MMVLLEN Newsletter November 2016
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November 2016


With the Festive Season just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s flown by, and to celebrate how much we’ve achieved. 

It’s been a busy year for us at the MMVLLEN: 

We’ve grown, with our new staff bringing their skills, knowledge and personality to strengthen the team. 

We’ve worked hard on getting clear about our mission and identity as a LLEN, to ensure that we are responsive to our ‘place’ and deliver best value to the young people of Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley. 

Both of these things have led to consolidation and growth of our work at two levels – 

(i) collaborating with partners to create greater options and opportunity for young people, and (ii) directly supporting young people to enter and successfully manage their pathway to work. 

We could not have achieved what we did without the many partners, colleagues, young people and volunteers who have worked with us. Our End of Year Celebration on 30 November 2016 is to recognise and thank those who have supported us over the year. 

Wishing you all a safe and happy Festive Season and may many of your New Year’s resolutions bear fruit, during 2017!

Veronica Snook

And keep an eye out for our new 'look' representing our role in creating linkages that benefit young people...



23 November 2016
VET Coordinators Meeting
(Kensington Town Hall 9.00 - 10.00 am)
Contact Mike Kerin

30 November 2016
MMVLLEN End of Year Celebration
(Kensington Town Hall 4.00 - 6.00 pm)
Contact Ruth Mathew
1 December 2016
Nominations close for the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Award 
Nominations for the award are now open. The winners will be announced in May 2017. 

25 May 2017
Try a Trade 2017
(Registrations for schools now open - click here)



Featuring in this issue: the latest news, new knowledge and project updates. Please scroll down to find out more: 

1. Latest from the LLEN
2. New knowledge to share
3. Project updates
  • Job craft and the World of Work
  • Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)
  • Youth Internships
  • Questions of Engagement
  • Try a Trade 2017
  • On Track

The latest from the LLEN
There are many MMVLLEN highlights from the last quarter year - Inspiring internships with Victoria Police, the lively launch of our Questions of Engagement report, Jobcraft World of Work sessions wowing students, and an awesome workshop on school based apprenticeships - just to name a few! Find out more as we report on the progress made with our projects (below).

And there's still more to come in 2016. Before the end of the year the reports on a review of the Maribyrnong Jobs and Transition to Independence Programs will be finalised. They reflect important lessons learned that will be shared with key stakeholders and used to inform and improve the way we work next year. The release of the summary reports will be posted on FaceBook and downloads made available on the MMVLLEN website.

Our achievements are the result of the collaborative efforts of our many stakeholders. They give cause for recognition, celebration and our thanks, as we draw this busy and productive year to a close.

Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley LLEN

New knowledge to share

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) is a national organisation that, like the MMVLLEN, works in partnership with industry, government, education and community sectors. The FYA is dedicated to building the skills of young people for the future. They see young people as our single most valuable resource - one that we continue to fail to take full advantage of.
Young people are not a problem to be solved. They are ambitious, creative and capable of rethinking the world and solving tomorrow's problems today. (FYA, 2016)
Each year, for the last three years, the FYA has published an annual Australian 'Report Card' relating to the welfare of young people in Australian society. The Report Card highlights the 'challenges faced by young Australians and the economic cost of leaving them behind'. Here are a few of the report's key findings:
The report is important reading. It informs and influences the work many of us do.
To access the full report and find out more about the FYA go to:

Project updates

JobCraft and the World of Work

The JobCraft team has been beavering away in the background for the last couple of months! We are in the process of improving the JobCraft website and Facebook page. This will make it easier for local young people to gain access to part-time jobs, quality alternative learning pathways and support. Go to to find out more, or visit the Jobcraft FaceBook page.

The team has also been out and about in our local schools facilitating JobCraft’s ‘World of Work’ sessions. We’ve explored a range of career related topics with students as they approach the end of their school year, and for some, the end of school. 

We found time to visit the 'World Skills Australia National Championship 2016' which took place on our doorstep at the Royal Showgrounds this year. This fabulous initiative promotes the showcasing of youth 'trade and skill talent' through competitions held at regional, national and international levels. It was great to see so many young people celebrating and being recognised for their achievements in vocational education and training. To find out more go to:

In the coming months, the team will be visiting local community centres and organisations, to support young people with resume writing, job applications, and career pathway planning. 

If you would like to know more about JobCraft and the ‘World of Work 2016’ please contact us! Or visit the job craft website: 

Ross O'Rourke
Jobcraft Project Coordinator

Yuta Monden
Jobcraft Project Officer
JobCraft on Facebook
JobCraft Talent Community

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

It has been a busy time for the SWL program! Thanks to everyone who attended our SBAT (school based apprenticeship and traineeships) information session in October. A highlight of the breakfast meeting was an informative presentation by guest speaker Daryl Sutton from the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA). This was followed by one-one-one time with local SBAT providers. The discussion was lively and engaging! The consensus was it was a big success, providing participants with a wealth of relevant and useful information. 

