLLEN’s new Industry Engagement Manager

VEENSTRA profile picCentral Ranges LLEN welcomes Carmel Veenstra to the position of Industry Engagement Manager.

As part of this exciting new role funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Carmel will lead the development of our Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program, which connects schools and students with industries and employers.

Carmel comes to CRLLEN with extensive experience and a passionate commitment to young people, having worked within vocational education and training for the past 18 years. During this time, Carmel has worked collaboratively with industry bodies, employers, schools, LLENs, TAFEs, unions, registered training organisations and group training organisations to improve the outcomes for students and young people.

If you’re an employer who is interested in creating work placement opportunities for local students, Carmel would love to hear from you. Carmel can be contacted on 0417 344 455 or via email: [email protected]

We wish Carmel all the very best in her new role and we look forward to working with her to ensure all young people in our communities are positively engaged in education, training or meaningful employment.

Victorian Training Award – 2016 Nominations – now open!

The Victorian Training Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training (VET) students, teachers, employers and training providers, and recognise collaboration and innovation in the training system.

Members of the public will again have a chance to vote in the Community Choice Award, which was created last year. The inaugural Lynne Kosky Memorial Award will also be added as a new award category this year, recognising lifetime achievement in the promotion of educational excellence in VET in Victoria.

Applicants can either self-nominate or be nominated by others. Nominating is easier this year. Go to and help celebrate training excellence. Nominations close on 6 May at 5pm.

New Position! – Industry Engagement Manager – Apply Now!

The Central Ranges LLEN is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated Industry Engagement Manager.

This will be an ‘in-the-field’ role and will require extensive travel throughout the three Shires of Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi.

For all details, please go to:

Applications close: Monday 7th March, 2016 at 5pm.

Regional Partnerships – applicants welcome.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for regional communities!

The Minister for Regional Development, the Hon.Jaala Pulford MP, is seeking nominations from local business and community leaders interested in representing their region.

The Regional Partnerships will provide a platform for communities to have a greater say in issues that matter and ensure their needs are heard by government.

Partnerships will include representatives and links to the three levels of government. These roles present an excellent opportunity to collaborate with your community, identify regional priorities, influence government and positively shape the outcomes of your region.

For further details please go to: