Contracts & Strategic Goals
The State Labor government has agreed to fund the LLEN Network for a 4 year period (2016-2019). This was the result of a very successful lobbying campaign by the Network and Stakeholders prior to the last State election. The 4 year funding guarantee will provide certainty and ensure more effective long term planning and partnership development.
Recent funding history:
2010 - 2013 - LLENs were federally funded under the School/Community Partnership Brokers Program.
2014 - a one year extension, co-funded by Federal and State governments.
2015 - a one year contract with a promise of a further 4 years, State funded.
2016 - 2019
Over the course of the years, there have been many and varied contract deliverables and outcomes for young people.
Structured Workplace Learning Contract (SWL)
The current 2015 Workplace Learning Coordinator Program Contract has not been renewed for 2016. On the 19 October 2015, Minister Merlino announced a Reformed Structured Workplace Learning Contract for 2016 which will be delivered by the Statewide LLEN Network. This announcement was in response to recommendations from the Department of Education & Training (DE&T) initiated review of "School-Industry Engagement". The Nous Group review undertaken in 2014/2015 involved extensive consultation with key stakeholders. It evaluated the provision of SWL in Victoria and reviewed best practice models of school-industry engagement. The review found that the existing approach faces challenges of scale, inefficiency, fragmentation, duplication and inconsistency. Nous recommended that:
- third party coordination of school-industry engagement at the local level is critical for effective SWL
- a central on-line portal to be developed to support local coordinators to provide diverse SWL offerings, making it easier for teachers, schools, businesses and students to access SWL opportunities
It has been decided by allocation of the contract (2016) that LLENs can play a critical role, i.e.
- LLENs are ideally positioned to facilitate the reformed service model
- LLENs strong community-based governance will support strengthened connections between schools and industry
- LLENs have extensive knowledge and experience in driving improvement in youth engagement, transition, attainment and employment at the local level
- LLENs established network provides the opportunity to offer students placements in industry areas not available locally
The SWL Contract has been extended for 2019. This contract has been new territory for Future Connect and required the appointment of staff with relevant skills, local knowledge and networks.