Sunbury / Gisborne Careers & Jobs Expo

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Find some answers at the Sunbury / Gisborne Careers & Jobs Expo

Date: 22 July 2015
Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Sunbury Memorial Hall, Stawell Street, Sunbury

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to find out about career and job opportunities in Sunbury/Gisborne. Meet with training and higher education providers and local employers and talk to them about career and employment pathways.

For further enquiries email Wendy [email protected]

Central Ranges LLEN is pleased to partner with Hume Whittlesea LLEN in promoting this exciting event.

2014 On Track Survey Results – Now Available

2014 On Track survey results now available

What is On Track?

On Track is a Victorian Government initiative which surveys school leavers who have left school in the last six months to find out if they are on track to a bright future.

On Track ensures school leavers are contacted within six months of leaving school to see if they are on a path to further education, training or employment. It also enables young people to seek further advice and assistance via a referral service if required to get back on track.

A range of reports are produced annually from On Track survey data. These include: Statewide reports Destinations of School Leavers – comprehensive analysis of destinations of Victorian students six months after they leave school. The 2014 report will be published in September.

Local level reports Year 12 Completers – destination results and VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admis-sions Centre) tertiary applications and enrolments data for Year 12 completers in each Victorian school.

Local Government Area (LGA) Reports – destination pathways of Year 12 com-pleters and Early school leavers for each LGA in Victoria.

Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) Reports – destination pathways of Year 12 completers and Early School Leavers for each LLEN in Victoria.

If you have any queries or would like more information on On Track data, please email: [email protected]

Victorian Government – funds LLENs for 2015

CRLLEN LogoThe Government of Victoria has announced funding for all 31 LLENs across Victoria, including the Central Ranges LLEN.

The commitment is for one year, in 2015, at $8 Million across all 31 LLENs.





See media release Minister Martin Dixon.

This is great news for the LLEN Network to ensure we can continue our work for at least one more year.  It was hoped the current government would match Labor’s electoral commitment of four years at $ 8 Million dollars.

The LLEN Network will continue to advocate for sustainable funding beyond 2015.

Local Government calls on Premier to sufficiently fund Local Learning and Employment Networks


Local governments across Victoria voted for the Municipal Association of Victoria “to call on the Premier of Victoria to commit sufficient funding for the 31 LLENs across Victoria to secure their programs into the future.”

Mayor, Cr Roger Jukes said that Macedon Ranges Shire Council worked closely with the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network to assist young people in the shire.

“Council has had a long-standing relationship with this network. It has been instrumental in helping us and local schools support young people in our shire into employment and training,” he said.

Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Margaret Rae said “the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (CRLLEN) is an established organisation and long term achiever in supporting young people in this region.

CRLLEN provides a critical link between the broader community, industry and young people, which is vital to assisting overall improvements of economic growth for the region and tackling the increasing youth unemployment rate.

LLEN’s are trusted local organisations across Victoria that provide transition and employment outcomes for young people. No other organisations are as uniquely positioned to undertake this work.”

  • LLENs use their knowledge of the region to influence strategic planning and broker partnerships among key stakeholders to support young people to remain engaged, or re-engage, in education or training as well as pathways to employment.  LLENs create and develop sustainable relationships, partnerships and broker initiatives with and across local education providers, industry and community.
  • LLENs make a difference in communities by enabling individuals and organisations to collaborate their ideas and strategies into beneficial partnerships. LLENs create strategic, sustainable partnerships that improve education and transition outcomes for young people, including increasing Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates.
  • LLENs have been in operation for over 13 years across the state, working with young people at risk of disengaging, or who have already disengaged, from education and training and are not in meaningful employment by focusing on increased participation, improving educational attainment and transitional outcomes as well as increasing career aspirations to build a generation of work ready young people.
  • LLENs also facilitate and support a range of initiatives, through partnerships and collaboration with and across stakeholders as well as providing local advice on statewide policy and program issues and serving as an active platform for joining government initiatives with local education and training systems.

Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Chair Doreen Power said “We thank the Councils for their support of the important work we do. Since the last state election the LLEN network across Victoria has assisted approximately 250,000 young people. Every year the LLEN network facilitates over 850 partnerships.

We call on Government to continue ongoing sustainable funding to the LLEN network across Victoria, $13 million annually index linked so we can continue this vital work. For every $1 invested by the State Government an additional $2 is leveraged by LLEN’s in the community.*”

The work of Central Ranges LLEN is fundamental in ensuring that our young people in Victorian regional and rural areas are not left behind and young people are building strong links with educational providers and local employers.

  • CRLLEN facilitated the $11.3 million Trade Training Centre partnership providing industry standard training opportunities to approximately 3,000 young people previously unavailable to local students.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Lower Hume VET Cluster partnership for the past four years, increasing the Vocational Education and Training in school enrolments by 94% within the three year period 2009 to 2012.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Murrindindi Training Needs Analysis reports in 2005 and 2013 providing detailed understanding of local industry training needs and trends across the Shire.
  • CRLLEN was a key partner in creating the Murrindindi Training Institute, a local partnership delivering post-school Vocational Training which is industry driven and supported.  This partnership is very important in light of 0% TAFE delivery in Murrindindi Shire, with no post-school TAFE options in the area (DEECD ACFE Data Pack 2011).
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Macedon Ranges Satellite VCAL program (alternative education) ten years ago in 2003, creating a partnership between schools and community organisations. This program has engaged 217 young people in a Senior Secondary Certificate over ten years, who were not engaged in school.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis reports in 2014 providing detailed understanding of local industry training needs and trends across the Shire.  This project also included building the capacity of all six Neighbourhood Houses to provide coordinated local industry training opportunities.
  • CRLLEN facilitated a new Flexible Learning Options (alternative education) program at Kyneton Community Learning Centre, in partnership with local schools and community organisations, to engage the most vulnerable young people in community back into education and training and pathway into Satellite VCAL program.  In 2013, 40 young people enrolled in the program.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Koorie Pathways Program from 2010-2013 engaging over 100 Indigenous students and families in careers, industry and cultural activities raising the aspiration and attainment of local Indigenous students.

For more information on Central Ranges LLEN initiatives look at our recent Annual Report.

*Victorian LLEN Network survey of LLENs (2014).

Welcome New Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker – Veronica Hunt

Veronica Hunt photoThe Central Ranges Local Learning and Education Network (CRLLEN) welcomes Veronica Hunt (Ronnie). Ronnie takes over from Lisa Linton in the role of Partnership Broker for Macedon Ranges.

Ronnie comes to the Central Ranges LLEN with experience in working with at risk children, young people and families in the fields of Child Protection, Juvenile Justice and Early Childhood for both the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and a number of community based human service programs.  Ronnie has worked with and across a number of community based partnerships (Best Start and School Focused Youth Services) supporting the development and enhancement of integrated systems of services that can respond to the emerging needs of children, young people and families in local settings.

We welcome Ronnie into the role of Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker and look forward to her working with local stakeholders to ensure young people in our communities are engaged in education, employment and training.

You can contact Veronica Hunt here.

Happy New Year – 2014 – On behalf of Central Ranges LLEN

Happy New Year 2014

On behalf of the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network Board and Staff we would like to wish all our members and stakeholders a happy new year for 2014.

The team at Central Ranges LLEN is looking forward to engaging with you to increase the education, training and employment opportunities for local young people across Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi in the brand new year.

We have an updated team structure, including new working days and hours as described below. For more information do not hesitate to contact our office on 035781 1014.

