Department program

Local Learning and Employment Networks

There are 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks or LLENs in Victoria. The goal of each LLEN is to support young people, 10 – 19 years old, within its geographical boundaries by improving their participation, engagement, attainment and transition outcomes.


LLENs are made up a range of groups and organisations including education and training providers, business and industry, community agencies, and parent and family organisations.

LLENs have a particular focus on young people at risk of disengaging, or who have already disengaged, from education and training and are not in meaningful employment.

Each LLEN creates strategic, sustainable partnerships that improve education and transition outcomes for young people, including increasing Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates. 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.

LLENs are incorporated associations run by Boards or Committee of Managements, which each LLEN elects.

Benefits to the community

The core role of LLENs is the creation and development of sustainable relationships, partnerships and brokerage of initiatives with and across local education providers, industry and community.

LLENS also:

  • aim to improve the education, training and employment outcomes of young people
  • focus on adding value to the public and private investment in education.

Current LLEN activities centre on:

  • facilitating and supporting a range of initiatives, and developing partnerships and collaboration with and across stakeholders to provide better pathways and support for young people
  • undertaking local strategic planning
  • providing local advice on statewide policy and program issues
  • serving 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 your community and individuals 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
  • 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.

Reformed structured workplace learning

Following the Department's 2015 commissioned review of school-industry engagement and best practice models, a reformed service for Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) was introduced in 2016.

The reformed service includes:

  • additional funding to the 31 LLENs to facilitate access to SWL placements for school students that are tailored to local priorities and employment opportunities. The SWL placements link to the 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).

  • the SWL statewide portal which provides schools that work with the LLEN with a single, easy to navigate, information and referral point for a diverse range of SWL opportunities uploaded by the LLENs and employers.

The reformed service that combines a statewide portal and local co-ordination by the LLENs is expected to increase the scale, appropriateness and consistency of SWL placements across Victoria, and better prepare school students for post-school transitions to further education, training and work.

Search the portal for SWL opportunities by location, industry or course.

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​