Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall has announced more than 80 Learn Local organisations will share in $3.78 million as part of Round 2 of the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Capacity and Innovation Grants.
Mr Hall made the announcement at the Moe Life Skills Community Centre today. The group is a recipient of two of the grants.
“Adult Community Education plays a vital role in Victoria’s education and training system and in achieving our social and economic success,” Mr Hall said.
“In the coming days more than 80 Learn Local organisations across Victoria will be notified of their success in gaining funding worth $3.78 million.”
The ACFE Capacity and Innovation Grants help Learn Local organisations, including neighbourhood and community houses, develop new programs to boost participation and learning.
“I am particularly pleased today to be announcing grants to a local organisation, Moe Life Skills, which is receiving $127,506 for two innovative and exciting projects,” Mr Hall said.
“The first is a project where people with a disability learn real skills in hospitality through setting up and running a coffee bar at Narracan Garden in Newborough.
“The cafe will be run in partnership with Narracan Garden Aged Care Facility and MECRUS – an Australian owned company that supports and retrains staff and managers to work productively.
“Their second project will see the development of new curriculum resources and assessment strategies to support learners attaining new skills at the Baw Baw and Latrobe pre-accredited network of 11 Learn Local organisations.
“Today’s announcement comes hot on the heels of the 2011 Victorian Learn Local Awards where Moe Life Skills won an award for Outstanding Pre-accredited Program for a theatre program designed for adults with an intellectual disability.
“There are great projects up and running in Moe that seek to improve the employment prospects for people who need support.
“As a knowledge-driven economy, Victoria will increasingly need an inclusive workforce with higher levels of qualifications and skills.”