Learners, teachers and community education providers in Wyndham can now nominate for the 2020 Victorian Learn Local Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement among the state’s Learn Local organisations.

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today urged people in Wyndham to nominate the inspirational learners and practitioners whose stories show how adult and community education continues to transform lives.

Learn Local providers make a huge difference in Wyndham by delivering adult community education programs. They help people who need extra support to turn their lives around with programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life.

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Learn Local sector by introducing 20 per cent regional loading for pre-accredited training delivery, which equates to a $2.6 million commitment over three years.

The Labor Government has also increased the subsidy rate for pre-accredited training delivered by Learn Locals by 26 per cent since January 2015.

The Learn Local Awards, established by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, are held annually to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individual programs and training providers within the Learn Local education and training sector.

There are seven award categories available for nomination, including the Ro Allen Award, the Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award, and the Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award.

Introduced this year are the People’s Choice Awards for finalists from Program categories, with the winners decided by online public voting.

Awards participants have the chance to share in $70,000.

Nominations close at midnight on 29 June. The awards will be held at a presentation dinner in Melbourne on 4 September.

To find out more about the Learn Local Awards or to nominate, visit education.vic.gov.au/learnlocalawards.

Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“The Learn Local Awards are the perfect opportunity to acknowledge learners and the providers who support them, as well as the contribution the Learn Local network makes to the Victorian community.

“The Andrews Labor Government is funding Learn Locals in Wyndham to transform lives and support the incredible programs they deliver.”