Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, visited the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday to announce $7,000 for the centre to explore partnerships with neighbourhood centres in Ballan and Bacchus Marsh.

The funding will bring together the three Neighbourhood Centres to explore ways they can share training and resources for pre-accredited courses.

“Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre has an excellent record of providing quality accredited and pre-accredited courses to a range of learners in the Daylesford community and broader district,” Ms Thomas said.

“As well as providing courses that cater for a diverse range of interests, Neighbourhood Centres improve opportunities to those in our community who have experienced barriers to education to develop the skills they need to find work or further their education”.

“They are a lifeline for many disadvantaged learners in our community,” Ms Thomas said.

Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre will also use the funding to undertake research to better understand their learners and the skills that local industry needs.

“I’m pleased to see local organisations across the district partnering together to provide better opportunities for learners,” Ms Thomas said.

“The Andrews Government is not wasting a second making Victoria the Education State.”

“This funding will help make training more cost effective and accessible and helping to skill our workforce for jobs now and in the future,” Ms Thomas said.