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Learn Local

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bestchance is a proud member of Learn Local. Learn Local organisations across Victoria offer a range of education and training programs designed to meet your learning needs. Learn Locals are friendly and welcoming, with qualified teachers who are focused on helping you succeed.

The Learn Local sector—also known as the Adult Community Education (ACE) sector—plays a vital role in making sure that all Victorians have an opportunity to access education and training.

The Learn Local sector in Victoria is made up of diverse, independent, community-owned and managed not-for-profit organisations registered with and funded through the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board.

The sector attracts around 75,000 students to vocational training each year (including government-funded and fee-for-service places). Some have had limited access to prior education, have experienced disadvantage or have faced barriers in learning. Their needs may not be met by more formal education institutions. Learn Local students include young people who are disengaged from education, people with a disability, Indigenous Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people, unemployed people and vulnerable workers. Adults wanting to improve their literacy, numeracy and digital literacy often use Learn Local organisations to enter or re-enter learning.

Learn Local organisations offer pre-accredited training (initial vocational training courses that provide a pathway to work or accredited training) and accredited training (courses that provide competencies or full qualifications that are nationally recognised). Pre-accredited training courses are government-funded and purchased by the ACFE Board. Organisations delivering accredited training participate in the contestable training market in the same way as TAFEs and private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). In 2012, the Learn Local sector delivered 14 per cent of publicly funded Victorian accredited training.

Learn Local organisations play a particularly strong role in their local communities. More than two-thirds of the 300-plus registered in Victoria are Neighbourhood and Community Houses. About half are in regional areas. Learn Local organisations deliver a wide range of services to local communities, including recreation and leisure services, community development activities, childcare and health services, and employment services and programs. The diversity of services and support accessible from a single location or network makes many Learn Locals examples of ‘Community Service Centres’. This is a key strength to be supported. This community focus means that many people first experience formal training options and pathways through the accessible community services and activities offered by Learn Local organisations.

Learn Local organisations can offer an informal and inclusive learning environment for people who have had negative educational experiences in the past. Courses offered by these organisations are often complemented by other services (such as childcare, family support and job placement services) that support the wellbeing of learners and encourage them to continue with their education and training.

The Learn Local sector is critical to building an accessible and high-quality education and training system in Victoria. Learn Local organisations are recognised as having specialist knowledge and experience and strong community focus. This enables them to reach out and engage Victorians who face substantial barriers to accessing education and training and who might otherwise miss out on opportunities to improve their education, skills and prospects in life.

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Learn Local programs offered by bestchance Training:

Preparation for employment:

This free 4 day program gives participants the skills to apply for employment. The skills and outcomes participants can expect to develop by attending this program include:

  • Compilation of a professional resume and letter of application
  • Addressing job selection criteria
  • Development of a portfolio of experience, training, qualifications, achievements, and referees.
  • Setting personal and career goals
  • Identifying jobs fitting to skill set
  • Communicating effectively in a group environment
  • How to make enquires about a potential position
  • Development of interview skills through role play
  • Usage of computers and OH&S practices when working with computers
  • How to follow workplace safety procedures and Identify potential workplace hazards
  • How to report OH&S issues

Digital Literacy:

This free 1 day program gives participants, with little or limited knowledge, the necessary skills to undertake basic computers tasks such as email, calendar management, utilisation of search engines, developing documents, spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations.