Anne-Marie is the inaugural Executive Officer of the Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network and holds a range of post graduate qualifications in education, leadership and organisation development.
She is well enmeshed in the Geelong Region community through extensive engagement with various G21 Pillar groups, is a member of the BSW ACFE Council and currently sits on the Boards of Give Where You Live and the Geelong Animal Welfare Society. Anne-Marie has completed the Australian Company Directors Course. Prior to coming to the LLEN Anne‐Marie worked across Victoria in education and community roles, building an extensive track record in networking and community engagement, partnership brokerage, strategic planning, and concept and project development.
Robyn is a Project Manager/Partnership Broker. She currently manages the Growing the Health and Community Services Workforce program – an early entry-level workforce development program focused on school-aged young people. The program aims to interest more young people in the Geelong region in a career in Community Services & Health. In conjunction with employers, it offers a series of awareness raising activities and supports pathways into further education, training and employment via VET in Schools and School-based Traineeships. The program is funded by Skilling the Bay until the end of 2017.
Robyn uses her skills as a careers counsellor to develop programs for retrenched workers, supporting them to transition to new careers. She is also a registered teacher.
Kylie is a Project Officer/Partnership Broker and currently works on the Growing the Health and Community Services Workforce program and coordinates our Structured Workplace Learning program. She has an extensive work history in linking with local industry to support our community in making successful career choices. Her work is to support pathways into future education & employment via industry awareness raising activities and work placement programs.
Jo is a Project Officer/Partnership Broker and is currently working on Structured Workplace Learning for the Geelong Region Secondary Schools. Jo has been working within the Employment and Training Industry sector for 27 years and has qualifications in Marketing and Training and Assessment, and is passionate about helping people achieve their employment goals. Jo has extensive knowledge and experience having worked in Disability Employment, Apprenticeships and traineeships within Group training, and has set up two RTO's locally who are both still in operation. Jo has been working with secondary schools within the Geelong Region over the past two and half years supporting students in finding quality work placements for students in years 10, 11 and 12. Jo has established excellent relationships with local employers within the Geelong and South West Region and is striving to give students the best opportunities to achieve their life goals.
Marianne is a Project Manager/Partnership Broker and manages the ‘Dream Real’ project: the creation of Geelong Careers, a multi-channel web site which delivers extensive regional career information via the web and personal devices to young people, retrenched workers and all career seekers in the G21 region. Geelong Careers went live in 2014 and features industry hero video case studies, regional careers pathways, analysis of locally trending industries, and a live job feed.
As the GRLLEN’s journalist, Marianne has also worked on communications and promotion strategies for the GRLLEN.
Joanne is the GRLLEN's PR and Communications Officer. She works to promote the various projects undertaken by the GRLLEN team, through regular media releases, social media posts, website updates and news bulletins to LLEN members. She works closely with Marianne Messer to promote the Geelong Careers Talent Communities, and with Dr. Jude Walker to organise and promote engaging and dynamic Expansive Learning Network events.
Jude is a labour market analyst, futurist and demographer who contracts to the LLEN to conduct research projects. She conducts our Environmental Scans and uses these scans, and the results of her other research projects, as the basis for data conversations with various groups, including schools and business groups. She provides insights into the future of work, particularly in relation to the introduction of new technologies. She also works with those groups to identify how the education/training, employment and economic sectors might work more effectively together to contribute towards better social and economic outcomes for the region.
With previous careers in nursing and publishing, Di ha enjoyed teaching English for over a decade now. Having taught in both mainstream and alternative settings in the community, she has developed a particular interest in supporting under-resourced youth. As a Project Officer, Di is looking forward to making a contribution to the important work the GRLLEN team does, in supporting students in their career pathways and maximising their opportunities into successful and stable futures.
With an extensive background in supporting and teaching young people in alternative schooling, Deb has also taught and coordinated programs within the disability field, assisted newly arrived refugees, delivered various programs in community centres and mentored at risk youth and adults entering the workforce.
With a genuine passion to empower and create opportunities for growth, Deb is committed to assisting people to overcome barriers and recognise that they indeed have real and valued potential.
As the Ticket to Work Network Coordinator, Catherine comes to this project after working for 35 years with a diverse range of students across all sectors of education. Catherine values the partnership building and collective impact that this project engenders in its aim of supporting young people with disabilities in their transitions from school to the workplace.
Catherine has a long association with GRLLEN beginning in 2004. She has them to thank for her Graduate Diploma in Applied Learning from Deakin Uni, which ultimately led on to her Masters in Applied Learning and for being part of the wonderful Post Compulsory Change Program in 2007.
Tamara is our new Administration Coordinator and comes to us with a wealth of Not-for-Profit administrative experience.
For the past six and a half years she has been working for a variety of Labour Hire agencies which involved short and long term contract for public, Government and Not-for-Profit organisations in administration, EA, PA, HR and inbound/outbound telephony.
Tamara started following the achievements of the Geelong Region LLEN three years ago via LinkedIn and Facebook and because their passion for the Geelong community matches her own, she jumped at the opportunity to provide administrative support with her own special twist.