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In August we were priviledged to host a meeting of the Victorian LLEN Network here in Echuca. Twenty-five LLENs met in Kickham's Mill Restaurant at Bendigo TAFE's Echuca Campus. A full agenda included presentations from YACVic, the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepeneurship, the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.

Each LLEN shared information on their current projects and working groups tackled solutions to common issues.The Network meetings are a great way to share ideas and help each other. 

Together we celebrated achieving 125% of Key Performance Indicator 1 in our Structured Workplace Learning contract. KPI1 requires us to advertise at least 6,000 Structured Workplace Learning opportunities on the web Portal during the year. We have already exceeded that target and are well on the way to achieving KPI2, which is to have at least 4,600 of those opportunities used. Across the state local businesses are assisting young people to gain valuable experience by working with the LLENs to list their workplacement opportunities on the portal.

August 2018

Bed Time Stories for Book Week

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Our colleagues at Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN worked with the presenters at ACE Radio to create a series of short videos to celebrate Book Week.

Each night, during Book Week, LLENs shared the Bed Time stories on social media.

The videos are great to watch with children and you can pick up some useful tips on reading to children.

You can watch all of the stories at https://www.youtube.com/user/WSMLLEN

Thanks to WSMLLEN and Ace Radio for sharing the videos with LLENs across Victoria.

August 2018

Inquiry into Career Advice Activities

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The Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee of the Parliament of Victoria conducted an inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian schools, and handed down its report in late August 2018. CCLLEN made a submission to the Inquiry and representatives from the Victorian LLEN Network were called as witnesses to make a presentation and answer questions.

In the Chair's foreward Nazih Elasmar MLC notes that "Common themes emerged in the evidence; students want tailored guidance earlier and more often, and school career practitioners want more time and resources to provide this guidance."

The report makes 46 recommendations, which Mr Elasmar says "aim to elevate the profile of school career development, give career practitioners adequate time and resources to do their job, and improve students’ access to career development services and opportunities."

We are pleased to see that many of CCLLEN's activities match the recommendations, particularly for career development workshops and activities, presentations, immersion days and support to careers practitioners in schools. We welcome other recommendations in the report for more funding and time allocations for career advice activities in schools.

We look forward to the government's response to the report in coming months and we value the work that has gone into this comprehensive and insightful report.

The report can be downloaded from the Committee's website here.

August 2018

31 LLENs Strong

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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.

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