Boyd Maplestone Chief Executive Officer Monday – Friday 9.00am-5.00pm
Lisa Linton Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker Monday – Thursday 9.00am-5.00pm
Anne Vallence Office Administration Manager Monday – Friday (except Wednesday) 9.00am-3.30pm
Therese Thompson Hume Partnership Broker Monday & Tuesday 9.00am-4.00pm
Carmen Fifield Partnership Broker Tuesday & Thursday 9.00am-3.00pm


Central Ranges LLEN – funding for 2014


The Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLEN) program across Victoria, has been re-funded for one more year by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (State) and the Department of Education (Federal) till the end of December 2014.

The Central Ranges LLEN Board is delighted to continue its excellent work of being a catalyst for and developer of strategic networks, projects and partnerships across our three shires of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Macedon Ranges to improve the education, training and employment opportunities for local young people.  As outlined at the 2013 Annual General Meeting the Central Ranges LLEN has lead or supported around 20 networks, projects and partnerships a year.  Some of our recent achievements have been:

Key outcomes from the Central Ranges LLEN work has been to monitor the improvement of key targets in our 2010-2013 Strategic Plan which has seen the following improvements:

  • Since 2009, 42% increase in VET in school enrolments
  • Since 2009, 10% increase in VCAL enrolments
  • Since 2009, 52 students have completed VCAL at Kyneton Satellite VCAL program at an average of 72% partial or full completion per year
  • Since 2009, 10% increase in positive destination of young people leaving school early to 82%.
  • Since 2009, 6% increase in Senior Secondary completion to 78%.

In the coming months as we commence discussion with key decision makers about the future of the LLENs program beyond 2014, we hope that you have valued the work of the Central Ranges LLEN over the past decade and you will share with government departments, industry associations, local members and other key stakeholders the importance of continuing the LLENs program in 2015 and beyond.

If you would like to join the Central Ranges LLEN Association feel free to fill in an online membership application form.

State-wide Learn Local Awards – Kyneton Community Learning Centre Finalist

Kyneton Community Learning Centre (KCLC) was a finalist for the 2013 Learn Local Awards announced by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Peter Hall, MLC.  The Learn Local Awards recognise the exceptional efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Victorian Learn Local education and training sector.

There is a total of $35,000 available to winners in five categories.  The category of nomination for KCLC is in “Excellence in Creating Local Solutions” which recognises the efforts of both the Learn Local and their significant partners in delivering a collaborative project.

Central Ranges LLEN support included:

  • Provision of funding to support a trainer to develop the program and consult with local stakeholders on referral pathways, partnership support and delivery options
  • Facilitated an advisory committee to identify issues, develop collective solutions and support the implementation of the program.
  • Brokering meetings between organisations to encourage referrals and to clarify roles and responsibilities
  • Bringing new stakeholders to the table
  • Providing  linkage to a wide range networks to promote program
  • Supported the implementation of program through knowledge and experience with other FLO programs;
  • Guided the development of an evaluation mechanism for the pilot;
  • Fed back developments from the Youth Partnerships program and fostered connections back to the executive through CEO
  • Conducted evaluation and production of report

The 2013 Awards were presentation at a dinner will be held on Thursday 29 August at the St Kilda Town Hall.  Unfortunately Kyneton Community Learning Centre did not win the award, but was celebrated as an excellent partnership model.

Welcome New Staff Member

Partnership Broker Hume - Helen Nielsen

Partnership Broker Hume – Helen Nielsen

The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes Helen Nielsen to the position of Hume Partnership Broker which encompasses the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Helen has taken over from Carmen Fifield in the maternity leave position while our previous Hume Partnership Broker, Therese Hippisley, enjoys time with new baby, Leila Rose, who arrived just before Christmas.

Helen comes to the CRLLEN with experience in employment services, working with vulnerable youth and the community as well as a background in marketing. Helen has a passion for education to be available to all people and the development and growth of opportunities for our local youth across the sectors of education, industry and community.

We wish Helen all the very best in her new role and look forward to working together and supporting her to ensure young people in our communities are engaged in education, employment or training.

Helen’s contact details can be found on the staff page

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