We are happy to announce that we have once again been awarded the Victorian Department of Education and Training contract to coordinate the SWL program in 2017. We look forward to continuing to improve our connections with our schools and the support we provide to them. Please let us know how we can assist. 

We are offering school-based sessions for secondary students to assist with locating placements. Bookings are available for the remainder of this year and early 2017

If your school would like our support, or if you have any questions about the SWL program, please contact Lisa or Ross on phone 9376 7251.

Lisa Price
SWL Project Coordinator

Ross O'Rourke
SWL Project Coordinator

Youth internships

2016 has provided much for the Youth Internships Initiative (YII) to celebrate! 12 interns were recruited and placed this year with external host employers and the MMVLLEN. External placements were hosted by Essendon Nissan Dealership, Victoria Police Footscray, Bunnings West Footscray, Maribyrnong City Council's Parks and Open Spaces and Footscray Library.

We have also recruited, trained and matched 14 mentors with young people to provide support during and post internship. As the year draws to an end;

We wish to thank all of our partners and volunteers
who helped to make the YII such a success this year.
We look forward to continuing and growing our partnerships in 2017

The November Mentor Debrief took place over supper at the Kensington Hall on 9th November. Mentors find these sessions really helpful, as they learn from one another by sharing their experiences and approaches to supporting their young mentees, and discussing ways to overcome any challenges. The session also provides opportunity to develop new skills. This time, our guest speaker from the Centre for Multicultural Youth: Sherry-Rose Bih Watts shared very useful information on cross cultural communication.

If you are a professional and want to offer your support to a young person as they navigate their education and employment pathway, the MMVLLEN mentoring program may be for you!

MMVLLEN volunteer mentor positions are opening soon! 
Recruitment will begin in mid December 2016 through


The Mentor program runs over nine months and provides a young person (16-24 years) with one-on-one support to overcome the challenges and barriers to employment. For more information stay tuned to our Facebook page or email Ruth.

Ruth Mathew
MVI Project Coordinator

Questions of Engagement

The Questions of Engagement (QoE) project report was officially launched by Associate Professor Kim Keamy of Victoria University at Ascot Vale Primary School on 20 October. The launch was well attended, providing an opportunity to publicly recognise and thank all of the people directly involved in the project - Dr Peter Burridge and the team from Victoria University (VU), Sue Fowler and Wendy Pitt of the MMVLLEN, as well as the five local schools.

Associate Professor Kearney highlighted the importance of the inter-professional collaborative partnership that allowed for focus on a real issue, and the delivery of rich, direct from students to schools and classroom teachers. Sarah Bergin, a teacher, and Joanne Nassar, a pre-service teacher from VU spoke about how their involvement in the project has helped them to set curriculum, plan programs and most importantly - improve student learning. 

QoE has now been established as an ongoing process. Work is underway to include specific curriculum development and to make the program available to more schools across the MMVLLEN. 

The report is available to download at

Further information on QoE can be obtained by contacting Mike. 

Mike Kerin
Student Engagement
Try a Trade
The date for our 8th annual Try A Trade event has been set:

Try A Trade 2017
Thursday 25th May
Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray 

Once again the MMVLLEN will be joining forces with Maribyrnong City Council’s Youth Services to host this free, fun and informative way for secondary school students to explore the exciting world of trades. The event is informed by current skill shortages and provides access to numerous local TAFE and other training providers. Each exhibitor engages students with hand-on activities, allowing young people to directly experience workplace skills. 
Over 300 students attended in 2016 and provided hugely positive feedback on the many benefits of this unique way to gain otherwise unavailable insights into different trades.You can check out a video of last year’s event here: 


SCHOOLS: Register your students for the event here:

EXHIBITORS: If you are interested in showcasing a trade please contact Khaled at Maribyrnong Council Health Services on

We look forward to seeing you there!

Anna Lemcke
On Track

On Track is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) funded initiative that surveys school leavers to determine their pathways to further education, training or employment. School leavers are contacted within six months of leaving school and helped to obtain the necessary support and assistance to reach their education and/or employment goals. 

The survey data provides a comprehensive picture of the pathways young people take upon leaving school. Since the first large-scale survey in 2003, over 450,000 school leavers have participated. 

In 2016 MMVLLEN contacted 80% of local school leavers
to offer education and/or employment support via On Track

With our thanks and best wishes for the festive season and the New Year
For enquiries contact the MMVLLEN office on
(03) 9376 7251 or
Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley LLEN
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