An adult learner who has totally turned her life around was among the winners at last night’s 2015 Learn Local Awards.
The awards - held at the end of Adult Learners’ Week – showcase the success stories of adult learners, outstanding practitioners and programs which are part of Victoria’s Learn Local sector.
Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert congratulated all winners and finalists, and said that pre-accredited training is crucial for providing Victorians with the opportunities to get off the treadmill of unemployment and back on to the footpath of success.
Each year, Victoria’s more than 300 Learn Local organisations help in excess of 50,000 Victorians develop new skills; pursue their goals of getting work or going on to further education.
This year’s winners - including pre-accredited learner Karen Hokai - shared in $50,000 of prize money.
A few years ago, Karen was trapped in her own home, suffering panic attacks and depression. She enrolled in a gardening course at East End Community House in Mildura and is now an inspiration to people around her, particularly the Polynesian community.
Karen is now studying at TAFE and runs the garden at East End Community House.
The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State through a range of initiatives including:
- In 2016, through the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board, increasing the hourly pre-accredited training subsidy rate from $7.19 per hour to $8.20 per hour. This means investment in pre-accredited training will increase by nearly $2 million
- The $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, which is investing in new facilities and supporting TAFEs to better support their local community
- The independent VET Funding Review, which is developing a more sustainable and stable funding model to better meet the skills needs of Victorians for the long-term
- Accepting all 19 recommendations of the Review of Quality Assurance in Victoria’s VET System to improve training quality and restore student and employer confidence
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert
“I congratulate all the winners and finalists on their achievements. They represent the hard work of our Learn Local sector.”
“Each of the winners demonstrates how quality training is supporting people from across our state to develop the skills they need to get off the treadmill of unemployment and onto the footpath of success.”
“We’re investing in skills and training and transforming Victoria into the Education State, to prepare Victorians for the jobs of the future.”
2015 Learn Local winners
Outstanding Pathways Program
Creating Pathways into the Community
Outstanding Pre-accredited Learner
East End Community House
AMES Diversity Innovation Award
Job Ready, Lifestyle and Karen Language programs
Nhill Neighbourhood House Learning Centre Inc
Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre
Excellence in Creating Local Solutions
Learn Local for Business
Kyneton Community and Learning Centre Inc and Barker Trailers Pty Ltd
Learn Local Legends
Buchan Neighbourhood House
Meredith Community Centre
Pangerang Community House
Kyneton Community and Learning Centre
Wyndham Community and Education Centre
Port Melbourne neighbourhood Centre
Reviewed 10 February 2021