WHAT WE STAND FOR
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.
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 FUNCTION
OF A LLEN
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)
Lesley joined the SELLEN team mid 2016 to help establish the SWL portal, connecting young people with work placement opportunities, not just locally but Statewide. With a diverse background in the not-for-profit and local government sector, Lesley brings a range of skills in community development, connecting young people to the supports they need to engage and succeed in achieving their full potential. From out of home services, early intervention, disability services, volunteer management, project management and implementing a range of innovative supports to primary and secondary students, Lesley brings a range of skills and experience, successfully engaging young people in education and pathway opportunities. With a range of qualifications and training in Human Services, Welfare Studies, Project Management and leadership, Lesley has gained significant skills in understanding the needs of young people and the importance of establishing connections between young people and their community.
SWL Project Officer
Brikenda started her professional career as a teacher, then transitioning in 2000 to work with International Organisations, on a range of community development programs. In these programs, she worked on building young people’s capacity to develop their own pathways, fundraising for children, project development and implementation, networking with different stakeholders.
Brikenda’s background includes extensive work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, targeting the most vulnerable members of the community and trying to improve their life trajectory. She is an enthusiastic advocate for children and young people and has represented the community on commissions regarding grant allocation and distribution.
Vicki has a teaching background and for many years taught senior English, Literature and Drama in Victorian Government schools. At the same time, she also held coordination roles within the Pathways area in Careers, Work Experience, Structured Workplace Learning, VCAL and VET. When VET courses of study were first introduced into Victoria as study options for secondary students, Vicki was closely involved in the process whereby schools worked together in groups or Clusters, to share the VET subjects they could offer, to students from their group of schools. Vicki now works as the VET Cluster Coordinator for two metropolitan VET Clusters, including the S.E. VET Cluster. This role requires Vicki to be the administrator of the on-line portal which manages all of the enrolments and attendance of VET students within the schools in each Cluster. Vicki chairs the meetings of VET Coordinators which are important opportunities to discuss VET related issues and to refine the Cluster’s processes and protocols. She is also available by phone and email to provide support for VET Coordinators.