Heyfield is recognised for learning initiative

HEYFIELD Community Resource Centre has become a Learn Local Legend.

It was honoured at the 2018 Learn Local Awards, recognised as one of eight leading providers across Victoria that increase awareness and participation in pre-accredition courses.

This year, the centre collaborated with Noweyung and Central Gippsland Health to deliver Kick Start Your Career in Health, a pre-accreditation course that involves fundamentals like job interview practice and digital skills, as well as short placements in various roles around Sale hospital.

The Kick Start program won the Creating Local Solutions Award on the night, and a graduate of last year’s pilot program, Aymee Schofield, was recognised with the Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award.

Coordinator Car oline Trevorrow said the centre offered short courses to help people in the community.

“Getting a course that’s over 100 contact hours is a lot of work, but to see the outcomes of people that haven’t had that confidence and watch them grow and develop through the course, and to see them want to continue in further study or get a job at the end of it makes it all worthwhile,” she said.

“We’ve been a Learn Local provider for a while.

“We saw a decline in the number of contact hours, but we’ve started to form partnerships with local community organisations and we’ve been able to help them help their students.

“We formed a relationship with George Gray, and Noweyung, a Learn Local provider in Bairnsdale, developed the Kick Start program, and they’re now looking at rolling that out across other Learn Local organisations.”

The strength of the course was its flexibility — while it has been successful in the health industry, next year Ms Trevorrow said there would be a similar course focusing on community services, as well as a short course in online skills.

“The basis of the Kick Start program is it’s a foundation, it gets people ready to go into a workplace or a course, so those building blocks can be applied to other areas,” she explained.

“You could do an introduction to horticulture, or hospitality — it’s just tweaking those building blocks to suit other industries.

“What we’re working on is how to build relationships with industry partners, so we can put students into their workplace for a week or so to get a feel of what it’s like — it’s putting learning into context.”

The centre’s term four plans include a digital marketing course with Thomas Crosbie, and a women’s wellness morning tea to support mental health for women in the community on October 26.