VicLLENs are a community organisation that aims to empower young people that are disengaged from schools, employment or the region they live in. We do this through connecting them with educational programs or industry-specific training.
Partnering with local services is key to how LLENs operate. VicLLENs aim to serve our communities by working with local services which improve the regions’ economy and autonomy. Find a LLEN near you.
The Victorian Context
Young people are growing up in a world of rapidly changing work. Ensuring they are prepared for change is a challenge our schools and communities must meet for Victoria’s future. Our prosperity depends on our young people being ready for the new higher skilled economy.
Victoria has 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) that build partnerships in local areas to help young people:
- stay at, and achieve in, school
- understand the opportunities and pathways available, and
- transition to employment or further education.
LLENs bring schools, industry and the community together to address:
- the absence of careers support in schools
- the absence of accurate labour market information in communities
- the difficulty young people face gaining work experience, and
- the devaluing of vocational education pathways, that will be important in the future.
The situation for young Victorians is concerning:
- one in five young Victorians (20 per cent) leaves school before completing Year 12 or equivalent
- leaving school early is an increasing disadvantage, with every extra year of school past Year 10 adding an extra 10 per cent to a young person’s lifetime earnings
- there is mismatch between career aspirations, projected
- labour demand, and the jobs young people eventually get
- the majority of the jobs growth since the 1990s, particularly
- for young people, has been in temporary, part-time or self-employed roles
- youth unemployment for 15 to 24 year-olds is more than double the adult rate at 14.0 per cent in Victoria.
There is a risk that many young people will miss this crucial period for developing the base experience needed for a successful career.