Annual General Meeting – 16th May 2017

The Central Ranges LLEN will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16 May 2017, from 10am to 12.30pm at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Racing Club, East Street, Kilmore.
The guest speaker will be Jeanette Pope, an expert in Youth Employment and Skills. Her presentation will be followed by a lively panel discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities for young people in the Central ranges region.
Members are invited to nominate for vacant positions on the Committee of Management. Nominations close 5pm 5 May 2017. For further information including vacancies and nomination forms please contact the CRLLEN Office on 5783 1111 or email [email protected]
RSVP’s are essential by Friday 5 May 2017.

Welcome to our new Industry Engagement Manager

We are pleased to welcome Lena Way as our new Industry Engagement Manager! Lena comes with a strong background in marketing and community engagement. Her previous positions include executive marketing roles at the Shrine of Remembrance, Freemasons Victoria, the City of Greater Dandenong, the National Trust and The Lost Dogs’ Home.

Lena has also started her own charitable organisation which provides opportunities for people volunteering in developing countries and raises funds for projects such as orphanages and schools.

Lena holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing and is looking forward to applying her knowledge to the 100 Ways in 100 Days campaign, the Structured Workplace Learning program, and creating more ways for Central Ranges LLEN to help young people transition from school to employment. Lena lives on a farm in the Macedon Ranges with her husband and two young children.

2017 Building Youth Employment Partnership

An exciting new partnership was recently launched in Seymour!
Led by the Broadspectrum organisation (formerly known as Transfield Services) an agreement was signed with GOTAFE, Seymour College, St Mary’s College Seymour, the Seymour Flexible Learning Centre and the CRLLEN.
These groups, working in collaboration and with the full support and commitment of Broadspectrum, will aim to build opportunities and pathways that will enhance education and employment for young people in the Seymour/Puckapunyal region.
The CRLLEN is proud to be be a part of this innovative partnership and looks forward to sharing successful outcomes of this initiative.

Position Vacant – Industry Engagement Manager – Apply Now!

The Central Ranges LLEN is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated Industry Engagement Manager. The successful applicant will lead the ‘100 Ways in 100 Days’ campaigns, develop and maintain direct engagement and relationship building with local industries and businesses and engage employers to secure ongoing involvement in the Structured Workplace Learning program and other LLEN activities such as Mentoring, Careers Expos and ‘Try a Trade’ days.

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

An attractive remuneration package includes superannuation, a fully maintained vehicle, iPhone 7 and a Macbook laptop. The 12 month appointment is offered as either full or part time, subject to negotiation.

Only applications responding succinctly to the selection criteria will be considered.

For all details, please go to:—wallan

Further enquiries can be directed to the CEO, Trent McCarthy, via email [email protected] or mobile 0414 885 380

Applications close: Monday 23rd January, 2017 at 5pm.

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: