31 LLENs Strong


Each LLEN is strong in our local knowledge, understanding of our communities and connections to our stakeholders.

This means that each LLEN is different, as we each listen and respond and work with our communities according to the needs, resources and opportunities in each place.

We are also the same in sharing core values about what is best for young people. And we are all very passionate about supporting young people.

Another thing we have in common is being independent honest brokers, with no vested interest other than the wellbeing and success of young people.

Together we are strong as a source of information and as advocates for young people. We share and collaborate and learn from each other.

Combining our local knowledge and our state wide network, we can advise on the place based impacts of policies and programs, and support the roll out of initiatives.

There are 31 LLENs, covering the entire state, each working with and listening to our communities.

Wurreker Awards

The Wurreker Strategy for Koorie people in Vocational Education and Training supports students, the development of pathways and drives change to ensure VET training reflects Koorie community needs and aspirations. Wurreker is a key enabler for implementation of The Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026.  The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI), works as the principal partner with the Department of Education and Training, to achieve successful outcomes for Koorie learners under Marrung.

The annual Wurreker Awards celebrate how high quality training can open up new training and employment directions for Koorie people.  Through the Awards VAEAI recognises students, trainers, training providers and employers who have made an outstanding contribution to the continued success of Koorie people in their studies and careers. These individual and collective efforts provide an inspiring example of what can be achieved in our communities through innovation, collaboration and partnerships in post-compulsory education and training.

The 2018 annual Wurreker awards night will be held at the Aborigines Advancement League, with over 200 invited guests attending, including the Minster for Higher Education and Skills the Hon. Gayle Tierney MP. The achievements of Koorie individuals and organisations working in the VET sector will be recognised, with winners across 10 award categories celebrated. The night will feature inspiring Aboriginal entertainment, and food catered by social enterprise Charcoal Lane restaurant.

The I CAN Network


I CAN Network has come to Echuca.  In May, Chris Varney, CEO I CAN Network and Kate Andrews, I CAN Murray Goulburn Manager, presented the I CAN talk to all secondary students at St Joseph’s College, Echuca College and Echuca Specialist School on the one day and also ran a combined staff Professional Development session after school and a Parent Information Night in the evening.

The I CAN message has certainly got out there with 16 secondary students from the three schools participating in the Secondary Mentoring program which commenced in July. Already, after three sessions, the group has settled into the program, are mixing well and getting involved in the group activities.  The program is held at Bendigo TAFE Echuca Campus and facilitated by Network Leader Sally Smith and Mentor Bec Cheep on a Thursday.  


Kyabram is in their second year of I CAN with the secondary mentoring program half way through their 15 week program facilitated by Kate Andrews and Will Baum at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre. This group includes some mentees from last year’s program who are completing Stage 2 of the structured program and are training to be become future mentors.

‘The Imagination Club’ for Grade 3-6 students, run by Kate Andrews and Sally Smith at Kyabram, is proving popular with the 16 students with a ‘big imagination’.

All the mentoring programs follow a series of modules over 15 sessions to develop strong leadership and communication skills, teamwork, personal motivation and strengths, saying I CAN, planning and organising. The outcomes for participants include an increase in self-esteem, social connection, optimism and self-confidence.

I CAN Network has just celebrated its Fifth Birthday. Check out the website - and facebook page ‘The I CAN Network’.

August 2018

Careers in ICT


Kyabram P-12 Year 9 students enjoyed a day learning about the variety of careers in Information Communication Technology, including locally based careers. Six very different workshops demonstrated a wide range of ways ICT is used, from robotics and engineering, game design, hardware, artistic creativity, drones and technology as learning tools.

All the workshops were very hands on and students enjoyed using the equipment as they learnt about the careers and pathways involved. Mark Schumann from Advance Computing provided the keynote presentation at the start of the day, showcasing the software solutions Advance has created for local businesses using Microsoft tools. Workshop presenters were GO TAFE, La Trobe University, Campaspe Library Services, Advance Computing, Splatoon Cartoons and Goulburn Murray Water.

Student feedback on the day was overwhelmingly positive, with a big shift in awareness of the career possibilities using ICT. Comments included –

  • That ICT covers a lot more then computer based stuff
  • There are heaps of levels and a big tree of opportunities in the ICT area
  • You need a licence to control a drone
  • That ICT is used in many different careers so you are not limited to one

July 2018

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