Robin Scott MP has today urged Preston locals to get involved in supporting Adult Learners’ Week, a week that shines the spotlight on the work of Learn Local organisations right across Victoria.
Victoria is home to more than 300 Learn Local organisations – often small, community based learning hubs – which help thousands of Victorians each year develop new skills, pursue their goals of getting work or going on to further education.


The Andrews Labor Government recently announced that in 2016, the Government, through the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board, will increase the hourly pre-accredited subsidy rate from $7.19 per hour to $8.20 per hour.


This means investment in pre-accredited training will increase by nearly $2million to $17.8 million, up from $16 million this year.

Adult Learners’ Week culminates with the Learn Local Awards, which celebrate the best and brightest of the Learn Local sector, including finalists who have turned their lives around thanks to training at Learn Locals.

Robin Scott MP said Learn Local organisations help 50,000 people right across the State and play an important role in helping Preston residents purse their goals.


Learn Locals provide disadvantaged locals with the opportunity to engage in learning, something they might not be able to do without these grassroots organisations.

Adult Learners’ Week runs from September 1 to 8.


To find an Adult Learners’ Week event near you head to the website –


Quotes Attributable to LOCAL MP


“Learn Local organisations in Preston do a great job of helping locals develop new skills and pursue their learning goals.

“I’m proud that the Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Adult, Community and Further Education Board to increase the investment in pre-accredited training, a move that will help locals in PRESTON.”

Quotes Attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“This year’s Adult Learners’ Week is a great opportunity for Victorians to explore the learning offered at Learn Locals in their communities.”

“Pre-accredited training provides disadvantaged learners with opportunities to get off the treadmill of unemployment and back on the footpath to work or further study.”

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