2015 Learn Local Awards.
Officially opening the nominations during a visit to Diamond Valley Learning Centre today, Minister for Training
and Skills, Steve Herbert, said the awards highlighted the important role Learn Local organisations play in
supporting young people and adults to develop the skills they needed to get a job or further their education.
Mr Herbert was joined by Member for Eltham, Vicki Ward, who praised Diamond Valley Learning Centre student
Jessica McKenzie, winner of the award for most outstanding learner in 2011. Jessica is now studying at university
and mentors students at the centre.
The centre also has a strong floristry program and last year floristry students designed and made the floral
arrangements for the Learn Local Awards ceremony.
This year there are seven categories at the Learn Local Awards, including the new AMES Diversity Innovation
Award, with a total prize pool of $50,000.
Nominations close on 12 June 2015. To find out more or to nominate someone, visit learnlocal.org.au.
Learn Local Award categories include outstanding pre-accredited learner, outstanding practitioner, outstanding
pathways program, excellence in creating local solutions and the AMES Diversity Innovation Award.
There are also acknowledgement awards, which include the Learn Local Legend and the Learn Local for Business
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert
“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting learners of all ages and backgrounds to access quality training.”
“Learn Locals help people return to study and gain a qualification. They help students get the skills they need for
the job they want.”
“These awards celebrate the achievements of learners, teachers and organisations from across the state. Anyone
who has reached training goals at a Learn Local should nominate, and share their story to inspire others.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eltham, Vicki Ward
“As a former member of the Diamond Valley Learning Centre Committee of Management from 2011 to February
this year, I’ve long been a strong supporter of the Learn Local Awards.”
“Learn Local organisations have a key role in providing quality training in locations close to home that have a
proven track record in engaging with people who have traditionally faced barriers to education.”
“In this area we have some fantastic Learn Local organisations who I encourage to apply for one of these great
Quotes attributable to Adult, Community and Further Education Board chair, Rowena Allen
“More than 300 Learn Local organisations across the state offer a range of opportunities for Victorians to develop
the skills they need to get a job, participate in community life or further their education.”