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Finalists announced for 2017 Learn Local Awards

Victorians who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through community education will be recognised at 2017’s Victorian Learn Local Awards.

Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney announced the finalists for the awards, which recognise the contribution of the more than 300 Learn Local organisations offering training in Victoria.

Christie Sinclair, who studied at Banksia Gardens Community Services, Brandylee Muscat, a student in the World of Work program at Berry Street Morwell and Dandenong Neighbourhood House’s Michelle Hood are in the running for the Ro Allen Award, which recognises excellence in pre-accredited learning.

Other finalists include Learn Local teachers Craig Danswan of Campaspe College of Adult Education, Lachlan McKenzie from Jesuit Community College and Leanne Fitzgerald from Coonara Community House.

In 2017, two acknowledgement categories – the Learn Local Legend and Learn Local Volunteer Champion – will be awarded on top of the five traditional awards categories: Pre-accredited Learners, Outstanding Practitioner, Outstanding Pathways Program, Excellence in Creating Local Solutions and AMES Australia Diversity Innovation.

In total, there is $66,000 to be won across the seven categories, with the winners announced at 2017’s Learn Local Awards to be held on 31 August 2017.

The Victorian Government is building a strong training system, ensuring all Victorians – regardless of age, postcode or background – have access to high quality training.

Learn Locals make a huge difference in their communities. They help people who need extra support turn their lives around with programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Learn Locals have also benefited from the Government’s $20 million Reconnect Program, which provides wrap around support to help Victoria’s most disadvantaged learners access training.

Source: Vic Government

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