The Geelong Region LLEN has both an in-house research capability, as well as operating a research team (Researching Futures) with a range of research and data capability to support its stakeholders and partners with planning and funding bids.
Some of the in-house research involves developing:
Environmental scans - a snapshot of the regional education, training and employment environment as well as information about the local labour market and industry growth. Past Environmental Scans, which have examined individual labour markets in the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Golden Plains Shire and the Borough of Queenscliffe, are available on this site for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the regional economy. The intent of the GRLLEN for 2016 is to undertake Environmental Scans on an industry basis. This will involve identifying global and national factors affecting our regional growth industries, examining some of the new technologies impacting on those industries, and identifying trends which will affect the future of work in the region.
Labour market research in the G21 region - assist schools, industry and government to better understand the factors impacting the local labour market. The GRLLEN believes that it is not enough to produce data and information on the regional economy, but that many stakeholders needs to be assisted to better understand what that data means and how it can be used. As a result, the GRLLEN can also provide a service in which our labour market analyst and futurist undertakes “data conversations” with stakeholders to assist them to “make sense” of the data.
If you would like to find out more about our data and research services, please contact us at (03) 5229 0922 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Researching Futures is a research and facilitation group established to respond to the changing social, economic and political environments of regional Australia. Researching Futures examines these environments, and use the results of that examination to inform policy developments and new practices from an action research perspective, with a focus on the Geelong region and surrounding municipalities. It has a track record for applied research spanning the interaction of education/training, health/wellbeing and economic development/employment sectors.
Researching Futures has 5 key research areas: Research Area 1:Accessing Futures through the Secondary Years of Education Research Area 2:Regional Development and Innovation – Acquiring the Knowledge and Skills for the Future Research Area 3: Capability Development of Educators and Trainers – Becoming Facilitators of Knowledge Era Citizens of the Future Research Area 4: Organisational Change – Transforming Educational Institutions into Demand Responsive and Future Agenda- Setting Organisations Research Area 5: Industry & Business Sector/Education & Training Sector Partnerships – Seamless Education & Training Provision of the Future
The team is currently scoping a proposal for funding to develop a regional youth employment plan for the G21 region.
Some examples of past projects include:
Armstrong Creek Coordinated Community Infrastructure Delivery Project: Integrated Education, Health and Community Services Plan for Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area, 2011. Funded by Dept. of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) and Dept. of Health (DoH) through G21. The purpose of the Project was to involve groups anticipated to be providing services through the education & training and health & community service facilities proposed for the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area (ACUGA). The intended outcome of the Project was to build agreed understandings and commitments from stakeholders around service delivery and governance models.
Young People with Health Conditions – Staying Engaged during Senior Years of Secondary Education Project, Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute & Foundation for Young Australians, 2010.
Corio Norlane Urban Renewal Project: Integrated Education Analysis, 2009. Funded by Dept. of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) through Major Projects Victoria and G21. The purpose of the project was to develop an integrated education model for the Corio/Norlane area.
Corio Norlane Urban Renewal Project - Strategic Investment Social Plan, Major Projects Victoria for Department of Planning & Community Development, 2009.
Dr Jude Walker, the Geelong Region LLEN's futurist and labour market analyst speaking at the 2015 AGM