LLENS

Want to add value to your local schools? Project Ready is hands-on work readiness and personal development VET course developed by Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network. It includes two SWL placements per participating student.

First delivered in 2017 to assist potential early school leavers become re-engaged in their education, it has since 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. 

Project Ready is now available as 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.

Let's get LLEN-volved!

Your LLEN is able to work with Central Ranges LLEN to offer Project Ready (Cert II in Active Volunteering) to your partner schools. 

CRLLEN will offer:

  • Promotional materials to distribute to your schools and students
  • Assistance with recruiting a suitably qualified facilitator (see operating Model 1 & 2)
  • Training to LLEN staff in how to run Project Ready in your region
  • Copies of the facilitator and student manuals, plus any additional resources needed to deliver the program
  • Project Ready facilitator training for your trainers/teachers
  • Assistance with purchasing agreements between your LLEN and school(s)
  • Assistance with insurance

Support from the School

Project Ready is delivered during school hours by the Project Ready facilitator with some involvement from schools.

  • Principal or Assistant Principal (eg. a decision maker who has authority to make decisions in relation to Project Ready within the school). 
  • School Point of Contact (eg. a teacher who is able to assist the facilitator with questions, referrals and photocopying where required). 
  • A support teacher to be in the room with the Facilitator and students (Model 2). A position description is available for this role. 
  • If the school is unable to provide a support teacher, the LLEN will source volunteer mentors with WWCC and who meet all other child safe and duty of care requirements. 

Careers teacher and wellbeing coordinator to be involved in selected sessions and briefings as requested by the facilitator. 

Photocopying (minimal requirement)

Operating & Funding Models

There must be a minimum of 15 students enrolled per Project Ready group.

  • Program is delivered off school grounds by a qualified Project Ready facilitator with TAE. Facilitators are not necessarily VIT registered teachers.
  • Volunteer adult mentors are sourced by the LLEN to support the program
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  • All program costs are paid for by the LLEN (except photocopying)
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  • The LLEN supports the facilitator, provision of guest speakers, SWL and industry tours.
  • Annual fee your LLEN charges your school: band funding $819* plus % of SRP $1,070* = $1,889 per per student. This fee can be paid up front or in two instalments in April and August.
  • IVET annual auspicing fee paid by the school directly to IVET: $215* per student.
  • Annual fee paid from your LLEN to CRLLEN: $150* per student.
  • Program is delivered off school grounds by a qualified Project Ready facilitator with TAE. Facilitators are not necessarily VIT registered teachers.
  • The school supplies an appropriate support teacher (click on the support teacher position description to learn more about the role of support teachers).

  • All program costs are paid for by the LLEN (except photocopying)
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  • The LLEN supports the facilitator, provision of guest speakers, SWL and industry tours.
  • Annual fee your LLEN charges your school: band funding $819* plus % of SRP $750* = $1,569 per student. This fee can be paid up front or in two instalments in April and August.
  • AAG annual auspicing fee paid by the school directly to AAG: $215* per student.
  • Annual fee paid from your LLEN to CRLLEN: $150* per student.
  • Program is delivered on or off school grounds by the school’s VIT registered teacher, accredited in Project Ready.
  • All program costs are paid for by the school
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  • The LLEN supports the organisation of guest speakers, SWL and industry tours.
  • Annual fee your LLEN charges the school: $300* per student.
  • IVET annual auspicing fee paid by the school directly to IVET: $215* per student.
  • Annual fee paid from your LLEN to CRLLEN: $150* per studen

*Figures based on 2021. Band funding, SRP and AAG fees may change from year to year. LLEN fees will be amended accordingly.

Indicative Budget

The below table describes the indicative income and expenditure your LLEN can expect.

