About Learn Local

How can Learn Local providers help you?

Learn Local providers can help you get the skills you need for study, work and life. They offer a range of training programs that can help you return to study, improve your digital, reading, writing and maths skills, gain a qualification, get a job, change careers or learn something new.

With over 250 Learn Local providers across Victoria, you can access training in your community, close to where you live or work.

Learn Local providers are not-for-profit community organisations.  They are registered and funded by the Victorian Government, via the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board, to deliver pre-accredited training and programs.

Learn Local providers are friendly and welcoming, with highly capable and professional trainers who are focused on helping you achieve your goals. They can help you to build the confidence to get a job or go on to further education, whether at a TAFE or other training provider.

Find a Learn Local provider in your community.

What and how can you learn?

What is pre-accredited training?

Learn Local providers deliver ACFE Board funded pre-accredited training and other programs in a variety of learning topics.  Pre-accredited training includes short courses in communication, study skills, job skills, getting ready to go back to work, reading and writing, maths, English and computers as well as preparation for various industries such as horticulture, childcare or hospitality.

Pre-accredited training is flexible and can be tailored specifically to suit your needs and schedule. You can learn in a classroom or online, at the pace that you choose. Class sizes are often small and Learn Local trainers have an informal, yet professional, style of teaching.

There are many benefits to undertaking pre-accredited training at a Learn Local provider such as making new friends, improving your communication or preparing for further learning or work. Completing pre-accredited training can also help you to get new skills that you need for your job or even change careers.

Learn Local providers work with learners and businesses to tailor their programs to individual needs and goals.

Find out more about what you can learn at a Learn Local provider.

How and when can you enrol?

Enrolment requirements vary between Learn Local providers. You might need to enrol in person, or be able to enrol over the phone, online or by mail. You can usually enrol in pre-accredited training anytime from February to November.

Contact the Learn Local provider where you want to enrol for more information.

Fees and costs

Pre-accredited training is government subsidised and is offered at no or low cost to eligible Victorian adults. The course fees you will pay depend on the fees set by your Learn Local provider. Contact your Learn Local provider to get all the information you need about course fees and costs.

Learn Local Awards

The Victorian Learn Local Awards are held annually by the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board to recognise the inspirational efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Learn Local sector. Find out more about the Awards on the Victorian Government website: Learn Local Awards.

Other services

Some Learn Local providers also deliver personal development programs, as well as other services such as accredited training, VCE and VCAL, career advice, childcare and disability support services, and some are registered schools.

These aspects of the business of Learn Local providers are not funded through the Adult, Community and Further Education Board but complement their delivery of pre-accredited training and other programs.

To find out more about these services, contact a Learn Local provider in your community.

Accredited training

Accredited training is delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) right across Australia, including TAFEs, private RTOs and community RTOs (these community RTOs are sometimes also Learn Local providers). Accredited training provides learners with the skills and knowledge that lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Accredited qualifications, such as the Certificate III in Community Services Work or the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management, deliver learners the skills and knowledge required to work in a broad range of occupations and industries.

The Victorian Skills Gateway is a one-stop-shop of Victorian vocational education and training to help you find a nationally recognised course (accredited training) suitable for you, see: Victorian Skills Gateway.


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