The Victorian Learn Local Awards are held annually by the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board to recognise the inspirational efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Learn Local education and training sector.
2016 Victorian Learn Local Awards
Nominations have now closed for the 2016 Victorian Learn Local Awards.
The Learn Local education and training sector plays a major role in the development of local individuals, local businesses and local communities throughout Victoria. It delivers the skills that support our economy and underpin the inclusiveness of our communities. The Awards are an opportunity to showcase this valuable work. Through the Awards we acknowledge the sector’s many contributions and celebrate the success of learners, practitioners and organisations across the State.
Finalists will be announced in August 2016.
In 2016, a prize fund of $50,000 will be shared across five award categories:
- The Rowena Allen Award – Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence - $5,000 (winner), $1,000 (finalists)
- Outstanding Practitioner - $5,000 (winner), $1,000 (finalists)
- Outstanding Pathways Program - $10,000 (winner), $1,000 (finalists)
- Excellence in Creating Local Solutions - $10,000 (winner), $1,000 (finalists)
- AMES Australia Diversity Innovation Award - $10,000 (winner), $1,000 (finalists)
There is also an acknowledgement category:
- Learn Local Legend – an acknowledgement given to a Learn Local organisation in each ACFE Regional Council area identified as an outstanding contributor to learners and the sector within their region. Organisations cannot nominate for this Award, one Legend is nominated by each ACFE Regional Council.
For more information regarding the Award categories see:
Key dates for the 2016 Awards
|11 April ||Nominations open|
|3 June ||Nominations close|
|June / July ||Judging including interview process|
|August ||Finalists announced|
|8 September ||Winners announced at Awards Presentation Dinner|
Learn Local Awards presentation dinner
This year’s winners will be announced at a presentation dinner which will take place in Melbourne on the evening of Thursday 8 September 2016.
Stay tuned to this website where further details on the event (including how to purchase tickets) will be available over the coming months.
Meet one of last year’s winners
Winner of the 2015 Outstanding Pre-accredited Learner Award, Karen Hokai, says that Learn Local changed her life.
“Somebody told me about the community house with little programs with no pressure,” explains Karen Hokai. “I came down to have a look and it changed my life.”
Just a few years ago, Karen, 59, was trapped in her own home, suffering panic attacks and depression.
“I was quite a mess,” admits Karen, who enrolled in a gardening course at East End Community House in Mildura.
“I loved it down here,” she explains. “There was a garden and no one was doing it.”
Karen soon took over co-ordinating the garden and now assists with teaching the gardening program. She has enrolled in Sunraysia TAFE doing a Certificate 3 /4 in Horticulture and is the driving force behind a fledgling social enterprise selling seedlings from the garden in a local shop.
“Coming down here has changed my life,” says Karen, who is Maori. “This was my way out. I still panic but I wake up now and have something to do. Before it was wake up and watch TV. I think now I can’t stay home, I have to go and water the plants.
“It’s not about me anymore. I have a garden to look after.”
Chris Howe, co-ordinator of East End Community House, says, “Karen has turned her life around like you would not believe. She is an inspiration to people around her, particularly the Polynesian community. ”
To read more about previous winners see, Previous Learn Local Award Winners.
For more information, please contact the Victorian Learn Local Awards team at email@example.com or 9637 2473.