Ready. Set. Go!

Project Ready is a hands-on work readiness and personal development program that incorporates a VET Certificate II in Active Volunteering. 

The program was first developed in 2017 by Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network to re-engage students with their education and prepare them for the future worlds of work.

Since then, Project Ready has been redeveloped to meet the needs of a wider range of students such as those who have not identified a preferred career path or developed the work readiness skills required to successfully transition into further training or the workforce.

Who are we?

Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (CRLLEN) is a not for-profit organisation that brings together schools, government, businesses and the community to improve education, training and employment outcomes for young people within the Mitchell, Murrindindi and Macedon Ranges local government areas. Our aim is to make young people ‘everyone’s business’. 

CRLLEN is one of 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks across Victoria. The LLEN network is a Victorian Government initiative managed through the Department of Education & Training.

Project Ready is an initiative of CRLLEN with the purpose of assisting young people to transition successfully from year 12 (or an equivalent) to further training or employment. Project Ready is available in all Victorian schools through the LLEN network.

Project Ready aims

Project Ready supports students to become work and life ready by:

In 2019, CRLLEN engaged LaTrobe University to independently evaluate Project Ready against its objectives. The research confirmed that the program is effective in achieving its aims.

Read the Project Ready Evaluation Report

  • Building ‘groupness’; a safe group space where students feel comfortable to share and personally develop
  • Helping them discover their unique skills, strengths and passions in order to plan for their career
  • Helping them understand possible training and work pathways through a range of career development and industry engagement activities
  • Introducing them to design thinking theory
  • Building self-worth, confidence and resilience through personal development activities, volunteering and community involvement
  • Improving their communication skills and teaching them workplace communication
  • Helping them understand how to work effectively with a diverse range of people
  • Teaching them work readiness skills, such as the job application process
  • Training them in stress management, mindfulness and goal setting
  • Teaching them project development, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills
  • Teaching them OH&S skills
  • Facilitating work placement opportunities (Structured Workplace Learning – SWL)

VET units of competency

Project Ready is a full-year VET program mapped against Certificate II in Active Volunteering. The program is auspiced by AAG and delivered by a TAE-qualified trainer (known as the Project Ready facilitator), sourced by one of 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs). The facilitator has specialist facilitation skills enabling delivery of the Project Ready curriculum using our relationship-based pedagogical approach.

Project Ready Units (Certificate II in Active Volunteering)




Be an effective volunteer (20 hours of community project work is required which also counts as SWL)


Use basic strategies for career planning


Communicate in the workplace


Participate in workplace health and safety


Develop personal effectiveness


Participate in work placement (work experience/SWL)


Work with Diverse People

PLUS additional Project Ready non-assessed units:

  1. ‘Groupness’ – working in a group
  2. Design thinking theory
  3. Enterprise & entrepreneurial skills

Get Involved

Project Ready is a full-year VET program suited to year 10 – 12 students. The program is delivered by a TAE-qualified trainer (known as the Project Ready facilitator), sourced by one of Victoria’s 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs).

With students gaining up to two units and levels one and two towards their VCE or VCAL, the program is an excellent VET option for students requiring additional support, confidence and direction to prepare for their future worlds of work. To find out more about how you can get involved, click on the links below:


Tested over four years throughout secondary schools in the Central Ranges, Project Ready is an effective, motivational and empowering VET option suited to year 10s. It can be implemented as a pre-CAL or Foundation VCAL program, or be delivered across the entire year level.

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Is your LLEN wanting to add value to your partner schools? Your LLEN is able to work with Central Ranges LLEN to deliver Project Ready to your schools – an inspiring, hands-on and empowering VET program that incorporates two Structured Workplace Learning placements per participating student.

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Are you confused about your future? Do you need some help with career planning? Do you want to develop some work readiness and wellbeing skills? Do you want to build your self-confidence and communication skills? Whether you want to undertake an apprenticeship, further training or get a job, Project Ready will help you get on track for a successful future.

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Parents love Project Ready. If your child is feeling a bit lost with school, lacking confidence or direction and has no idea what they want to do in the future, then Project Ready is the perfect VET option. Contact your child’s school to find out more.

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Project Ready facilitators are special people. Not only are they TAE-qualified, but they have specialist facilitation skills which enable them to deliver Project Ready in an inspiring, engaging and personalised way. We call it ‘relational pedagogy’ – the ability to connect with students, create a safe group space and invest in the students’ welfare.

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Volunteer mentors and university or tafe student placements are invaluable to Project Ready. If you love young people, are 18 years +, hold a current working with children card and would like to help local young people prepare for their futures, then we want to hear from you!

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