• Petitioning The Hon Christopher Pyne MP

This petition will be delivered to:

Minister for Education
The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Office of the Premier of Victoria
Australian Government/Victorian Government
Minister for Education
Hon Martin Dixon

Maintain funding to LLENs

    1. John Hallsworth
    2. Petition by

      John Hallsworth

      Melbourne, Australia

As a careers pracitioner in a State Secondary College, I have first hand evidence of the work that the Local Learning and Employment Networks do for our students.  The links they form and the contacts they provide between our students and local employers are often the difference between our students falling into unemployment and starting a job or school based apprenticeship.  They are the vital link between employers, training providers and schools.  Without the LLENs there will be a void. How will employers and schools be able to communicate effectively without the brokerage of the hard working people at the LLEN office.  Not only do they form the link between schools and employers, they also provide training and support for careers practitioners and VCAL coordinators.  It is foolish in the extreme to make cuts to such a valuable service.  ANY CUTS TO THE FUNDING OF THE LLENs WILL AFFECT THE FUTURE OF YOUR KIDS - ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE INTENDING TO ENTER A TRADE OR VOCATIONAL TRAINING.  State and Federal governments need to get their heads together and restore FULL funding to our LLENs NOW. 

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    1. State Labour makes a $32 million commitment over 4 years

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      If a State Labour government is returned in November, it has promised 32 million dollars funding for the LLENs over its first term (4 years). That's a great commitment from shadow minister for education Steve Herbert. Now let's see what the Liberals are prepared to do. It would be nice to think that our petition has made at least a small contribution to the issue. The ball appears to be fairly and squarely in the STATE Governments' court, so hopefully Messrs Dixon and Napthine will at least match the Labour funding promise. If they don't, we need to apply more pressure by trying to get the media involved and making personal representations at Spring Street. November is Election time, so stay tuned for our next steps. Oh, and let's keep pushing for more signatures so we can get over the 1000 mark.
      All the best and thanks for your support (on behalf of the LLENs).
      John.

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Can you spread the word to save our LLENs?

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      We are approaching 700 supporters on our Save the LLENs petition. Now that school is back in full swing, please take advantage of any gatherings, newsletters, meetings, professional development sessions etc. to promote our cause. It's a very legitimate cause, and it's for our kids who need the LLENs to form the contacts for employment, SBATs and workplace learning. Let's push on to the 1000 mark, then take it to Canberra.

    4. Friday evening and we have reached 569 supporters.

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      What a fantastic effort and thanks heaps to all of those (especially) young people who have signed the petition this week. The LLENs are doing a fantastic job trying to secure your futures, so we need to do as much as we can to secure theirs. The chances are that you will use the services of the LLENs at some point in your senior school life, or even afterwards in some cases. It's clear that the word is getting around all of the LLENs accross the state due to the number of country Victorian signatures we are receiving, so if you are in one of those country areas, please continue to pass the word around your networks and get everyone on board. During the first week, 200 signatures was looking good, but by Friday evening this week we have reached 569 - a fantastic effort! So let's make 1000 our goal for next week. Please continue to spread the word that our LLENs are really needed for the futures of our students.
      Have a great weekend
      John.

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Closing in on 500 supporters.

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all of you great supporters out there, we are closing in on 500 signatures for our "Save the LLENs" petition. At the start of the week, it was a goal to reach 500 and as of Wednesday evening we are only 55 signatures away. That's a fantastic response and is getting close to a position where the pollies will start to take notice. But we still need more and if everyone of you 500 people could get just one or two more signatures, we will really be able to make a point. So, keep on spreading the word that we really need our LLENs and it is a short sighted view to cut their funding. It's all about our kids futures.
      Cheers
      John .

    7. 288 Signatures to start the week - let's try to double it this week!

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      We started this petition one week ago and in that time we have had an excellent response of 288 signatures of support. Every time a person adds their signature to the petition, a letter is sent to the three ministers - Mr Pine, Dr Napthine and Mr Dixon. So, they (or their staff) have each received 288 letters asking them to retain funding for the LLENs. We need this to be a constant flow of signatures to have a better effect, so please, through your own networks, pass on the details of the petition to prospective supporters. Let's see if we can double our current numbers by this time next week. Cheers and have a great week (especially if you're on holidays).
      John.

    8. 265 supporters to save the LLENs

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      As of Friday evening, we have reached 265 signatures for our petition. Things have slowed down a little, but I guess that's to be expected after such a rush. If you haven't yet passed the word around your friends, family, work colleagues etc. please do so. If you want to contribute to some discussion and give some ideas about how we can get more people involved, you can go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/montypathways.
      Hope to see you there soon.

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Did you tell your friends yet?

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      We've got 187 signatures as of Thursday morning, Fantastic! That's above the average for a Change.org petition. Not bad for a petition that is fairly localised too. But we need lots more if we are going to make a difference. So, when you get to work, or meet friends or whatever you're doing today, pass the word on to as many people as you can. There is a very high chance that they will be affected by the proposed funding cuts, if not themselves, then someone close to them. So mention this petition that's happening on change.org and tell them to search for "Llens" and they will find it. Almost 200, but let's keep pushing for more!

      Thanks heaps for your support, on behalf of the LLENs.

    11. Thank you to all of our supporters of the LLENs

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 164 signatures for our petition. That's not bad in less than 2 days. A very big thank you to all who have shown their support. We have signatures from right across the State now, so hopefully it will really start to take off with everyone spreading the message that we can't do without our LLENs. Contact parents, teachers, administrators, businesses, anyone who will be affected by the loss of the LLENs. It's for our kids!

    12. Over 100 - But it's just the beginning

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      107 signatures, fantastic in less than a day........... Now if each of those 107 got 10 people involved, and each of those got 10 people involved and so on.............. WOW, that would really make a difference. So PLEASE, everyone pass on the link to your friends and contacts

    13. Reached 100 signatures
    14. We are getting close to going "live".

      John Hallsworth
      Petition Organizer

      As of midday today (Tuesday) we have 78 supporters for our petition. We need only 22 more to go live. So, keep spreading the word by passing on the link to friends and relatives.

    15. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sarah Davis AUSTRALIA
      • 2 months ago

      The LLENs are innovative and supportive of young people at risk.

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    • kerry hutton AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      The LLEN has provided wonderful service to the Ballarat education community

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    • Daniel Betty AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      Students need every opportunity to secure employment. The work of LLENS has been proven to support youth in doing this.

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    • Bec Minichilli AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      I work in Alternative education and the LLEN's are an integral part of out success.

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    • Peter Devine AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      As a Careers Practitioner they have been invaluable. There wouldn't be a week when I haven't contacted them for assistance. My students will be disadvantaged.

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