The inspirational efforts of Victoria’s adult community education learners, practitioners, volunteers and providers have been nominated for their achievements in this year’s Learn Local Awards, with three nominations from Mildura.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today congratulated the following local finalists who are nominated for a Learn Local Awards:
- Zoe Support Australia’s Childcare Volunteer Team has been nominated for the Victorian Learn Local Volunteer Team Award for their work transforming lives through community education with their childcare initiative. The project increases attendance at their programs, and young mothers gain confidence and skills to continue on to accredited study or employment.
Zoe Support Australia is an ACFE Board-funded Learn Local program provider operating in Mildura and was established to provide benevolent relief of social isolation, poverty, ill health, destitution and distress of pregnant women and new mothers aged 13-25 who lack support and resources.
- Georgia Benham, a learner from Zoe Support Australia has been nominated for the Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award A young mother, Georgia has found great success in both education and employment as a result of participating in the pre-accredited Learn Local programs offered at Zoe Support Australia. Georgia has completed her Certificate IV and Diploma in Community Service and recently gained employment in disability assistance at the local TAFE campus.
- Rebecca Cupitt, also a student at Zoe Support has been nominated for the Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award category. Rebecca has developed a strong understanding of foundational literacy and numeracy through her participation in ‘Bridging
Literacy & Numeracy’ and ‘Financial Literacy’. Rebecca has completed a Certificate IV in Community Services, a Certificate IV in Mental Health. And in 2019, Rebecca pursued tertiary education at LaTrobe University and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Human Services & Masters in Social Work.
There are 20 finalists across seven award categories:
- The Ro Allen Award – Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence
- Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award
- Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award
- Victorian Learn Local Volunteer Team Award
- Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Pathway Program Award
- Victorian Learn Local Creating Local Solutions Award
- Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award
This year’s Learn Local Awards will be hosted in an innovative virtual format later this year.
The awards are presented by the Adult Community and Further Education Board.
Award winners have the chance to share in $70,000 in prize money. The three organisation award category winners will each receive $10,000, while individual category winners will be awarded $5,000 and category finalists will receive $1,000. A new People’s Choice Awards has also been created for Program finalists, with winners to receive an Apple MacBook laptop.
Learn Local providers offer a unique, community-based learning option, with a focus on the individual needs of learners. Learn Local is particularly suited to adult learners of all ages looking to develop their digital, literacy, numeracy and employability skills for study, work and life.
There are 270 not-for-profit community organisations registered as Learn Locals across Victoria, which deliver training and programs to nearly 30,000 people each year.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Congratulations Georgia Benham and Rebecca Cupitt who have been recognised for their inspiring achievements in establishing pathways for themselves into further education and employment.”
“Well done to Zoe Support for this achievement. To scoop up three nominations across two categories in the Learn Local awards is testament to the wonderful work this organisation is doing for the community.”
“Education changes live, and I am so proud to be a part of a government that values and invests in education for everybody.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney:
“Although 2020 has been a challenging year for many Learn Local providers across the state, these awards recognise the work Learn Locals are doing transforming lives through community education.”
“Victoria leads Australia in providing accessible and tailored lifelong learning opportunities for adult learners seeking to develop the skills they need for work, further study, and to participate fully in the Victorian community.”