Unique Pathways with LLEN

Melissa and Danielle from CGLLEN

Danielle is a young person from Ararat who has found a unique pathway of success through Central Grampians LLEN.


Danielle initially connected with Central Grampians LLEN (CGLLEN) in 2016 through a work for the dole program. The program, Kreative Krafterz, required participants to research and create craft projects to donate to kindergartens throughout the Grampians. Program Manager Melissa mentored participants like Danielle with additional support by offering career advice. This involved reviewing resumes and cover letters while offering advice from an employer’s point of view. CGLLEN has fostered and established connections with local employers, and can thus offer valuable input to those exploring employment pathways.

As a result of the program and mentorship from CGLLEN, Danielle found work in Ararat after the dole program had finished.


Alongside new work, Danielle then enrolled in classes for the Bachelor of Social Sciences, a tertiary course run in Ararat by Federation University Australia in conjunction with CGLLEN. This course is part of CGLLEN’s strategic plan to bring higher education to the Ararat region.

Previously, Danielle had discontinued her secondary education before finishing Year 12. Recent statistics show that early school leavers have a lower chance of re-engaging with education later in life, exposing them to disadvantages when looking for work. Danielle is more than just another statistic and has successfully grasped onto local opportunities that lay before her.

“CGLLEN has definitely had an effect on my life,” Danielle said. “They have encouraged me to believe in myself and not deter from challenges.”

Recently, Danielle took another step forward through CGLLEN by joining their team as a Youth Research Assistant. She now assists CGLLEN’s Youth Project Officers by researching grants and collecting data. “CGLLEN is a good place” Danielle said. “They’ve helped me a lot over the past couple of months, and my life would look a lot different without them.”

For more information on the Bachelor of Social Sciences (available in Ararat) please click here, or contact Melissa on 03 5352 3266. The course is open to mid-year enrolments until July 31, 2017.