The Victorian State Government has committed $500,000 to a unique partnership between Chisholm TAFE in the Mornington Peninsula and “Learn Local” – not-for-profit community education providers.
Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, Gayle Tierney announced the initiative – which will also be delivered at SuniTAFE – will see additional support given to students to ensure they succeed in their Free TAFE course.
The ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) Board will work with the two TAFEs and their Learn Local partners to develop educational products and resources so that TAFE students have access to pre-accredited education support. The funding will also support Learn Locals to offer additional modules for students enrolled in TAFE, to build their literacy, numeracy, digital and employability skills.
“Learn Locals provide students with crucial skills to thrive at TAFE. This funding will ensure that learners from all backgrounds are provided with the education support to succeed in their Free TAFE course,” said Maria Peters, ACFE Board Chairperson.
Community Colleges Australia comment: “We applaud the Victorian Government’s commitment to funding partnerships between Learn Locals and Victorian TAFE. Supporting collaboration between public VET providers and the not-for-profit adult and community education providers is a win-win for everyone. We are keen that other states learn from this example, and that it be expanded to other locations in Victoria,” said Dr Don Perlgut, CEO of Community Colleges Australia.