The mission of the Glenelg & Southern Grampians LLEN is to lead and support the development of local, sustainable and meaningful partnerships in education, training and employment that generate greater opportunities for young people aged 10 to 19 years.  Some of our targets include assisting partners to increase the number of young people to complete Year 12 or the equivalent education qualification such as the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.  The LLEN is a not for profit organisation and is ably managed by our voluntary Committee of Management.  We encourage free membership from all sectors of the community, particularly parents, educators and employers.  It is through our partnerships, memberships and the direction from our Committee of Management that the Glenelg & Southern Grampians LLEN generates its experience and success.

The Glenelg & Southern Grampians LLEN incorporates two local government areas, Glenelg Shire, and Southern Grampians Shire, located in the south west of Victoria approximately 300 km west of Melbourne.  The two shires together cover an area of 13,000 square kilometres, approximately 5.7% of the total area of Victoria.

Compared with other young people in larger centres, young people in the Glenelg and Southern Grampians LLEN (GSG LLEN) region have a relatively restricted range of choice for education and training.  The region has high levels of youth disengagement (Glenelg had the second highest proportion of disengaged young people in Victoria for 15-19 year olds in 2010) and low school retention rates in the government school sector. “There is considerable evidence of rural and regional disadvantage for young people in access to education and training. Generally fewer rural students are retained in school in comparison to metropolitan students.”

The main industries in the region identified in the Great South Coast Plan are “agriculture, fishing and forestry, manufacturing, health care and social assistance, retail trade, education and training, accommodation and food services, construction, public administration and safety and transport, postal and warehousing.”  Skills shortages in the region include a range of professionals including health professionals, engineers, regional planners, and lawyers.  Other occupations experiencing skill shortages include chefs and hospitality staff, agricultural and primary production staff and most traditional trades.  The region has a high take up of apprenticeship training, however, has a low university uptake coupled with high university deferral rates.  Our region also has a high indigenous population.