Learn Local organisations in Preston are being encouraged to apply to share in $2 million in Andrews Labor Government funding.

The Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board has launched its latest Capacity and Innovation Funding Round with applications closing on December 15.

Robin Scott MP said funding is available for projects that build organisational capacity, drive innovation and contribute towards improvements in learner engagement, participation and attainment. Projects can last for up to 18 months.

Each year, Victoria’s more than 300 Learn Local organisations help in excess of 50,000 Victorians develop new skills, pursue their goals of getting work or going on to further education.

Robin Scott MP said without Learn Local organisations some Preston locals would struggle to get the skills they need to more into work or onto further study.

The Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State through a range of initiatives including:

  • Funding for pre-accredited training through the ACFE Board will increase by nearly $2 million in 2016;
  • The independent VET Funding Review, which is developing a more sustainable and stable funding model to better meet the skills needs of Victorians for the long-term and
  • The opening of Skills and Jobs Centres which are one-stop-shops for students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing support for retraining.

Successful applicants will be notified in April 2016, to find your nearest Learn Local, go to

Quotes attributable to ROBIN SCOTT MP

“I encourage all Learn Local Organisations in the Preston to apply for this funding so they can deliver even more programs to locals.”

“These grants will ensure Learn Local organisations in our region have the funding the need to help our community.”

Learn Locals in the Preston electorate do a fantastic job providing pre-accredited training which helps people from all backgrounds get the skills they need to find a job or move onto further training.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“Our investment in Learn Locals is very important. 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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