$2 Million Boost For Victoria’s Learn Locals

The Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board today launched its latest Capacity and Innovation Funding Round with applications closing on December 15.

Funding is available for projects that build organisational capacity, drive innovation and contribute towards improvements in learner engagement, participation and attainment. Projects can last for up to 18 months.

This is the eighth round of the Capacity and Innovation Fund, with more than $20 million distributed through this fund to Victoria’s more than 300 Learn Local Organisations.

Among projects funded in the last round was $141, 850 for Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre for a project linking the land and 21st century learning and $196,344 for Wimmera HUB to build training in the community.

Each year, Victoria’s 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.

The Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State through a range of initiatives including:

  • Funding for pre-accredited training through the ACFE Board will increase by nearly $2 million in 2016:
  • 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 and;
  • The opening of Skills and Jobs Centres which are one-stop-shops for students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing support for retraining.

Successful applicants will be notified in April 2016, to find your nearest Learn Local, go to learnlocal.org.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“Our investment in Learn Locals is very important. Pre-accredited training provides disadvantaged learners with opportunities to get off the treadmill of unemployment and back on the footpath to work or further study.”

“We’re investing in skills and training and transforming Victoria into the Education State, to prepare Victorians for the jobs of the future.”

Quotes attributable to Acting ACFE Board Chair Ron Wilson

On behalf of the ACFE Board, I encourage Learn Local Organisations to participate in this significant program.”