In 2000 ‘The Ministerial Review of Post Compulsory Education and Training Pathways in Victoria,’ referred to as the ‘The Kirby Report, delivered 31 recommendations.
Of these, number 11 recommended:
“As a first phase, between 10-15 local planning networks be supported to:
- Develop collaborative approaches towards planning and improved delivery of post-compulsory education and training programs and services
- Investigate and trial key elements of regional coordination and delivery of programs as outlined in the report”
Former Wodonga TAFE employee Jane Dewildt was the driving force behind NELLEN’s incorporation on 15 March 2002, during the second implementation phase of the Kirby Report.
In the past 20 years NELLEN has delivered a variety of programs and projects in the Alpine, indigo, and Towong Shire, and the City of Wodonga, establishing large network within the education and employment pathways space.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary the NELLEN Board held a morning tea. NELLEN welcomed their network, past Board members, Executive Officers, and staff to their new office at Southside Wodonga. The Current Board Chair, Virginia Mansell Lees, and the Executive Director of Education and Training at Wodonga TAFE, Acting CEO Graham Hart, spoke about the work of the LLEN over the years and the current education and employment climate for young people in the North East Victoria Region.