Learn Local Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Learn Local Awards 2018 have now closed.

The Adult, Community and Further Education Board’s (ACFEB) 2018 Victorian Learn Local Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those within the Learn Local education and training network. If you know of a program, organisation or individual that truly represents the Learn Local spirit, nominate them now.

The awards are a great way to gain recognition for the hard work and achievements within the Learn Local education and training network.

This year there is a total prize pool of $72,000 across eight award categories.

2018 Awards Ceremony

The 2018 Victorian Learn Local Awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Thursday 30 August 2018 at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park.

About the Learn Local awards

Learn Local providers and educators play a significant role in developing local individuals, businesses and communities throughout Victoria.

Pre-accredited training supports the inclusiveness of local communities, and Victoria is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to develop the skills they need – and skills employers want. 

The Learn Local Awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate your organisation’s achievements, attract students and recognise staff and volunteers.

2018 award categories

Learner categories

  • The Ro Allen Award—Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence
  • Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award (new category)

Practitioner or volunteer categories

  • Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award
  • Victorian Learn Local Volunteer Team Award

Program categories

  • Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Pathway Program Award
  • Victorian Learn Local Creating Local Solutions Award
  • Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award

Acknowledgement category

  • Learn Local Legend

The Ro Allen Award - recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence

This award recognises the achievements of people aged between 25 and 65 years participating in ACFEB-funded pre-accredited programs at Learn Local providers across Victoria.

It will go to a learner that has established pathways for themselves into further education, employment or volunteer roles as a result of their participation in an ACFEB-funded pre-accredited program. The learner will have demonstrated a high level of engagement with their learning and be actively developing new skills and enhancing their knowledge.

The winner of this award will receive $5,000. The two finalists for this award will each receive $1,000.

Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award

This award recognises the achievements of people, aged between 18 and 24 years, participating in ACFEB-funded pre-accredited programs at Learn Local providers across Victoria.

It will go to a learner that has established pathways for themselves into further education, employment or volunteer roles as a result of their participation in an ACFEB-funded pre-accredited program. The learner will have demonstrated a high level of engagement with their learning and be actively developing new skills and enhancing their knowledge.

The winner of this award will receive $5,000. The two finalists for this award will each receive $1,000.

Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award

This award recognises the outstanding contribution that all Learn Local practitioners make to support learners in achieving outcomes.

It will go to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to the Learn Local network and an ability to engage people in learning. The individual will have strategies and techniques in place that enable them to provide or support quality training to meet different learner needs and establish pathways for them to further education or employment (paid or unpaid).

The winner of this award will receive $5,000. The two finalists for this award will each receive $1,000.

Victorian Learn Local Volunteer Team Award

This award will go to a group of volunteers who work in a Learn Local provider that is currently registered with ACFEB. It will go to a group of up to 10 people who have worked together on a common project, demonstrating that effective or consistent team effort can achieve greater outcomes.

The team must have had some involvement with at least one ACFEB-funded program or project that was delivered at the Learn Local provider between July 2017 and June 2018. There can be volunteers from other organisations on the team but at least two of the members must be from the Learn Local provider.

The winner of this award category will also be put forward by ACFEB for consideration as part of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards—teamwork category.

The winning team for this award will receive $5,000. The two finalist teams for this award will each receive $1,000.

Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Pathway Program Award

This award recognises the capacity of Learn Local programs to engage learners and create pathways to further education, training or employment.

The winning Learn Local program will be a pre-accredited or foundation program that can demonstrate the creation of pathways for individuals to engage successfully with learning and employment (paid or volunteer) as a result of their participation in the program. The program will demonstrate the calibre of programs that the Learn Local network delivers and its expertise in supporting learners to engage or re-engage with learning. 

The winner of this award will receive $10,000. The two finalists for this award will each receive $1,000.

Victorian Learn Local Creating Local Solutions Award

This award recognises the achievements of a Learn Local program or project that is creating solutions to local training needs.

This program or project will have been developed by a Learn Local provider in partnership with other organisations, business and industry or the community to provide solutions to local training needs. This program or project will demonstrate the use of different expertise, technology or program arrangements to create local solutions.

The winner of this award will receive $10,000. The two finalists for this award will each receive $1,000.

Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award

This award recognises a collaboration between a Learn Local provider and other sectors that has resulted in improved pathways from pre-accredited training to accredited training.

The approach taken by both parties to the collaboration will have resulted in them working together to achieve a shared goal and in some instances they may have had to change the way they usually work to ensure the success of the collaboration. There will be achievements and training impacts that have been made as a result of the collaboration.

The collaboration will demonstrate how Learn Local providers and other sectors can work together to improve pathway opportunities for learners.

The winner of this award will receive $10,000 (to be shared by both parties). The two finalists for this award will each receive $1,000 (to be shared by both parties).

Learn Local Legend

This acknowledgement will go to eight Learn Local providers, one in each region, that ACFEB and Regional Councils of Adult, Community and Further Education have identified as an outstanding regional contributor to improving participation in training by one or more of ACFEB’s priority learner cohorts.

The main areas ACFEB and Regional Councils will consider include: evidence of an appropriate growth in participation by one or more of the Board’s priority learner cohorts in ACFEB-funded programs or projects; evidence of innovative approaches to engaging one or more of the Board’s priority learner cohorts; and collaboration and knowledge sharing about with other Learn Local providers.

There will be eight Legends across Victoria (one per Regional Council) and each will receive $1,000.

Learn Local providers are not able to submit a nomination for this award category; a 2018 Legend will be selected by each Regional Council.

Award prizes

Each individual category winner in the learner categories will receive $5,000 and finalists receive $1,000 in prize money (two finalists per category).

Each practitioner or volunteer category winner will receive $5,000 and finalists receive $1,000 in prize money (two finalists per category).

Each program category winner will receive $10,000 and finalists receive $1,000 in prize money (two finalists per category).

Each acknowledgement category winner will receive $1,000 in prize money (eight winners per category).

Promotional materials

Learn local flyer (pdf - 205.36kb)

2018 Nominations

The ACFE Board is looking forward to hearing the great stories of accomplishment and success that are associated with Learn Locals.

With a total prize pool of $72,000 across eight award categories it’s an opportunity to demonstrate your organisation’s achievements, attract students and recognise staff and volunteers.

Nomination guidelines and forms

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