Our Focus

CGLLEN offer a variety of programs focused on inspiring young people in Western Victoria's Grampians Region.


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Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network
Engage, Innovate, Inspire.

As a community, we’re all responsible for inspiring young people to find their passion in life, stay engaged in school and pursue a career that’s right for them. At Central Grampians Local Learning & Employment Network (CGLLEN), we’re all about bringing together different sectors of the Ararat, Stawell and district communities to support and mentor young people aged from 10-25. We connect local business, industry, government, parents, teachers, training providers and community groups to create sustainable programs that inspire young people to reach their full potential. By placing a real value on education and training, we aim to guide young people through adolescence to a bright future. Best of all, together we can help young people ‘live their best life’.
Now that’s rewarding!

  • Mates Mentoring
  • FreeZa
  • Engage
  • L2P


Our dedicated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff members working as a team to deliver valuable real outcomes for young people in the Grampians Region.
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James Skene

Executive Officer
It is my privilege to work with an energetic, engaged and dedicated team who are focused on delivering valuable outcomes for young people in our region.
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Mel Bennett

Program Manager
As programs manager here at CGLLEN, I love being involved in identifying programs that best suit our needs within the local and surrounding communities. I am passionate about helping people enrich their lives by promoting education, self-development, and self-reliance.
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Elizabeth Lindsay

Administrative Officer
My role is to provide administrative and executive support to the CGLLEN Board of Management and staff and oversee the smooth operation of our finances.
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Sarah Garton

Youth Project Officer & L2P Coordinator (Stawell)
Through my role as Youth Project Officer I get to work with young people on amazing projects through the Youth Engage! Stawell Program. I also run the L2P program and love seeing our learners gain their 120 hours and their P Plates.
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Brendan van den Clarke

Youth Program Officer, Ararat
I’ve always had a passion to work with young people, and working as the Youth Project Officer in Ararat, I get to be involved with young people and assisting to organise FReeZA events and Engage! activities, making the Ararat area just a bit more fun to live in if you’re a young person.
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Breanne Rush

Youth Program Assistant
My role at CGLLEN means that I have the pleasure to work with the youth around the Stawell/Ararat region. I also get to work with the other Youth Project officer’s and give them a helping hand if needed. I am involved with the Engage! and FReeZa programs that help out the local schools and the youth of the community.

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