$900,000 to support the delivery of quality programs and services at Learn Locals

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling today announced 271 Learn Local organisations will benefit from $900,000 in Training Delivery Support Grants to assist young and vulnerable learners across Victoria.

Speaking at BRACE Education and Employment Limited in Ballarat, Mr Wakeling said the money would support the delivery of programs and services.

“These grants will allow 271 Learn Locals to enhance the great work they do in their local communities.”

The providers will use the money to purchase teaching and learning resources, to aid the delivery of programs and services to young and vulnerable learners that may face barriers to participation in skills training.

“The Victorian Coalition Government believes it’s crucial that those with limited access to learning opportunities – early school leavers, unemployed, low skilled workers and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) – have the chance to access quality education,” Mr Wakeling said.

More vulnerable students facing barriers to an education are undertaking skills training since the Coalition Government came to office in 2010:

 Indigenous students up 35 per cent;

 Disabled students up 49 per cent;

 CALD students up 95 per cent; and

 Unemployed students up 116 per cent.

“Learn Locals play an important role in skills training, providing $14 million in pre-accredited vocational training and $71 million in accredited training in 2013,” Mr Wakeling said.

“The funding announced today is in addition to the Napthine Government’s commitment to spend almost $5 billion on vocational education and training over the next four years.

“This investment reflects the vital role skills-based training plays in the Coalition Government’s economic strategy to build a better Victoria,” Mr Wakeling said.