NELLEN has forged strong partnerships with a host of education providers, support services and community organisations, working with these entities to facilitate projects and programs to help young people transition from dependence to independence.
Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE)
The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), based in Beechworth, is committed to building thriving regional communities by igniting entrepreneurship in young people and communities. NELLEN is supporting ACRE to train teachers at Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre and Wodonga Middle Years College to deliver Social Enterprises in Schools programs.
Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre (WFLC)
Currently a campus of Wodonga Senior Secondary College, Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre (WFLC) focuses on reconnecting vulnerable young people between 15 and 19 years of age with education, both inside and outside the centre. It aims to work with young people to help them understand potential pathways to future learning, training and employment.
Junction Support Services (JSS)
Junction Support Services (JSS) has been working to reduce poverty and homelessness in North East Victorian communities since 1989. The not-for-profit organisation provides practical support services to children, young people, single adults and families who are disadvantaged through poverty, homelessness, family breakdown, social isolation, family violence, mental ill health and drug and alcohol addiction. NELLEN is collaborating with JSS and NE TRACKS to deliver the Victorian State Government’s Navigator pilot project, which will provide support for disengaged young people to return to education.
Operating in the local government areas of Benalla, Wangaratta and Mansfield, the NE TRACKS Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) supports young people 10-19 years of age and works with schools and other organisations to achieve higher rates of school retention and participation in education, training and employment.
NELLEN and NE TRACKS are collaborating on a three-staged investigation to develop an Agricultural Workforce Development model to strengthen secondary schools’ delivery of agricultural education. The project is focused on consultation with local stakeholders, identifying partners and the development of a replicable model of practice, which has resulted in scanning the local secondary schools’ delivery capabilities and potential, as well as sourcing national ‘best practice’ examples to provide outcome comparisons for Mansfield Secondary College’s year nine agriculture program.
Communities That Care (CTC)
Communities That Care has been operating in Myrtleford since 2009, while Communities That Care Alpine (CTCA) is a coalition formed in May 2015 to build on the work previously undertaken by CTC Myrtleford. The aim of CTCA is to reduce problem behaviours for young people in the Alpine Shire by:
- identifying social issues which are predictive of adverse outcomes for families and young people.
- delivering evidence-based programs and services to reduce the harmful effect of problem behaviours through a community action plan.
Wodonga Middle Years College and Platform 9 Coffee
Initiated in conjunction with Wodonga Middle Years College and Platform 9 Coffee, The Coffee Project was a 10-week program giving year nine students the opportunity to train in a commercial hospitality environment and gain real-world skills in this industry. The project culminated in a pop-up café, where students prepared and sold coffee to members of the public, raising money for a local charitable cause.
NELLEN partners with Wodonga-based engineering firm Wilson Transformers to organise the Solar Car Challenge, which engages around 14 secondary school teams from around Albury and North-East Victoria to design and construct solar powered cars. School teams work with local industry mentors, giving them unique insights into, and connections with, the local manufacturing industry ahead of the challenge practice and race days in mid- and late-October.