Flexible Learning Options (FLO) Evaluations – SNAPSHOT DOCUMENT

In 2013 the Central Ranges LLEN completed six FLO program evaluations. Three in the Macedon Ranges and three in Mitchell.

Mitchell programs included:

  1. Euroa Community Education Centre Flexible Learning Options Program (in partnership with Broadford SC)

Certificate I, II and III General Education for Adults

  1. Broadford Secondary College Pre-Cal Program
  2. Seymour College Pre-Cal Program


Macedon Ranges programs included:

  1. Gisborne Secondary College CONNECT Flexible Learning Options Program – Certificate I Vocational Preparation
  2. Macedon Ranges Satellite VCAL (associated with Kyneton Secondary College) – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior VCAL Certificate
  3. Kyneton Community Learning CentreFlexible Learning Options Program – Certificate I Vocational Preparation

The Central Ranges LLEN is now releasing a snapshot document that summarising the themes of these six evaluations – to inform the future planning of new and ongoing FLO programs.


Flexible Learning Options Evaluations – Show Great Results Across Central Ranges

In 2013, the Central Ranges LLEN been conducting a number of evaluations across the region assessing the effectiveness, challenges and outcomes for a number of Flexible Learning Option programs.  The Central Ranges LLEN intends to combine the results of these evaluations to provide recommendations on the key to successes and ensuring sustainability of these options is achieved.

Young people are at risk of disengaging from school when their life circumstances, learning experiences and/or behaviours impede learning, reduce school success and discourage participation. Schools and community organisations across Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi shires are working to implement strategies to address the increasing numbers of students who are in this category. Flexible Learning Options (FLO) are programs in school and community settings that support those young people to re-engage in school. There are a number of models that can be used to implement a program including those that are provided within schools, those that run as alternative education programs or programs that are provided by other organisations, such as Community VCAL.

The Central Ranges LLEN is working in partnership with local schools and training providers to provide evaluations on the following programs:

  • Kyneton Community & Learning Centre – Vocational Preparation program
  • Gisborne Secondary College – Connect program
  • Seymour College – pre-CAL program
  • Broadford Secondary College – pre-CAL program
  • Euroa Community Education Centre & Broadford Secondary College – CGEA program
  • Kyneton Secondary College & Cobaw Community Health – Satellite VCAL program

For more information go to our Flexible Learning Options page.

Murrindindi Youth Partnership

NewLogoVerticalMurrindindi Youth Partnership consists of members from the Murrindindi Shire Council, Job Service Agencies, Workplace Learning Coordinator Program, CRLLEN, Yea High School, Alexandra Secondary College, Nexus Community Health, Youth Agencies & Youth Connections Program, Yea District Memorial, Alexandra Hospitals, Alexandra Community Health, The Apprenticeship Factory, Victoria Police and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The objective of the network is to keep well informed and work together on improving opportunities for keeping students interacting and engaged in school.

The network meets on a regular basis to share and update the latest information available/ provided by each agency so resources can be utilised within the area.

Through this partnership there are many resources and contacts shared for flexible learning options, traineeship and apprenticeship information that assist all schools and parties that are dealing with venerable youth.

This partnership is looking at develop health and well being opportunities, school based apprenticeships and flexible learning programs.  This is assisting the community to move forward and improve youth opportunities.

If you would like to know more including how to get involved then you can contact:

Stuart Coller, Coordinator Youth Development,  Murrindindi Shire on 57 720 712.

Helen Nielsen, Hume Partnership Broker, Central Ranges LLEN on 57 811 014.


Yammer – CRLLEN Social Networking

Yammer is a social network for businesses and companies; this means that unlike other social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, which are designed for public use, Yammer is designed for private communication for members.

The basic set up is free, easy to use, and, perhaps, most importantly, it provides a private, manageable, and secure online space for individuals and organisations to communicate.

It allows everyone to share information more freely and create more opportunities to collaborate together online to strengthen the provision of education and training across our region.

We have Yammer Networks the following local networks:

  1. Youth Training Pathways Network
  2. Lower Hume VET & Pathways Cluster

If you would like to join one of these groups, please sign and return the usage policy attached to each network to become a member.  We have over local 40 members across both networks, which are administered by the Central Ranges LLEN.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to Carmen Fifield

Macedon Ranges stakeholders REVAMP their Industry Engagement Strategy

In February 2013 the Macedon Ranges Employment and Training Network reviewed their strategic direction to collaboratively tackle the issues and opportunities for increasing education, employment and training for its residents.

The network has been renamed to reflect the important role that education plays in increasing these opportunities for the community as well as training and industry sectors.  The new title is the Macedon Ranges Education, Employment and Training Network (MR EE&T).

