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Tatura woman named as education advisor

Tatura’s Jennifer Hippisley will head a state education advisory group after being elected as the chair of the Victorian Local Learning and Education Network Broker Network.

JENNA BISHOP December 18, 2013 9:15am

Goulburn Murray Local Learning and Employment Network chief executive Jennifer Hippisley has been named as the chair of the state network.

Goulburn Murray LLEN chief executive Ms Hippisley will step up to the role for the second time after having the position from 2009-11.

Ms Hippisley said as part of the Victorian LLEN, she would be working with other service providers to think about how they might do things better, differently and more innovatively to address skills shortages, children dropping out of school and youth unemployment.

‘‘Our job is to try and help the community come up with better ways to do things,’’ she said.

‘‘We need to educate the government and the politicians of the day about what’s best for the local communities.

‘‘The priorities will be to develop some really good communication tools that are consistent, that can be used across the whole state and then align with the national strategy so that everyone’s on the same page.

‘‘It’s really exciting, it will be leading the group and getting everyone to be on the same page so that we can have a really good input into what the structures might look like for the future.’’

It will be a change of pace for the secondary school teacher who formerly taught art design and theory and ceramics and textiles.

After working as a curriculum consultant and within the community sector, Ms Hippisley completed the Fairley Leadership Program.

‘‘It was my turning point,’’ she said.

‘‘It opens your eyes to the broader picture and issues. After that, I always wanted to have more of a holistic focus.’’

When the role with the GMLLEN came along, Ms Hippisley though it would be the perfect fit for her desire to help improve the education system.

‘‘It’s a job where you’re helping schools link with the community, link with the service clubs and link with business and industry to develop new ways to do things and cross-sectoral pastoralships,’’ she said.

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