Department program

Local Learning and Employment Network

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.

Membership benefits

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

Melbourne City

Capital City LLEN

North Eastern Victoria Region

Gateway LLEN
Manningham City
Monash City
Whitehorse City​

Goulburn Murray LLEN
Greater Shepparton City
Moira Shire

Inner Northern LLEN
​Darebin City
Moreland City
Yarra City     

​Benalla Rural City
Mansfield Shire
Wangaratta Rural City

North East LLEN
​Alpine Shire
Indigo Shire
Towong Shire
Wodonga City

Outer Eastern LLEN
Maroondah City
Knox City
Yarra Ranges Shire​

North Western Victoria Region

Banyule Nillumbik LLEN
Banyule City
Nillumbik Shire

Brimbank Melton LLEN
​Brimbank City
Melton City

Campaspe Cohuna LLEN
​Campaspe Shire
Gannawarra Shire (part)

Central Ranges LLEN
Macedon Ranges Shire
Mitchell Shire
Murrindindi Shire

Goldfields LLEN
Greater Bendigo City
Central Goldfields Shire
Mount Alexander Shire​

Hume Whittlesea LLEN
​Hume City
Whittlesea City

Murray Malley LEN​

​Swan Hill Rural City
Ganawarra Shire
Buloke City (Sea Lake only)

North Central LLEN
​Buloke Shire
Loddon Shire
Northern Grampians Shire
(northern half)

Northern Mallee LLEN
​Mildura Rural City
Swan Hill Rural City
(Robinvale area)

South Eastern Victoria Region

Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN
Baw Baw Shire
Latrobe City

Frankston Mornington Peninsula LLEN
​Frankston City
Mornington Peninsula Shire

Gippsland East LLEN
East Gippsland Shire
Wellington Shire

Inner Eastern LLEN
Boroondara City
Stonnington City
Port Phillip City

South East LLEN
​Casey City
Cardinia Shire
Greater Dandenong City

South Gippsland Bass Coast LLEN
​Bass Coast Shire
South Gippsland Shire

​South Western Victoria Region

Bayside Glen Eira Kingston (BGK) LLEN
​Bayside City
Glen Eira City
Kingston 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
​Glenelg Shire
Southern Grampians

Highlands LLEN
​Ballarat City
Hepburn Shire
Moorabool Shire
Pyrenees Shire
Golden Plains Shire

Maribyrnong & Moonee Valley LLEN
​Moonee Valley City
Maribyrnong City

South West LLEN
​Corangamite Shire
Colac-Otway Shire
Moyne Shire
Warrnambool City

Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN
​Hindmarsh Shire
Horsham Shire
West Wimmera Shire
Yarriambiack Shire

Wyn Bay LLEN
Hobsons Bay City
Wyndham City​