News & Updates

Those of us who work in the youth employment and education space know that strategic partnerships are critical to the delivery of effective youth-focused employment, training and learning support programs in the community.

In 2017 successful partnerships are even more vital, with a range of factors in Melbourne’s North set to have a tangible impact on employment prospects for the region. The closure of the vehicle manufacturing industry and subsequent impact on related manufacturers and suppliers will impact on young people both looking for work and looking to stay in the workforce. Likewise, changes to vocational funding, as well as the requirement to meet future workforce needs mean that young school leavers are at risk of choosing a career path that may not be the right one in the long term.

Elsewhere, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face a range of difficulties – whether that’s struggling to get access to a vehicle to learn how to drive and therefore gain access to wider employment opportunities, or to secure a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. And as ever, transitioning from primary to secondary or from secondary to vocational or tertiary learning presents its problems, while young people with a disability face real risk of disengagement without community support.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. 2017 is a year of opportunities. It’s a year in which INLLEN is committed to continue working together to deliver results by partnering with organisations operating in the same space. There is strength in numbers and cooperation between all of us will continue to yield the greatest results for young people across our region.

Partnership broking is what we at INLLEN do. We bring organisations together to help achieve sustained outcomes across the Yarra, Darebin and Moreland council regions from Richmond to Reservoir and Glenroy to Preston and all points in between – and we’re looking forward to working with our partners to achieve sustained success in 2017.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. 2017 is a year of opportunities. It’s a year in which INLLEN is committed to continue working together to deliver results by partnering with organisations operating in the same space. There is strength in numbers and cooperation between all of us will continue to yield the greatest results for young people across our region.

During the year we’ll be working to deliver a range of programs that will be enhanced by the involvement of our partners working in the space. We look forward to seeing you at many of the INLLEN events and forums that will be announced over the coming months, but in the meantime you can explore ways to get involved with our work below. And in turn, we look forward to attending your events and opportunities; working together to improve outcomes for young people across Melbourne’s inner north.

How you can get involved…

Community Transition Support Program – Help build the capacity of specialist schools in the region to deliver effective career practice and improve opportunities for young people with a disability to participate in further education and training, open employment and community participation.
Jobs for Youth Campaign – Keep an eye out for campaign events, list your own event and share event information across your network. Visit jobsforyouth.com.au for details.
Structured Workplace learning – Schools, let your students know they can visit the SWL website and take advantage of the many workplace opportunities listed online. Visit the SWL page for details.
Real Industry Job Interviews – Volunteer to mock interview school leavers later in the year to give them practice at this important employment skill. Contact Jansu Gaz to register your interest.
Moreland L2P Learner Driver Program – Driver mentors are needed in 2017. Help support a young person to get their driver’s licence, which opens their horizons and job prospects. Click the image below for further details.
Joining the Dots Project – We’ve partnered with a huge range of schools and community organisations to assist young people from CALD backgrounds – particularly those who are Arabic-speaking – to better transition into secondary school. We’re working with Pascoe Vale Girls College and William Ruthvan Secondary College in Reservoir to implement projects to aide transition, so please stay tuned for the first of our primary to secondary school transition videos, currently being produced with Pascoe Vale Girls School. Explore the Joining the Dots program here.
Youth Commitments – Find out how we’re bringing partners together across the region.