Learner Engagement A-Frame Program

Learn Local providers and Adult Education Institutions can apply for funding to improve engagement in training for hard-to-reach learners.


The Expression of Interest is open to all Learn Local providers:

  • registered with the ACFE Board for 2018

  • approved for a pre-accredited contract for 2018

  • with a current satisfactory Business Governance Status Assessment or a 2018 Skills First contract. 

  • For more information, see: Expression of Interest Guidelines below.

What is the Learner Engagement A-Frame Program?

The Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board is implementing the Learner Engagement A-Frame Program (LEAP) in 2018 to support Learn Local organisations to deliver programs that are a minimum of 5 Student Contact Hours (SCH) and fewer than 20 SCH, in order to engage hard-to-reach learners. 

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for the 2019 learner engagement a-frame program

The EOI will run from Tuesday, 7 August to Monday 10 September 2018.

For more information, including guidelines, eligibility requirements and application template, see: EOI memo (docx - 6.35mb)

LEAP's Objectives

LEAP's objectives are to:

  • provide Learn Local providers with the flexibility to facilitate improved engagement with pre-accredited training programs for adults who face barriers to training
  • provide engagement activities linked to pathways to further training or employment
  • strengthen pathway outcomes for learners facing barriers to training, by building the skills and capabilities necessary to participate in further pre-accredited programs or accredited education and/or employment.

LEAP 2018 Inclusion in A-Frame Exchange

Following feedback through the independent evaluation of the 2017 LEAP Pilot, a mechanism for disseminating information and best practice around student engagement has been established, via the A-Frame Exchange.

The A-frame Exchange is a secure website restricted to Learn Local providers registered with the ACFE Board. Please note that LEAP has now been included as a program category within the A-Frame Exchange.

Learn Local providers are encouraged to contribute to, and access, a shareable database of quality LEAP Course Plans from the 2017 Pilot, through the A-Frame Exchange, in order to share examples of successful engagement programs.

Access the A-Frame Exchange

Further information about the A-Frame Exchange, including conditions of use, is available through the General Memo, A-Frame Exchange (docx - 334.7kb)

What is the program duration?

The Board has established a separate funding pool of Student Contact Hours specifically for the LEAP initiative in 2018. LEAP will run to the end of 2018, and will involve the total delivery of up to 50,000 SCH. 

What funding is available?

Funding for the initiative is through a Student Contact Hour subsidy rate, consistent with the existing pre-accredited rate of $8.20 per SCH.  A Regional Loading of 20% will apply for delivery in designated postcodes.


Learn Local providers can apply for LEAP through the Expression of Interest rounds. 

The first Expression of Interest round opens on 6 February and closes on 9 March 2018.

It is intended that there will be two rounds of LEAP in the first half of 2018. 

Expression of interest categories

Learn Local providers are invited to submit an Expression of Interest outlining how their proposed programs will improve engagement in training for the following learner categories:

  • Disadvantaged and hard-to-reach learners
  • Learners with complex or multiple needs
  • Learners in thin markets and remote locations
  • Unemployed/under-employed learners, and vulnerable workers including those in industries in transition.

How to apply

Learn Local providers will need to complete and submit a Delivery Plan for the with an A-frame Course Plan for each course proposed for delivery, that clearly outlines:

  • the engagement strategy
  • the learner outcomes to be achieved 
  • the rationale for proposing reduced delivery hours as the way to engage learners who would otherwise experience difficulty in accessing a learning pathway.

Learn Local organisations will need to:

  1. Download and read the Learner Engagement A-Frame Program (LEAP) 2018 Expression of Interest Guidelines Round 1 (docx - 71.21kb)
  2. Complete a Delivery Plan (xlsx - 637.6kb) for your LEAP 2018 course(s)
  3. Complete an A-Frame Course Plan (doc - 244.5kb) for each course being offered (minimum 5 SCH per course)
  4. Submit to training.participation@edumail.vic.gov.au. by COB Friday 9 March. Late applications will not be accepted.