And the winners are …

2015 Learn Local Award winners

This year’s winners were:

Outstanding Pre-accredited Learner – Karen Hokai, East End Community House

Karen Hokai is in her second year of the Spadework program at East End Community House. As a result of her work, the centre is doubling the size of its community garden. Karen is also the motivating force behind a new social enterprise that markets vegetable seedlings through local outlets.

Outstanding Practitioner – Karen Fleischer, Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre

Karen Fleischer is the Manager and a trainer for the Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre.  For the past 23 years, she has dedicated herself to the development and growth of the Centre into a respected brand in the East Gippsland Community.  Her work developing new programs ensures the Centre meet the changing needs of the community.

Outstanding Pathways Program – Creating Pathways into the Community, Shepparton Access

The Shepparton Access Creating Pathways into the Community program is an integrated approach designed to help learners achieve their goals. The team encourages each learner to create their own community inclusion plan, empowering them to make their own choices about the future.

Excellence in Creating Local Solutions – BizE Centre, YouthNow

YouthNow’s BizE Centre in Brimbank provides training for multicultural youth facing employment barriers. In a setting that is exactly like an entry level job, the Centre lets young people develop employability skills and confidence in the workplace, while assisting staff with real and meaningful work.

AMES Diversity Innovation Award – Job Ready, Lifestyle and Karen Language programs, Nhill Learning Centre

The Nhill Learning Centre’s Job Ready, Lifestyle and Karen Language programs are a practical, hands-on approach to cultural exchange. Their Karen language classes and Karen cooking classes have had an enormous impact on the community, with more than 50 local residents participating.

Learn Local for Business Award – Barker Trailers and Kyneton Community and Learning Centre

The Barker Trailers Workplace Literacy Program, developed with the Kyneton Community and Learning Centre, delivered Workplace English Language and Literacy training aimed at the highly specific language of engineering. Delivered over 40 hours on-site at Barker Trailers, it broke down cultural barriers, built a more open environment, and improved job satisfaction.

Learn Local Legends

  • Portland Workskills
  • Pines Learning
  • Buchan Neighbourhood House
  • Meredith Community Centre
  • Pangerang Community House
  • Kyneton Community and Learning Centre
  • Wyndham Community and Education Centre
  • Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre

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