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

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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).