MMVLLEN Newsletter Issue 1 2017
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Issue 1 / 2017


Veronica Snook
It's already time for our first eNews of the year making me realise how well 2017 has started for us here at the MMVLLEN. All the hard work we did last year, putting in place the building blocks of a high-performing organisation, meant we could “just get on with it” when we opened our doors again on 3 January.

I’m looking forward to a year where we have stronger connections with others who share a common interest in creating greater opportunities for our young people to succeed in work and life, and particularly with young people themselves.

These are exciting times. While we can only guess at what the future will bring, we can get better at adapting and influencing change. 


please RSVP with provider directly

09 Feb 2017
VET Coordinators Meeting
(Kensington Town Hall 8.00 - 9.30 am)
Contact Mike Kerin

4 May 2017
Please contact us to RSVP

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


We have launched our new website!!! Our new website is our ‘basecamp’ for knowledge and innovation in the local education and employment sector with strong visuals and regularly refreshed content. The site also warehouses our project work, partnerships and campaigns. All MMVLLEN staff are introduced and have given a little background information on their very first jobs...
Check it out:


This partnership has taken an important next step in developing an Action Plan for the next two years. This partnership between 6 Local Governments. 3 LLENs, LeadWest and the Regional Development Authority aims to create greater opportunity for young people in the West to access employment through coordinated action across the West of Melbourne.

Three objectives for the Action Plan have been identified:
  1. The alignment and integrated delivery of policies and programs across Local Government which aim to enhance young people in the West's readiness for and successful engagement in employment
  2. Create a community and business environment where young people can succeed in learning and employment, based on increased awareness, shared responsibility and effective investment
  3. Enable the voice and lived experience of young people in the West to drive the design and delivery of training and employment services that meet their needs and aspirations.
Strategies and actions to achieve these objectives are being developed and projects already in development. Watch this space!
For more information, contact Veronica Snook at the MMVLLEN on 9376 7251

Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley LLEN



It is always hard to find time to reflect on a project once its completed – we are all so busy, it’s easier to dive straight into the next one! However, project review is always a valuable exercise, how else can we learn and continually improve the work we do? The completion of two of our longer running MMVLLEN projects Transition to Independece and Maribyrnong Jobs, recently provided opportunity to celebrate what had been achieved, and take action on important lessons learned...

The Transition to Independence (TTI) project (2012 to 2015) required agencies to work together to develop and pilot an integrated service model to support marginalised African-Australian youth, located in the west of Melbourne.

The aim of the second project; Maribyrnong Jobs (MJ) (2013 to 2015) was to develop new strategies to reduce high levels of long-term youth unemployment and disengagement in the Footscray area.

What did we celebrate? Both projects were successful in building the capacity and confidence of a significant number of marginalised young people to transition into education and/or employment. Support and services were provided to help participants overcome a range of complex personal and social issues including drug and alcohol addiction, English language skills, low literacy and numeracy, self-esteem, and the impact of trauma and abusive relationships. The MJ project also led to the development of the Maribyrnong Jobs website - a free service that continues to connect young people with local employers.
What did we learn?

  • Build sufficient time into projects to develop trusting relationships and engage young people.
  • Stay focused - constantly reference and communicate, the big picture purpose of a project. Do not be ‘distracted’ by numerical targets, which often relate to secondary outcomes.
  • Develop good project documentation – it is essential to manage, communicate, learn, and improve.
  • Appoint a steering committee of key stakeholder representatives to facilitate good governance, shared ownership and accountability.
The two projects also reinforced the need to:
  • ‘Build in’ and formalise project review – providing opportunity for stakeholders to provide their valuable feedback
  • Ensure sustainability beyond the life of the funded project by standardising partnerships and infrastructure.
  • Question the role and contribution of project-based improvements in the overall improvement of the systems that support young people.

We are already acting on the improvements identified, and look forward to these translating into better outcomes for our young people. Would you like to learn more? Contact Jane Kovacs or read the review summary reports on our website.


The 2015 State of Victoria’s Children reports provide insights into key issues for Victorian children, young people and their families. The  report contrasts the risk and protective factors in the lives of children and young people, and the impact these factors can have on later outcomes, focusing on:

       -  Lifelong learning and success
       -  Safe and healthy children
       -  Strong families and confident parents...

"It presents an evidence base on how Victoria’s children and young people are faring, bringing together a breadth of data and evidence from across the Victorian Government.

The report demonstrates that the majority of young Victorians are faring well. However, others face significant challenges, many relating to disadvantage that tip the scales against good health, wellbeing and achievement. 

