GRLLEN Newsletter #4

Good morning, hope you are all having a good week, and enjoyed a relaxing long weekend over Easter.

We welcomed three new members to the GRLLEN team recently.
Di Buckley commenced her role as Project Officer for our Early Entry Workforce Project which encourages the region's young people to consider a career in the growing Community Services and Health industry.  She will work with Robyn and Kylie, and we are pleased to have her on board.
We also welcomed Catherine Farrell to the team.  Catherine joins us as the new coordinator for the Ticket to Work Program and it's support network.  Catherine will be working with schools, employment & support agencies and our wonderful disability field officers helping young people with disability transition into an employment pathway.  For more information on the Ticket to Work Program - check out these great stories here and here
Deb Walker has also joined the team, working with Jo Harris on the Structured Workplace Learning program, helping match young people with real-world on-the-job experiences with local employers.  We're always on the lookout for new employers who can provide a young person with a great experience of real-world work, so get in touch with us if you can help!

Our labour market analyst and futurist, Dr. Jude Walker has recently taken up a new role with the Regional Australia Institute, working on a project investigating the future of work in regional Australia.  As a result, she will reduce her hours with the LLEN, but will still be working on analysing and interpreting local data around changes to our regional labour market, including our upcoming environmental scan of the creative industries in the local region.

Upcoming events

No more harm National Conference
12-13 April, 2018
Pullman Melbourne on the Park
This conference is an ideal platform to exchange ideas and learn more from other professionals, researchers and practitioners that work with individuals, groups and organisations with bullying, harassing or discriminating behaviour challenges and outcomes.
For tickets, program information and further details, check here

Employable Me - ABC program
This uplifting & insightful series draws on science & experts to uncover people's hidden skills.Following people with neuro-diverse conditions such as autism, OCD & Tourette Syndrome as they search for meaningful employment.
Screening 8:30pm for 3 weeks from 3 April
Watch the trailer here 
If you missed the first episode last night, you can catch up on iView

Are you interested in building your capacity to engage with young people, particularly those who have experienced disadvantage?
This new two day workshop is designed to radically shift your youth engagement practice from engagement to exCHANGE. We will examine the way we conceptualise young people; how we understand our own roles as workers and advocates; and how the systems we operate within facilitate or impede progress. Facilitators Crystal Moon and Lauren Oliver have over 25 years of expertise between them drawn from lived experience and professional practice.
Expect to engage in a combination of reflection, discussion and action that will:

Provide an insight into participatory practice from a young person’s perspective;
Challenge assumptions and preconceptions about youth work, young people, disadvantage and participation;
Address some of the key barriers to young people’s participation; and
Develop a set of strategies and tools to radically shift the way we engage and exchange with young people.
Workshop Dates:
23 – 24 April 2018
29 – 30 August 2018
5 – 6 December 2018

More information

Register here

News from around the web

Can the right nudge help low-income kids go beyond high school? - from KQED News
Project to develop a new work mindset - media release from Foundation for Young Australians
Future Frontiers Analytical Report: The Future of Work in Australia - NSW Department of Education

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