The Wyndham and Hobsons Bay Local Learning and Employment Network (WynBay LLEN) is an independent incorporated association of members who are stakeholders interested and involved in the education, training and employment advancement of young people in Wyndham and Hobsons Bay. WynBay was established in 2001.
The WynBay LLEN is part of a network of 31 LLENs across Victoria funded by the Victorian Government to support their objective that 94 per cent of all young people will achieve Year 12 or its equivalent by 2015. Established in 2001, the pivotal role of the WynBay LLEN has been to act as a regional strategic and facilitation body, bringing together local government regions to collaboratively contribute to improving the education, training and employment outcomes for local young people.
As of January 2010, the WynBay LLEN is contracted to deliver the ‘School Business Community Partnership Brokers Program’ for the period 2010 – 2013.
School Business Community Partnership Brokers (Partnership Brokers)
As part of its commitment to the National Partnership for Youth Attainment and Transitions the Commonwealth announced funding for the establishment of a national network of School Business Community Partnership Brokers (Partnership Brokers) to build partnerships that support improved education and transition outcomes for all young people.
The Partnership Broker program objective is to facilitate stakeholder engagement, build community capacity and infrastructure and drive the government’s education reform and social inclusion agendas. This will be achieved through a national network of Partnership Broker organisations that broker partnerships between education providers, business and industry, parents and families and community groups to foster a strategic, whole-of-community approach that supports young people’s learning and development.
In Victoria, the Commonwealth recognised that the existing Local Learning and Employment Network program broadly reflects many of the key objectives of the SBCPB program. For example primary functions of a LLEN include:
- evidence-based local planning to address gaps in the area of youth transitions;
- effective engagement of, and communication with appropriate stakeholders from education, training, employment, business and industry sectors of the community; and
- partnership facilitation and brokerage to develop and promote services that address gaps.
On the basis of the similarities between the two programs and in keeping with the principles outlined in the COAG agreed National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions the Commonwealth and the Victoria Governments (through DEEWR and DEECD) agreed that the Partnership Brokers program in Victoria will be delivered along existing LLEN boundaries, through an enhanced LLEN in order to deliver the additional requirements of the Partnership Brokers program.