Income (based on 15 students) 
$28,335

Expenses (based on 15 students)

CRLLEN fee
-$2,250

Excursions
-$2,000

Facilitator fees
-$18,000 (paid $70/hr)

Venue hire
-$2,500

Mentor Recruitment
-$500

Graduation
-$1,000

Facilitator materials 
-$1,000 (catering, entertainment)

SURPLUS/CONTINGENCY
$1,085

Income (based on 15 students)
$23,535
Expenses (based on 15 students)

CRLLEN fee
-$2,250

Excursions
-$2,000

Facilitator fees
-$17,000

Venue hire
-$2,500

Graduation
-$1,000

Facilitator materials
-$1,000

SURPLUS/CONTINGENCY
-$2,250

Income (based on 15 students)
$4,500

Expenses (based on 15 students)

CRLLEN fee
-$2,250

SURPLUS/CONTINGENCY
$2,250

How it works

Project Ready is ideally suited to Year 10 students. Some schools use Project Ready as a Foundation VCAL or preCAL program. The program can also be offered to year 11 and 12 students.

With support from CRLLEN, your LLEN is responsible for recruiting a suitable facilitator. If your school is located near the Central Ranges, one of CRLLEN’s facilitators may wish to undertake the role. 

It is expected that a representative from your LLEN will support the facilitator to arrange guest speakers, excursions, volunteer tours, SWL and industry tours. This person will also visit sessions from time to time. This equates to approximately three to four hours per week. More time may be required while the program is being set-up within a school.

A representative from your office will also need to be responsible for invoicing your LLEN’s schools (see below).

The $150 fee per student paid to CRLLEN is to cover the costs of the program including:

  • The Project Ready Facilitator’s Academy: participation by your facilitators, mentors and delivering teachers in CRLLEN funded professional development and training opportunities 
  • Development and ongoing compliance of program materials and resources.
  • Graphic design and printing – all manuals and student journals supplied to your LLEN.
  • Quality assurance: Program monitoring and support

Models 1 & 2

Students, facilitators and mentors will be insured by the LLEN and for all Project Ready activities. LLEN insurance covers students at the off-site training venue and for all excursions. Students are covered by public liability insurance to the value of $20 million provided by VMIA. Here is a link to the policy.

Models 3

Students are not covered by LLEN insurance. The school will need to ensure appropriate insurance.

Models 1 & 2

Excursions are arranged by your LLEN and facilitator, and funded by your LLEN. A risk matrix and permission form template are available for your LLEN to use to meet duty of care responsibilities.

Models 3

Excursions are arranged and funded by the school. Your LLEN can choose to assist the school with the organisation of excursions.

Your LLEN will be responsible for invoicing your schools on a half-yearly basis. Invoices should be issued in April and August with a 1% discount offered if the full amount is paid in April.

Your LLEN is responsible for recruiting a suitably qualified facilitator with attributes that meet the requirements outlined in the facilitator position description.

CRLLEN has produced three position descriptions:

  1. Project Ready facilitator position description
  2. Project Ready support teacher position description
  3. Project Ready volunteer mentor position description

These position descriptions can be adapted by your LLEN as needed.

Teachers, mentors and facilitators who will be involved in delivering Project Ready are required to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to protect the intellectual property of the program.

A minimum of 15 students must be enrolled in Project Ready (Cert II in Active Volunteering) for the course to proceed. Schools may consider using VET Cluster opportunities to ensure minimum numbers. 

Students must turn 15 years by 27 April in the year they are undertaking the course in order to participate. Students must also be 15 years old in order to undertake SWL.

Project Ready (Cert II in Active Volunteering) involves 187 hours and spans the school year, including: 

  • 20 hours volunteering / community project (SWL)

  • 10-30 hours of work placement (SWL block placement or day 1 per week)

It is recommended that schools timetable Project Ready. (Cert II in Active Volunteering) as a weekly VET subject held on the school’s VET day. Some schools may wish for all year 10s to do the program, and some may utilise it as a Foundation VCAL or pre-CAL program.

Work placement, workshops and excursions may require students to take additional time away from school.

The program incorporates two SWL placements for every participating student:

  • 20 hours of volunteering or a group community project as part of the unit ‘Be an Effective Volunteer’
  • 10 – 30 hours of work placement as part of the unit ‘Participate in Work Placement’

(For Model 1 & 2)

It is recommended that the school and LLEN work together to find a venue outside the school, such as a boardroom, community room or large office space. This can help simulate an adult working environment and support community and industry involvement. 

Some Project Ready facilitators do not hold Permission To Teach, so an off-school venue is required, ideally within walking distance from the school. 

Learn out more!

If you would like to find out more about the program, please contact your Local Learning Employment Network (LLEN) or Lena Way, our program creator.