Click here to read report



We very much welcome the anti-discrimination 18 month pilot program launched by the Andrews Labor Government in February 2017. "In an Australian-first, Recruit Smarter will de-identify personal details – such as names, genders, ages, and locations – to reduce potential bias during the application process."

Click here to read Media Release by the Victorian Government 



Youth Friendly Employer Project [NEW]

In 2017 we commenced the Youth Friendly Employer Project. This project aims to develop and pilot a process and assessment tool that inspires employers to become recognised for providing a positive experience for young people who are job-seeking and creating a supportive environment for those working with them.

The Youth Friendly Employer Project is a joint initiative of the Moonee Valley City Council (MVCC), and  the Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network (MMVLLEN). Funded by VicHealth; the Bright Futures for Young Victorians initiative supports organisations working with young people to establish new partnerships to help find solutions that promote community and young people's resilience, social connection, and mental wellbeing.
After this initial four-month pilot project (January to May 2017), we hope to source additional funding to take the project to the next stage, to more broadly apply what has been developed

Key steps in the project are:

  1. The appointment of a design team consisting of young people and employers.
  2. Drafting Youth Friendly Employer standards and developing an assessment tool and process.
  3. Trialling the tool with 'champion' employers.
  4. Reviewing and preparing a written report on the pilot.
  5. Planning for phase two of the project including the sourcing of further funding.

To find out more:

Please contact our Project Manager; Jane Kovacs by email or phone 03 9376 7251.

JobCraft & World of Work (WOW)

What a start to the year!! The JobCraft team been busier than ever before…and it’s been great!
Lisa Price has joined the team (YAY!) and since January the Jobcraft team have been actively working with schools, teachers, students and local organisations to plan workshops and to adapt and improve our resources. With the ever-changing work landscape the team believes wholly that it’s critical that our local young people get the most up to date information.

Unfortunately, we said goodbye to Yuta Monden at the end of last year and we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours. Yuta’s time with us was well spent and the fruits of his work will become apparent later in the year. (Watch this space!!!)
If you, your organisation or school would like to talk to Lisa or Ross about our ‘World of Work’ presentations or about the JobCraft Talent Community please contact them on 9376 7251
Remember to like JobCraft on Facebook for all our latest news 

Ross O'Rourke
Jobcraft Project Coordinator

JobCraft on Facebook
JobCraft Talent Community

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

As we welcome in the New Year the SWL team welcomes Stuart Gillespie as Employer Relationship Manager. Stuart brings a wealth of knowledge and experience along with wonderful connections to youth friendly employers. Whilst he is busily building those relationships Ross and Lisa are working closely with schools to gain a better understanding of the needs of the young people that are looking for placements...

We have had some success already facilitating 12 placements via the portal and this is just the beginning. The SWL team are looking forward to year ahead and linking employers and young people to create positive relationships.

Lisa Price
SWL Project Coordinator

Youth Internships Initiative (YII) 

A note from our wonderful new YII Coordinator:
"Hello, I’m Laura and I’ve recently joined MMVLLEN in January, taking over from Ruth on the Youth Internship Initiative.

We have been very busy interviewing new Interns, meeting with potential host employers and recruiting new volunteers for the Mentor program...

We hosted our Mentor Training session on Saturday 25th Feb which was a great success with 9 participants. We are also saying goodbye to Mentors and Interns who are coming to the end of their 9 month program. We would like to thank everyone for participating in this program and we wish you all the best for your future."

Laura Buerckner
YII Coordinator
YII website
Volunteering at MMVLLEN

Questions of Engagement (QofE)

While the final report was published last year, the Question of Engagement project is continuing in 2017 in two schools, Ascot Vale Primary School (AVPS) and Kensington Community High School (KCHS). Mike Kerin from the MMVLLEN and Dr Peter Burridge from Victoria University are working with coordinators from each school to tailor a program specific to the needs of the school using the question of engagement tools and processes. At AVPS the aim is to enhance student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), while at KCHS, the aim is to enhance student engagement in their curriculum by building teacher practice excellence.

For more information contact:

Mike Kerin
Partnership Broker
Try a Trade - hands-on job expo
Register now

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 held on...

Event: Try A Trade 2017
 Thursday 25th May
Venue: Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray 
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 Youth Services on
We look forward to seeing you there!
Anna Lemcke
Project Manager
Find our Try A Trade Event 2016 on YouTube
For enquiries contact the MMVLLEN office on
(03) 9376 7251 or
MMVLLEN Facebook
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