MMVLLEN Newsletter August 2016
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August 2016


Veronica Snook
We have achieved a lot over the last quarter, and I take this opportunity to thank MMVLLEN Board and staff, as well as our partners, for their commitment and hard work to bringing this about.

MMVLLEN has established its 5 Strategic Directions for the next four years, all aiming to build a positive narrative around young people and to increase their capacity and opportunity for a successful future. A key role for our LLEN is to inspire innovation and connection so that young people can participate and succeed in their learning and future employment.

While our focus is on young people living in Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong, it is increasingly clear that solutions to education and employment challenges go beyond these boundaries. This drives our work in ongoing and new partnerships to facilitate greater connections across the education and employment space and create greater opportunity.
These are exciting times!

Warm wishes,
Veronica Snook


please RSVP with provider directly

6 September 2016
YACVic and Youthlaw training: “Failure to disclose and failure to protect”
(by Maribrynong Youth Services)

10 October 2016
What's Next Career Expo
(by NMFC Huddle)

10-14 October 2016
Design and Technology Week
(click link)


We have provided updates on our current projects.  Click on the Project Name to be taken to the relevant section. 
  1. Our News
  2. New Knowledge
  3. Project Updates
  4. Jobcraft & World of Work
  5. SWL
  6. Youth Internships
  7. Questions of Engagement
  8. Try A Trade

1. Our Youth Internship Initiative (also known as the Moonee Valley Internship Initiative) has been funded for another year, which is great news.

2. We are very excited to be part of a successful Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) bid, led by Wingate Avenue Community Centre, to support marginalised job-seekers into the workforce.


Reviews of the Maribyrnong Jobs and Transition to Independence Programs have affirmed the achievement of quality outcomes. They have also highlighted the need for us to pay more attention to planning and tracking our model of work to ensure ongoing practice improvement.


We have launched our new Facebook page. The new page will keep you up to date with local job opportunities, education and employment hacks, and MMVLLEN business in general. Come and visit us sometime.
Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley LLEN


A report detailingthe findings of an exciting research project was released last week. The research, conducted by Melbourne and Deakin Universities, set out to explore the role of partnerships formed by Victorian secondary schools with other providers of training and education, government agencies, business associations and community groups, to improve student outcomes.

Not surprisingly, the research revealed that there are significant and numerous benefits to be gained through these partnerships. The report also discusses the major barriers experienced by schools in establishing successful relationships.
Of most significance to us, is that it affirms the importance of the work we do in partnership with you, our stakeholders, at MMVLLEN!
The report can be accessed at We will be very happy to explore ways to action the research with you – call us!


JobCraft & World of Work

There has been a recent addition to the JobCraft and World of Work team, MMVLLEN would like to welcome Yuta to the position of Project Officer for the JobCraft Team.

JobCraft and the World of Work has made an impressive impact within the Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley communities this year. In partnership with schools,  JobCraft and the World of Work program has allowed for 80 students to participate in the World of Work Workshops within the last month alone.

We would like to thank all those responsible, students, schools and employers that have made this possible and successful!

Ross O'Rourke
Jobcraft Project Coordinator

Yuta Monden
Jobcraft Project Officer
JobCraft on Facebook
JobCraft Talent Community

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

Through our SWL program we are building links with youth friendly employers to support secondary school students gain important work ready skills and relevant technical skills for their vocation.

This is often the first exposure to a workplace that a young person will experience, therefore locating meaningful placements is imperative. We are encouraged by the commitment to young people by some employers.

We welcome the support of - Trade Creative, Grill’d Yarraville, Big Fish, Dimmeys, The Chair Doctor and Kensington Community House, who are currently hosting or offered to host students from our community.

We are always on the lookout for more employers!

Lisa Price
SWL Project Coordinator

Ross O'Rourke
SWL Project Coordinator

Youth Internships Project

There has been lots happening in the MVI project over the last few months. We have successfully recruited, trained and matched fourteen mentors with interns and well and truly commenced our  mentoring program for 2016. 

Since the beginning of the year, we would have provided ten young people with internship placement opportunitiesThese placements have/will occur within MMVLLEN, Victoria Police Footscray Complex, Maribyrnong City Council Learning and Libraries as well as Park Ranges.

A big thank you to our host employers for recognising the value young people add and supporting the MVI project. 

Ruth Mathew
MVI Project Coordinator

Questions of Engagement

The two-year project was a partnership between the MMVLLEN, Victoria University and five schools in the Moonee Valley area. It centred around improving student learning experiences in Years 5-8.

In 2014 it focused on research into cognitive, behavioural and social behaviour of students that either supported or undermined student engagement.

In 2015 it supported staff in trialling strategies of their own choosing to address areas identified for improvement.

The research project has come to an end and the final report will be launched in term 4 this year at Ascot Vale Primary school.
Further details will be provided closer to the event.
Try a Trade
MMVLLEN, in partnership with the Maribyrnong City Council, has seen its 7th Annual ‘Try-a-Trade’ event, held in May 2016.

The event was a huge success, with 94% of students, 100% of teachers and 89% of exhibitors stating the event was Very Good and Excellent! 339 students from 12 schools attended the event, with 16 different trades showcased.

MMVLLEN would like to thank the exhibitors,Victoria University, Kengan Institute, RMIT University, William Angliss Institute, Box Hill Institute and Bayside college for their time and resources, ensuring the young people in the local community gained an understanding of what was possible. We would also like to thank the schools for their support and for making the event a wonderful success. 

A big thank you to our partners Maribyrnong Youth Services for helping us to make this yet another very successful event.

Anna Lemcke
Project Manager
Check out the Try A Trade Event 2016 on YouTube
For enquiries contact the MMVLLEN office on
(03) 9376 7251 or
Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley LLEN
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