Support for High Needs Learners

At times, people need some extra support and assistance to get back on the road to success. Young people in particular may need a helping hand to ensure positive outcomes.

Learn Locals are community-based organisations. The include not-for-profits and neighbourhood houses that deliver community-based training. They provide skills and training with a focus on individual needs and tailored programs for students, including older people, people with special needs and those from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The Andrews Labor Government has committed $200 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund for Community Services Funding to help deliver a broad range of support services to disadvantaged students.

A further $20 million has been provided for the Reconnect program which funds TAFEs and Learn Locals to provide wrap-around services, such as extra literacy, health and accommodation support.

In 2017, Reconnect will be expanded to an additional 3,300 students, helping them access the necessary support to engage in training.

Under Skills First, Learn Locals will be eligible to receive funding to build on their important role inproviding training to their local communities, through the extension of the Reconnect program.

For more information on the Reconnect program, see the Reconnect program page on the Department’s main website.

For information on how Skills First will benefit students, see the For Students page, refer to the  Skills First Resources page or contact us at