LLEN celebrates success despite uncertain future

Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network executive officer James Skene.

Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network executive officer James Skene.

ARARAT - Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network is continuing to work and support the region's young people despite an uncertain future.

In his annual report, chair Ted Gaffney said CGLLEN had excelled over the past year and with very few exceptions had achieved, if not surpassed, its strategic plan targets.

Mr Gaffney said this year the major effort of the CGLLEN was to engage with its stakeholders while at the same time building community involvement.

"This enabled the CGLLEN to drive the educational reform and social inclusion that was to ensure the designated outcomes and the transitional agendas, as listed in our strategic plan, and in achieving these results, maintain the forward momentum for the youngsters of our area in the best and most positive fashion," he said.

"It means to do our best for our most precious commodity, our young people."

Mr Gaffney said over the past year CGLLEN had worked to include partnerships with key stakeholders to deliver solutions to regional issues.

"This included our senior educators within our stakeholder groups, who gave of their most valuable time freely for the same reasons as the CGLLEN," he said.

"We further engaged industry and business leaders in the partnerships that we formed, as well as our volunteer and community groups, including parents, who gave us the flexibility that produced a satisfying and lasting method of gaining social capital.

"As you can see, the issue of an excellent work ethic is one that sits very easily with the CGLLEN."

Over the past year CGLLEN has seen a number of resignations and new appointments.

This included the resignation of executive officer Murray Jensen and appointment of new executive officer James Skene.

Original board member Joan Studd also resigned after 12 years, while Mr Gaffney indicated the 2014 annual general meeting would be his last before retirement from the board.

In his annual report Mr Gaffney also said the lack of government funding was placing increasing pressure on the CGLLEN.

"It would not be unreasonable for me to mention the added pressure placed on the CGLLEN due to the changes that are continuing in the government reorganisation and financing of the whole LLEN structure," he said.

"It has been difficult not knowing what the future of LLENs might be; if it is to continue and, if so, in what format.

"This has not made the work situation for the staff an easy one. I point this out as another pressure our people work under, that is neither reasonable or fair, yet they have been responsible for the wonderful achievements of the goals, as set down in our strategic plan."

Mr Gaffney also offered his thanks to staff, board members and supporters.

"I should like to thank the staff for their efforts throughout my time as chair and in particular this last year, for their most valuable contribution under trying conditions," he said.

"To the board members, who have been such a solid and steady part of the CGLLEN's success; to our stakeholders in all areas; to our families and friends, please accept my gratitude for the opportunity granted to me as chair."

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