About Us

Victorian Local Learning and Employment Networks (VicLLENs) is the collaboration and collective voice of Victoria’s 31 LLENs, covering every corner of the state. Each LLEN is an incorporated association governed by a volunteer board. LLENs are committed to working with their local communities and across Victoria to improve the education, training and employment outcomes of all young people. We are proud to work with the Department of Education and Training to build sustainable partnerships between schools, industries and communities across Victoria.

Our Vision

Our vision is that every young Victorian is supported to complete their secondary education with the confidence, knowledge, skills and connections required to successfully transition to further education, training or employment.

Our Story

In 2000, the Minister for Post Compulsory Education and Training, the Hon. Lynne Kosky, expressed concern about the number of young people “falling through the cracks”, disengaging from school, not continuing with further education and training, and not gaining sufficient skills to meet the needs of employers. This led to a Ministerial Review of Post-Compulsory Education and Training Pathways, chaired by Peter Kirby.
The review heard submissions from all over the state, with many supporting the idea of local actions for local needs, linking agencies and cutting bureaucratic red tape to work for young people. The ‘Kirby Report’ recommended the formation of Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs). Each LLEN was formed in 2001-2002 with funding from the Victorian Government. LLENs quickly developed a focus on applied learning and expertise in creating place-based partnerships to improve outcomes for all young people.

Our Track Record

Our Approach

We believe it takes a whole-of-community approach to ensure all young people successfully transition to the world of work. To do this, LLENs often work in the ‘spaces-in-between’, creating new links between young people, schools, employers, families, government and the broader community. We asked LLEN leaders and partners to describe what we do. Here’s what we heard:

Are you ready to make a difference?

If you’d like to engage with local students and schools, please contact your LLEN. If you’d like to engage with students and schools across the state, please contact communications@vicllens.org.au