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Ada Lovelace Day: A Celebration of Women in STEM

Wednesday the 12th of October saw Ada Lovelace Day come to life at the Royal Society of Victoria.

This event, led by the IELLEN, celebrated the achievements of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) thus far, and promoted careers in STEM to girls currently in secondary school.

Caring Again?

The IELLEN established and led a Grandparents Working Group in 2016, a Group which organised and ran two "Caring Again" forums for grandparents and kinship carers during the year.

The Working Group, and these public events aimed to raise awareness of the challenges when stepping in as a primary care giver; to provide information and resources to this cohort; and to support further advocacy work.

3rd Annual IELLEN Awards

The annual IELLEN Awards celebrates the achievements of young people, education providers, employers and community organisations across the LGAs of Stonnington, Port Phillip and Boroondara. In particular they highlight successful education, training or employment outcomes for young people.

“A comprehensive and impressive document”

A Paper prepared by the e2e Working Group, led by the IELLEN, was released late July 2015, and is available on our website, or from Australian Policy Online where it's had more than 2,600 views.

The 2014 IELLEN Education, Business and Community Awards

The IELLEN Awards celebrate the achievements of local young people, education providers, businesses and community organisations in our catchment areas of Boroondara, Port Phillip and Stonnington.

Each year the IELLEN Education, Business and Community Awards highlight successful education, training or employment outcomes for young people, as well as acknowledging employers and school – industry partnerships.

Vale Lynne Kosky

Lynne Kosky was an inspirational politician and a remarkable woman... when Minster for Post Compulsory Education, she was a champion for thousands of young Victorians when she provided them the opportunity to complete an alternative secondary school certificate, the now well recognised, Victorian Certificate of Vocational Education (VCAL). Ms Kosky also established 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks across the state to ensure all young people had the opportunity to remain in education and or training that would lead to meaningful employment... Vale Ms Kosky our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family.

Health in Schools

The IELLEN was delighted to secure the support of three diverse education providers for a recent unique, innovative project – Health in Schools, or "HIS" for short. Funded by a small grant received in 2014 from Foundation 49, this project was all about health amongst young males – from their own perspective.

Parents ready to help their child through critical transition process

A critical issue identified in the IELLEN's Environmental Scan was "Transition, Career Development and Pathway Planning". To address this one of the possible actions for the IELLEN to undertake was to "Support parents to understand the transition process from primary to secondary school to assist the development of their children's aspirations and attitudes from an early age and increase the potential for continued and successful engagement in education to the completion of year 12 and or its equivalent." (2014 IELLEN Environmental Scan)

Each year the IELLEN facilitates workshops for parents and carers with children in Years 5, 6 and 7 to assist them to better support their child to make a successful transition from primary to secondary school.

Successful breakfast forum held

A special education breakfast forum, organised by an IELLEN-chaired partnership, was held on August 7, attracting a capacity crowd to the Prahran Town Hall.

The forum, entitled "Same sex attracted and gender diverse young people – inclusive practice, best practice" brought together a broad cross section of schools – government, independent and Catholic - as well as a range of service providers. In all, more than seventy people attended.

Middle Years Paper Launched

On Friday July 18, the Inner Metro Youth & Community Partnership (which is convened by the IELLEN) held a successful launch of its Middle Years Policy Recommendations Paper. This Paper was put together by the IMYCP's Middle Years Partnership group of eleven stakeholder organisations / services, which is also chaired by the IELLEN.

IELLEN 2013 AGM and Education, Business & Community Awards Presentation

Over 50 members and stakeholders attended the IELLEN 2013 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th May 2014. At this year's AGM the IELLEN held the inaugural Education, Business and Community Awards. The awards recognised the achievements of local students, education providers, businesses and community organisations that have contributed to improved outcomes in education, training or employment.

“The Colour of Youth - Embracing Diversity” Conference

Another IELLEN brokered and led initiative

120 people packed into the Richmond Town Hall on February 21 for "The Colour of Youth: Embracing Diversity" Conference, led by the Inner Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network. The event was organised in partnership with the Australian Gay Multicultural Council (AGMC Inc), Vic Aids Council/Gay Men's Health Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne City Mission, City of Yarra, the Inner City Regional Youth Affairs Network (ICRYAN) and Bupa.

DEA Conference features workshop on Ticket to Work

Disability Employment Australia (DEA) is the peak industry body for Australia's Disability Employment Service (DES) providers. Their annual conference provides an opportunity for attendees to think, question and respond to a range of critical issues in ways that are meaningful to their organisations, people with disability, employers and industry. The 2013 conference was held in Adelaide and over 440 delegates attended, entertained as always by MC extraordinaire, Brett de Hoedt.

Celebrating diversity, social inclusion and equal opportunity.

"Come to the Table", an industry dinner event held at Prahran Mission, brought together local employers and organisations keen to learn about young people with disabilities making successful transitions from school to employment. Held on 14th May 2013, the event was organised in partnership by the Inner Eastern LLEN, the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster, Prahran Mission and Montague Continuing Education Centre.

Principal’s Network presentation

IELLEN CEO, Gill Meek, and Senior Partnership Broker, Andrew Neophytou, recently presented at a Network meeting of School Principals, which was held 20 June 2013 in Elwood. This meeting, which attracts Principals from inner metropolitan and Bayside municipalities, was well attended with about fifty present. With both primary and secondary schools represented this was a great opportunity to highlight the IELLEN's partnership work around transition and the middle years.

Apprenticeship Forum reveals career pathways and future opportunities

A great partnership initiative has resulted in a successful IELLEN-led forum on Apprenticeships.

This partnership brought together the IELLEN with the Victorian Employer Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), as well as four Apprenticeship providers: Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA); William Angliss Institute of TAFE, and the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC).

The free forum, held Tuesday 18 June, attracted an audience of over 40 parents, students and teachers.

Ticket to Work wins Victorian Education Award

Ticket to Work, a School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) program for students with intellectual disabilities, is the 2013 recipient of a Victorian 'Education and Excellence Award'. Ticket to Work won the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) 'Outstanding Youth Pathways and Transitions Award' after being shortlisted from amongst many other worthy secondary education nominees.

FIRE UP! DVD about transition from primary to secondary school .

The IELLEN, in partnership with the OELLEN and teachers from CBC St Kilda and Middle Park Primary School, have produced a short DVD called “FIRE UP!” to assist parents in supporting their children as they make the transition from primary to secondary school. Education expert, Angie Wilcock, appears in the DVD outlining the changes children can expect and providing some helpful tips for parents.

"The Middle Years: Uncharted Territory?" Conference/Professional Development Day

The Middle Years – the IELLEN & ICRYAN call for greater focus, action

120 delegates packed into the Richmond Town Hall on March 22nd 2013 for the Inner City Regional Youth Affairs Network's Middle Years Conference/PD day.

The Inner City RYAN's Middle Years Working Group, which organised the day, was chaired at the time by the IELLEN's Andrew Neophytou, who worked in close partnership with seven other stakeholders to plan this important and successful event.


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