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Background

Established in 2001, WynBay LLEN (Wyndham and Hobsons Bay Local Learning and Employment Network) is an independent and incorporated entity. The LLEN was established in response to the recommendation of the hallmark Kirby Report into post compulsory training and education outcomes in Victoria. There are 31 independent LLENs across Victoria funded by the Victorian Government.

The LLENs in the early years was contracted by the then Victorian Learning Skills Commission. Since its abolition, the LLENs have been contracted directly by the Department of Education and Training.

In 2010 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.

In Victoria, the Commonwealth recognised that the existing Local Learning and Employment Network program broadly reflected many of the key objectives of the SBCPB program.

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) jointly funded the Partnership Brokers program in Victoria, through an enhanced LLEN. Funding for School Business Community Partnership Brokers ended in December 2015.

Following the Department's 2015 commissioned review of school-industry engagement and best practice models, a reformed service for Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) was introduced in 2016.

The reformed service includes:

  • additional funding to the 31 LLENs to facilitate access to SWL placements for school students that are tailored to local priorities and employment opportunities. The SWL placements link to the vocational education and training (VET) programs being undertaken by school students as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

  • the SWL statewide portal which provides schools that work with the LLEN with a single, easy to navigate, information and referral point for a diverse range of SWL opportunities uploaded by the LLENs and employers.

The reformed service that combines a statewide portal and local co-ordination by the LLENs is expected to increase the scale, appropriateness and consistency of SWL placements across Victoria, and better prepare school students for post-school transitions to further education, training and work.

Search the portal for SWL opportunities by location, industry or course. 

LLEN Common Funding Agreement 2017-2019 & Structured Workplace Learning Program

WynBay LLEN is currently contracted by the Victorian Government - Department of Education and Training.