Boost for Lowan lo­cals

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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.

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