Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos has today congratulated Kensington Neighbourhood House who has been named a finalist in the Outstanding Pathways Program at this year’s Victorian Learn Local Awards.

The awards recognise the contribution of the more than 300 Learn Local organisations and the staff who work tirelessly to help others.

A partnership between Kensington Neighbourhood House (KNH) and Linfox is paving a smoother pathway from disadvantage and unemployment to training and jobs.

Obtaining a licence to operate a forklift can be challenging, and even more so if you are an early school leaver, a recently arrived migrant or refugee or have never attempted accredited training.

However, around 62 per cent of disadvantaged learners who have undertaken the pre-accredited training course – Prepare for Work in Warehousing – at KNH passed, obtained their Licence to Operate a Forklift Truck.

Before starting the KNH course, participants go to Linfox Operational Training to get familiar with machinery and practise forklift driving under supervision. The KNH course then goes through the theory and helps with enrolment in the accredited course.

Abdulrahman Moalim says the pre-accredited training with KNH made him feel confident to take on accredited training – Licence to Operate a Forklift Truck.

“Having this licence has opened another door of opportunity for me,” says Abdulrahman, who completed secondary schooling in Somalia but had no Australian qualifications.

This year, two acknowledgement categories, the Learn Local Legend and Learn Local Volunteer Champion, will be awarded in addition to the five traditional awards categories:

  • Pre-accredited Learners
  • Outstanding Practitioner
  • Outstanding Pathways Program
  • Excellence in Creating Local Solutions
  • AMES Australia Diversity Innovation.

In total there is $66,000 to be won across the seven categories, with the winners announced at this year’s Learn Local Awards to be held on Thursday, 31 August.

Jenny Mikakos MP said the Andrews Labor Government is building a strong training system – ensuring all Victorians – regardless of age, postcode or background have access to high quality training.

Learn Locals have also benefited from the Government’s $20 million Reconnect Program, which provides wrap around support to help Victoria’s most disadvantaged learners into training.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos

“We have so many locals giving back to the community and these awards are a chance for us to show them our appreciation.”

“Learn Locals make a huge difference in their community and it’s all thanks to Outstanding Pathways Programs at Kensington Neighbourhood House.”

Quotes attributable to Minister of Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“Every Victorian, no matter their background or circumstances should have access to high quality training and that’s what our 300 plus Learn Local organisations offer.”