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About the South East LLEN

The South East Local Learning and Employment Network (South East LLEN) is a community managed regional network made up of local organisations in Melbourne’s South East, interested in working to give 10 to 19 year olds a better go at successfully moving through the education system to employment.

Our network membership includes approximately 250 members, including organisations such as schools, TAFE’s, local businesses and youth welfare agencies, as well as individuals.

We DO NOT charge young people or our members any fees or try to sell them anything.

We DO work with our network members to develop sustainable partnerships between education providers, business and industry, community groups and parents and families that will benefit student participation, retention, attainment and transition.

We do that by:

  • Researching within the local region (City of Casey, Cardinia Shire and the City of Greater Dandenong) to identify systemic gaps in education and services to young people
  • Developing sustainable partnerships between our members to address participation, attainment, retention and transition issues

The South East LLEN is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership of the network. The Board of Directors is made up of one representative from each of the membership categories plus 5 co-opted positions.  Half of the 10 elected Board positions are renewed at the Annual General Meeting of the Association (usually held in May each year) and the co-opted positions are reviewed annually by the Board and renewed at the discretion of the Board.  The current Chairperson of the South East Local Learning and Employment Network is Mrs Sara Edwards.

What is the LLEN?

Established in 2001 as a result of a recommendation form the Kirby Report, the South East Local Learning and Employment Network (South East LLEN) was developed to bring together educators, employers, industry, welfare agencies, local government and non-government organisations.

The core objective of a LLEN is to improve participation, engagement, attainment and transition outcomes for young people 10 to 19 years old within its geographic boundaries.

A LLEN also has a particular focus on those young people who are at risk of disengaging or who have already disengage from education and training and are not in meaningful employment.

The primary functions of a LLEN are:

To broker sustainable partnerships that:

Support schools to:

  • identify young people that are at risk of disengaging from education prior to completing Year 12 or a vocational equivalent
  • identify and provide the support, education options and pathways to enable those young people to remain in education.

Support the broader community to:

  • identify young people who have disengaged from education prior to achieving Year 12 or a vocational equivalent
  • provide support, educational options and pathways to enable those young people to re-engage and remain in education

South East LLEN Strategic Goals

  • To broker sustainable partnerships that support schools to identify young people that are at risk of disengaging from education prior to completing Year 12 or a vocational equivalent.
  • To broker sustainable partnerships that support schools to identify and provide the support, education options and pathways to enable those young people to remain in education.
  • To broker sustainable partnerships that support the broader community to identify young people who have disengaged from education prior to achieving Year 12 or a vocational equivalent.
  • To broker sustainable partnerships that support the broader community to provide support, educational options and pathways to enable those young people to re-engage and remain in education.

*Endorsed by the South East LLEN Board of Directors and the Department of Education and Training (DET).