A Learn Local provider in Kyneton has shared in a $2.8 million funding boost to deliver training for priority learners including early school leavers, women seeking to re-enter the workforce and unemployed workers, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that Kyneton Community and Learning Centre received $42, 910 in the latest round of grants through the Capacity and Innovation Fund.

This funding will help deliver the Uncovering EAL support needs program, which will identify English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support for refugees and new migrants in the Macedon Ranges.

The program focuses on uncovering and identifying solutions to the need for EAL and LLN support for refugees and new migrants in the region.

Around 60 projects have shared in $2.8 million across the Learn Local network. Programs include helping newly arrived migrants find employment pathways as well as training and mentoring programs to help women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds start their own microbusinesses.

The Capacity and Innovation Fund (CAIF) provides funding for Learn Local providers to develop and implement projects designed to meet learner needs and to increase participation in pre-accredited training programs.

The Labor Government has invested $5 million to boost language, literacy and numeracy training at Learn Local providers.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“We are funding this program at Kyneton Community & Learning Centre to help transform lives.” “Learn Locals not only provide crucial educational programs, but they’re also a great place for locals to get together and connect.”

Quotes Attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney

“Learn Locals provide Victorians with the opportunity to take their first step in training and on the path to a job – they are a crucial part of the training system and work at the grassroots of our communities.”

 Quotes attributable to Manager and Programs Coordinator at Kyneton Community House Claire Rawlinson “This money will go a long way towards us really addressing the needs of new, and often disenfranchised, residents needing English language support in our region, as well as building relevant programs available for their direct benefit in the very near future.”