Bacchus Marsh Community College
Nominated by ACFE Grampians Regional Council
The Bacchus Marsh Community College provides education, community development and support services for vulnerable community members including low-income learners, migrants, unemployed, people with disabilities and people with drug and alcohol issues.
Training offered includes certificates in early childhood education and care, individual support, floristry, and horticulture.
The college works closely with other Learn Local providers in the region to share information and as an RTO is able to partner to deliver accredited programs.
Partnerships include one with Melton Specialist School to deliver the Certificate II in Horticulture through traineeships to their clients; with Moorabool Shire Council for a range of activities and grant submissions; and with the Australian College of Higher Education as the RTO to deliver a VCAL program.
Carringbush Adult Education Centre
Nominated by ACFE North Western Metropolitan Regional Council
Carringbush Adult Education Centre is a Learn Local RTO specialising in language and literacy programs. It has a strong relationship with Melbourne Polytechnic and AMES to deliver federally-funded Adult Migrant English programs.
Carringbush also delivers the Reconnect program, Family Learning Partnership and Commonwealth-funded programs in partnership with other Learn Local organisations.
A member of the Learn Local Quality partnership program of 10 Learn Locals across the metropolitan area, Carringbush delivers quality pre-accredited programs primarily to the culturally and linguistically diverse community.
The Centre also develops professional learning tools and English as an Additional Language training videos for the sector and furthers the reach and extent of their offerings through successful Capacity and Innovation Fund projects.
Cloverdale Community College
Nominated by ACFE Barwon South West Regional Council
Cloverdale Community Centre works in partnership with Foundation 61, a residential rehabilitation centre located on the outskirts of Geelong, to deliver pre-accredited courses aimed at addressing the residents’ education needs.
The pre-accredited courses are co-designed to provide employability and vocational skills that value-add to other programs provided by Foundation 61 and provide a pathway into accredited vocational education and training.
Pre-accredited courses conducted in partnership with Foundation 61 include Become Job Ready, Introduction to Metalwork, Communication 101, Introduction to Horticulture and Introduction to Kitchen Operations.
Courses are tailored to engage and address the needs of people experiencing drug and alcohol issues and are innovatively designed to engage the local community in education and provide a pathway into an accredited course.
Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre
Nominated by ACFE Gippsland Regional Council
Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre (PNC) has engaged priority cohort learners in Paynesville and Bairnsdale over many years including in agribusiness, construction, and employment skills pre-accredited training pathways.
They commenced formal delivery from their ‘Aspire Precinct’ in Bairnsdale in 2018. This precinct is delivering hands-on training to learners in the building and retail areas.
PNC has developed strong engagement with learners using social media and has supported Learn Local organisations in East Gippsland, Wellington and South Gippsland.
PNC has engaged in a number of Strengthening Pathways for Adult Learners in Gippsland Community of Practice meetings over the past few years. They have mentored other Gippsland Learn Local organisations to implement the New Horizons project developed by the Centre.
Wellsprings for Women
Nominated by ACFE Southern Metropolitan Regional Council
Wellsprings for Women (based in Greater Dandenong) has significantly increased delivery of pre-accredited programs and enrolments over the past two years.
They are contracted for 15,240 student contact hours in 2019 (13,072 in 2018) as well as having Learner Engagement A-Frame Program funding to deliver programs.
Courses offered include Introduction to Community Services, the Enterprising CALD Women Education Program and Education for all Learning Abilities.
Wellsprings also delivers in the City of Casey. They have very strong links with local support networks and work collaboratively with other providers and Chisholm TAFE.
They participated on the Steering Committee for the Purse / SARA project (financial literacy for women) recognising that many of their learners were in need of financial literacy training.
Access Australia Group (Access Skills Training)
Nominated by ACFE Lodden Mallee Regional Council
Access Skills Training (AST) are a Learn Local RTO that operates a number of social enterprises including Peppergreen Farm, a renowned tourist destination, where pre-accredited pathway programs for horticulture, hospitality and industry are delivered.
AST has a high rate of successful student transitions into accredited training and employment, and exiting students are given great support to continue their career journey.
Peppergreen Farm operates an extremely successful catering enterprise, a café and a market garden and a retail outlet that attracts hundreds of visitors.
Access Skills Training deliver VET in schools and VCAL options to government and independent schools across Victoria and also deliver fee for service vocational and English language programs to industry (primarily Community Services) in SE Asia.
AST partner with Learn Locals across the region and have an extensive network of community and industry partners.
Nominated by ACFE Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council
Demonstrates leadership and capability to deliver innovative programs both in urban and outreach settings. Excels at partnering with other LLs to get great pathways for learners.
Engages with Industry to identify employer workforce needs to assist pathways to jobs for learners. Identifies the needs of learners and contextualises and delivers programs that specifically address the needs.
Provides appropriate advice and wrap around services to support students to succeed.
Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau
Nominated by ACFE Hume Regional Council
AWVRB services maintains stakeholder relationships and supports the communities in the cross border towns of Albury and Wodonga.
By provides Multicultural Settlement Services to assist newly arrived migrants and refugees. AWVRB are able to break down cultural barriers and delivery pre accredited training in pathways to volunteering and work.
Their very successful CAIF project, “Kitchen in the ‘Hood”, is taking training out into the community in a very innovative and practical way.
Has built strong partnerships with Wodonga TAFE other Learn Locals, schools and community organisations. While an example of a relatively small LL Organisation, it is certainly a dynamic one.