Better futures for young people
The Inner Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network (IELLEN) is a not-for-profit, incorporated organisation, funded by the Victorian Government through the Department of Education and Training.
The IELLEN works to improve education, training and employment options and outcomes for young people aged up to 19, especially those who live, study or are connected to any of three LGAs: Stonnington, Port Phillip, Boroondara.
Making a difference
The IELLEN works are now recognised as being at the forefront of strategic partnership work. Our organisation leads and supports, brokering or assisting new partnerships, projects and initiatives. The scope of our work is wide ranging, and achievements noteworthy. Our impact and influence continues to grow.
- In 2017, we secured funding through the Alcohol and Drug Foundation for a Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Project, and in 2018, from the Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership for a Health Matters Project
- In 2016, the IELLEN led a partnership that organised Melbourne’s first official “Ada Lovelace Day” event to promote young women undertaking STEM subjects and careers
- In 2016 and 2017, our SWL Program has been a leader in securing a number and range of quality structured workplace learning opportunities for students, uploading hundreds of opportunities on a statewide portal
- Our “e2e” Discussion Paper was one of the Australian Policy Online’s Top Ten viewed education publications of 2015
- In 2014, the IELLEN-led “Colour of Youth” Conference was the single largest event initiated by any LLEN devoted to issues around SSAGD young people. In 2017 we co-hosted, with Proud 2 Play, a major forum on inclusive sports practice for young LGBTIQ people
- In 2013, the IELLEN facilitated a partnership with four LGAs and key not for profits.to host Melbourne’s first major “Middle Years” Conference.
A leading organisation
The IELLEN devotes its energies to a rage of concerns, needs and issues. For example, in our catchment area we have been among the first to respond to the needs of young people who are carers, and to LGBTIQ youth. We are among the few to provide career education programs, as well as to collect and share data, knowledge and resources. We also lead the way in identifying and responding to service gaps, and in developing strategic partnerships. The IELLEN is at once a builder of community capacity, and an advocate for young people.