It has been an exciting year for Central Grampians LLEN. We’ve hosted a ton of events, had lots of fun with young people, and have been working hard to make a difference in our community.
Here’s a short overview of our achievements in 2017:
- The Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program helped 19 VET students consume workplace opportunities in the Grampians region. An additional 4 students were able to participate in the SWL program through cross-border placements. One student consumed a School Based Apprenticeship and Training opportunity in 2017 through SWL.
- We presented five Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Awards this year. Three of these awards went to well-deserving and hardworking SWL students. The remaining two awards were presented to remarkable employers who offered their SWL student an apprenticeship or employment as a result of their placement.
- CGLLEN’s FReeZA program ran four events that engaged young people from across the Grampians region. Events included two school discos, CGLLEN Skate Park Day and a FReeZA Photography Exhibit.
- Through the Engage program, CGLLEN ran 15 events, some of which are ongoing social events on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Some of this year’s events included the Sing It Out tour, Butterfly Foundation workshops, Year 9 Well Being Day, National Youth Week, Juno Vesta meetings, Grampians Drone Zone, Funky Fridays and more.
- The L2P Learner Driver Mentor program took on 24 learner-drivers across the Pyrenees Shire, Northern Grampians Shire and Ararat Rural City, of which 15 attained their P-plates. The program also trained 19 mentors to participate as supervising drivers. This program is looking to expand its reach to Lake Bolac and build its presence in the Pyrenees region in 2018.
- Our flexible learning program, Thursdays, actively engaged a number young people in its first year. This flexible learning program is for young people that have disengaged from full-time education or employment.
- The On Ya Bike program helped refurbish four bicycles with a number of primary school students who were at risk of disengaging from education.
- Central Grampians LLEN partnered with Federation University Australia in 2017 to re-introduce a higher education program to the Grampians region with the Bachelor of Social Science.
- Central Grampians LLEN staff attained a total of seven certificates of training throughout 2017.
- Central Grampians LLEN staff raised a total $1371.22 of donations for charities and non-for-profits like the Cancer Council, Beyondblue and Act for Peace.
- Thanks to FRRR funding and donations from the community, Central Grampians LLEN was able to start the renovations for Ararat’s Youth Hub, a place for young people to learn, socialize and host community events.
Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered or helped run our programs and events in 2017. We couldn’t have done all of this for the young people in our community without your help.
We are looking forward to hitting new milestones in 2018, with the help of young people in our region. Our FReeZA and Engage programs are currently open to new members or participants, so make sure you get involved next year!
We will be kicking off the new year with our jam-packed school holiday program in Ararat from January 8 – 19. Get in touch to book a spot! You can email us (firstname.lastname@example.org), call us (5352 3266) or find us on Facebook (Cgllen Freeza Engage).
Our offices will be closed from 23 December until January 1 but we look forward to seeing you all in the new year!