Member for Eastern metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane has today congratulated Mountain District Learning Centre who won in the Learn Local Legend 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.

With its motto “It’s never too late to learn”, the Mountain District Learning Centre provides adult education and skills improvement classes. This includes adult literacy, digital literacy, business administration, English as an Additional  Language classes and, in partnership with other providers, a “mix and match” of VCAL, VET and VCE programs tailored to meet individual needs. MDLC also hosts a wide variety of craft and discussion groups, personal enrichment courses and Home and Community Care Activity groups.

MDLC 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.

The Career in Community Care program is designed to ensure students make informed choices after firsthand experience visiting workplaces across Early Childhood Education, Individual Support, Aged Care and Disability. A Transition to Work program, for those living with an intellectual disability or with special learning needs, is provided to support accessing further education or work.

Shaun Leane MP 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 people like Janet Claringbold and the wonderful team at Mountain District Learning Centre.”

Quotes attributable to Minister of Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“I am constantly amazed by the work staff and volunteers do at our Learn Local organisations these awards are a chance for us to say thanks and to recognise all their hard work.”