Taking advantage of the strategic direction of Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the network has identified key collaborative actions planned for 2013.  The objectives of the Network are to:


  • Identify issues, develop and implement collaborative solutions to address them

  • Facilitate the coordination between industry, training, community and community organisations around opportunities

  • Promote opportunities around EE&T for MR residents, business and industry

The final plan will be completed in May and enacted in 2013.  For more information go to our Education and Training networks page.

Evaluation of the Kyneton Community Learning Centre Flexible Learning Options Report

KCLC logoDuring 2012 a pilot  program was delivered through Kyneton Community Learning Centre (KCLC) targeting disengaged  students aged 14-15 (up to 17 years) in a Certificate I in Vocational Preparation course.

The Flexible Learning Options Advisory Committee, established to provide support to the implementation of the program, decided to evaluate the outcomes against the original objectives to determine the success of the pilot.   It was intended that outcomes could then be reported back to the broader networks to inform future program development and evidence resource requirements.

An evaluation plan was developed using a Flexible Learning Options evaluation framework and tools were developed to measure outcomes. The Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker conducted the research with participants, program deliverers and partners.

The evaluation report investigated the ability of the program to increase the re-engagement into educational/career pathways for dis-engaged young people.  This was measured by the ability of the program to achieve sustained participant engagement, increased opportunities for education and career pathways for participants; increased partner effectiveness in supporting participants during and after the program and learning’s to inform future re-engagement programs.

Evaluation findings concluded that the pilot was successful in re-engaging the majority of young people enrolled for a period beyond the life of the program.  It highlighted the importance of partnerships, high level resourcing, flexibility, program adaptation, and most importantly coordination between stakeholders.

See the Flexible Learning Options Evaluation Executive Summary and Full Report.

CRLLEN staff are able to assist education or training organisations in the evaluation of their Flexible Learning Options Programs with a suite of tools or expert advice.

Macedon Ranges Flexible Learning Options – Graduation

Kyneton Community Learning Centre with the support of the Central Ranges LLEN and the Flexible Learning Options Advisory Committee has successfully delivered a Certificate I in Vocational Preparation course in Term 3, 2012.  Seven students have either partially or fully completed the four day a week course and graduated on Friday 21st September 2012.

Most of the young people in the course had not been attending school regularly in 2012.  A number had not been at school for a many years.  After completing the course every participant had identified the education or career pathway in which they wanted to head.  Three participants have transitioned to the Certificate II in General Education for Adults (CGEA) to be delivered in Term 4.  One participant has enrolled back in school and one has enrolled in TAFE. One student is following up doing a Traineeship, and one is working part-time.  Participants were also involved in a project in partnership with Macedon Ranges Council where they created street art on the floors and walls of the now disused Kyneton Pool.  Central Ranges LLEN is in the process of evaluating the pilot program to use as an evidence base for the successful delivery of further programs into the future.

The CGEA course will be offered in Term 4, 2012 and Term 1, 2013 and is available for young people aged 15-17 years who are enrolled and not enrolled in school.  The course is aimed at engaging young people to improve their literacy skills in a relaxed small group environment.

For further information contact Kyneton Community Learning Centre


Seymour Youth Engagement – Expression of Interest

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Hume Region have developed an Expression of Interest for interested training and community organisations to submit an application to develop and run a Flexible Learning Options program for young people disengaging from school or who have left school across the Seymour and broader area.

It is expected that the course will commence Term 1 2013 and will be open to young people currently enrolled in school and those that have left school early. The program will be supported by a Management Committee and a Stakeholder Committee ensuring the appropriate protocols and stakeholder support are provided to the lead organisation.

Training organisations and Community Organisations (partnered with a Training organisation) are encouraged to apply.  See UPDATED (as of 6th Sept) Expressions of Interest document, which is due to be submitted to the Central Ranges LLEN by Friday 28th of September. 

Potential applicants should also read the following supporting documentation to inform the development of a Seymour Youth Engagement Program: Flexible Learning Option RecommendationsFlexible Learning Option Course Outline and DEECD FLO Funding Arrangements.

For more information contact Boyd Maplestone, CEO Central Ranges LLEN on 03 57811014 or [email protected]

Flexible Learning Option – Macedon Ranges

The Central Ranges LLEN has facilitated a local advisory committee to establish a pilot for a flexible learning options program for young people in the Macedon Ranges area.  The program is offering a Certificate I in Vocational Preparation commencing the week of 30th of July 2012 (Term 3).  Student can then transition into a Certificate II in Certificate of General Education for Adults (CGEA) in Term 4 2012 and complete in Term 1 2013.  This program is available for young people aged 15-17 years who are enrolled and not enrolled in school.  The course is aimed at engaging and inspiring young people to seek a pathways into further education, employment and training.  For further information contact Kyneton Community Learning Centre or go to our Flexible Learning Options page.

See MR FLO – Voc Prep brochure commencing Term 2012