Boost for Lowan locals
Learn Local organisations in Lowan electorate have shared in a funding boost to provide training for ‘priority’ learners including early-school leavers, women seeking to re-enter the workforce and unemployed workers.
Labor Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said five Learn Local organisations had received $247,866 in the latest round of grants through the State Government’s Capacity and Innovation Fund.
This funding is designed across Lowan including: • $48,316 for Horsham’s Centre for Participation for a project to measure the impact of vocational pathways across a number of sectors. • $50,000 for Nhill Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre to establish a social enterprise café. • $49,550 for Hamilton’s Rural Industries Skill Training Centre to integrate mobile technology, in particular a range of educational apps and virtual reality, into a teaching and learning strategy. • $50,000 for Southern Grampians Adult Education for a project focusing on language literacy and numeracy, vocational skills and for programs career pathways for individuals seeking to be considered for employment in a planned World Heritage listing of The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape. • $50,000 for Casterton’s Old Courthouse Committee of Management in consultation with the Great South Coast Economic Migration Project to help people from Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to settle in Casterton.
Ms Pulford said the government was funding Learn Local providers to transform lives and support incredible programs.
“Learn Locals not only provide crucial educational programs, but they’re also a significant hub for local communities to get together and connect,” she said.
“Learn Locals provide Victorians with the opportunity to take their first step in training and on the path to a job – they are a crucial part of the training system and work at the grassroots of our communities,” Ms Pulford said.
About 60 projects have shared in $2.8-million across the Learn Local network.