NMLLEN LEADER LEAVES: Ron Broadhead and Anne Mansell after the retirement announcement this week.

LONG-TIME executive officer of Northern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network (NMLLEN), Ron Broadhead, will retire this year.

Mr Broadhead has been executive officer since 2008.

Anne Mansell, Chair of NMLLEN, announced Mr Broadhead’s impending retirement at the network board meeting on Monday.

“I would like to congratulate Ron on his dedication and service to education and training in the Mildura region,” Anne said.

“Ron’s career has been extensive since commencing as a young teacher at Mildura Technical School and he has certainly given his best in delivering opportunities for career pathways in his role here at Northern Mallee LLEN as Executive Officer. We all wish Ron, Deb and their family the very best for 2021.”

NMLLEN creates partnerships with schools, employers, local government and community organisations to strengthen pathways for young people leading to further education, training and employment.

Key partnerships NMLLEN has either created or played a major role in since 2008 include partnering with 12 local secondary schools and a successful application for $12.8 million to construct the Deakin and Riverside Trade Training Centres as part of the Mildura Region Trade Training Centre and a partnership with the Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson to link local industry and schools to better align school pathways and promote the local and regional employment opportunities.

During Mr Broadhead’s 12 years, NMLLEN also secured the Navigator contract to provide intensive case management support for young people disengaging from schools across the Mallee in partnership with Mildura Council and Murray Mallee LLEN.