A young Eltham man who has battled anxiety and turned his life around through training has been recognised at this year’s Learn Local Awards – receiving the prize for Pre-Accredited Learner Excellence.
Matthew Agostinelli has studied at Diamond Valley Learning Centre in Greensborough for four years. At first, it was hard for Matt to even walk through the door but, through hard work, persistence and courage, he has progressively won his battle to manage his anxiety, completing a number of courses.
Matthew, who now volunteers at the centre, was one of five winners at the awards, which recognise the contribution to training made by Victoria’s more than 300 Learn Locals. You can read more about Matt here.
Other winners included Keysborough Learning Centre’s Marj Sjostrom, who picked up the prize for outstanding practitioner, as well as BA@Wyndham, a program at Wyndham Community and Education Centre which is helping students who were previously disengaged from schooling to access higher education.
2016 LEARN LOCAL AWARDS WINNERS
Rowena Allen Award – Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence
Matthew Agostinelli – Diamond Valley Learning Centre
Marj Sjostrom – Keysborough Learning Centre
Excellence in Creating Local Solutions
BA@Wyndham – Wyndham Community and Education Centre
Outstanding Pathways Program
Speaking Out – Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre
AMES Australia Diversity Innovation
CALD Education & Employment Pathways – Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre
Learn Local Legends
ACFE North Western Metropolitan Regional Council – Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services
ACFE Loddon Mallee Regional Council – Macedon Ranges Further Education
ACFE Southern Metropolitan Regional Council – Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre
ACFE Gippsland Regional Council – Gippsland Employment Skills Training
ACFE Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council – Vermont South Community House
ACFE Hume Regional Council – Myrtleford Neighbourhood Centre
ACFE Grampians Regional Council – Nhill Learning Centre
ACFE Barwon South Western Regional Council – Bellarine Living & Learning Centre