Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane MP has today congratulated Mountain District Learning Centre who have been named a finalist in the Learn Local Legends category at this year’s Victorian Learn Local Awards.

The awards recognise the contribution of the more than 300 Learn Local organisations and the staff who work tirelessly to help others.

Mountain District Learning Centre delivers the Back to Work Reconnect Program providing additional wrap around support services for young people who have found themselves outside education and employment.

The unique customised approach aims to build confidence and explore pathways to education, TAFE or work. MDLC manages the “Community of practice” to support Learn Local organisations delivering VCAL/Youth programs and developed the Restart Program focussing on adults who did not achieve Year 10. It supports them to lift their numeracy and literacy skills to enhance their chances of better employment opportunities.

This year, two acknowledgement categories, the Learn Local Legend and Learn Local Volunteer Champion, will be awarded in addition to the five traditional awards categories:

  •  Pre-accredited Learners
  • Outstanding Practitioner
  • Outstanding Pathways Program
  • Excellence in Creating Local Solutions
  • AMES Australia Diversity Innovation.

In total there is $66,000 to be won across the seven categories, with the winners announced at this year’s Learn Local Awards to be held on Thursday, 31 August.

Mr Leane said the Andrews Labor Government is building a strong training system – ensuring all Victorians – regardless of age, postcode or background have access to high quality training.

Learn Locals have also benefited from the Government’s $20 million Reconnect Program, which provides wrap around support to help Victoria’s most disadvantaged learners into training.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane

“We have so many locals giving back to the community and these awards are a chance for us to show them our apperception.”

“Learn Locals make a huge difference in their community and it’s all thanks to organisations like Mountain District Learning Centre”

Quotes attributable to Minister of Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“Every Victorian, no matter their background or circumstances should have access to high quality training and that’s what our 300 plus Learn Local organisations offer.”