There are 31 organisations comprising the Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) in Victoria. The goal of each LLEN is to support all secondary school students within its geographical boundaries, by developing partnerships which result in an increase in the number and range of school-employer engagement activities in local government areas.
The LLEN creates strategic, sustainable partnerships that improve education and transition outcomes for young people, including increasing Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates.
Each LLEN is an incorporated association run by an elected Board or Committee of Management, which includes groups and organisations such as education and training providers, business and industry, and community agencies.
Benefits to the community
The core role of the LLEN is the creation and development of sustainable relationships, partnerships and brokerage of initiatives with and across local schools, education providers, industry and community.
The LLEN also:
- aims to improve the education, training and employment outcomes of young people
- adds value to the public and private investment in education
- facilitates and supports a range of initiatives, and develops partnerships and collaborates with and across stakeholders to provide better pathways and support for young people
- undertakes local strategic planning
- provides local advice on statewide policy and program issues
- serves as an active platform for joining government initiatives with local education and training systems.
Join a Local Learning and Employment Network
By joining a LLEN you can make a difference to individuals and your broader community by contributing to strategies that improve education and training outcomes for young people. Any organisation or individual with an interest in education, training and employment outcomes for young people can be involved in the LLEN in their area.
For employers, joining a LLEN can help you to:
- address skill shortages in your area
- identify short and long term employment and training opportunities for young people that also fit your business needs, and
- feed information back to education providers about skills you need in the future.
For education and training providers, joining a LLEN can help you better target education and training programs to meet community needs including skill shortages.
For agencies, joining a LLEN can help you to more effectively deliver your programs by working with employers and industry, and education and training providers, on program delivery and policy development.
For individuals, joining a LLEN can allow you to contribute to local education and training pathway and participation arrangements for young people.
Contact your local LLEN to find out how you can join.
School-employer engagement support
From 2020, the Department is funding the Local Learning and Employer Network (LLEN) to source additional school-employer engagement activities for school students.
These activities include:
- placement opportunities including work experience, structured workplace learning and school community work
- school-based apprenticeships and traineeships
- guest speakers and presenters from industry
- workplace visits and industry tours
- mock interviews and work-readiness preparation.
This initiative builds on the LLEN relationships with local communities and employers, and supports schools to make quality connections for their students to the world of work.
Some of these activities will link to vocational education and training (VET) programs being undertaken by school students as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Accessing support with the Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) statewide portal
School-employer engagement is available free of charge to all Victorian secondary schools. Schools will be able to access LLEN sourced opportunities through an expanded SWL statewide portal from January 2020.
The SWL statewide portal provides schools that work with the LLEN with a single, easy to navigate, information and referral point for a diverse range of activities uploaded by the LLEN and employers.
Locate your local network
Capital City LLEN
North Eastern Victoria Region
Goulburn Murray LLEN
Greater Shepparton City
Inner Northern LLEN
NE TRACKS LLEN
Benalla Rural City
Wangaratta Rural City
North East LLEN
Outer Eastern LLEN
Yarra Ranges Shire
North Western Victoria Region
Banyule Nillumbik LLEN
Brimbank Melton LLEN
Campaspe Cohuna LLEN
Gannawarra Shire (part)
Central Ranges LLEN
Macedon Ranges Shire
Greater Bendigo City
Central Goldfields Shire
Mount Alexander Shire
Hume Whittlesea LLEN
Murray Malley LEN
Swan Hill Rural City
Buloke City (Sea Lake only)
North Central LLEN
Northern Grampians Shire
Northern Mallee LLEN
Mildura Rural City
Swan Hill Rural City
South Eastern Victoria Region
Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN
Baw Baw Shire
Frankston Mornington Peninsula LLEN
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Gippsland East LLEN
East Gippsland Shire
Inner Eastern LLEN
Port Phillip City
South East LLEN
Greater Dandenong City
South Gippsland Bass Coast LLEN
Bass Coast Shire
South Gippsland Shire
South Western Victoria Region
Bayside Glen Eira Kingston (BGK) LLEN
Glen Eira City
Central Grampians LLEN
Ararat Rural City
Northern Grampians Shire
Geelong Region LLEN
Greater Geelong City
Surf Coast Shire
Golden Plains Shire (part)
Glenelg and Southern Grampians LLEN
Golden Plains Shire
Maribyrnong & Moonee Valley LLEN
Moonee Valley City
South West LLEN
Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN
West Wimmera Shire
Wyn Bay LLEN
Hobsons Bay City