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The contribution of ACFE for a more inclusive Australia. Rowena Allen Chairperson Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board. ACFE’s role post-school. ACFE overview. 100,000 learners each year 8,000 staff and volunteers right across the state

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the contribution of acfe for a more inclusive australia

The contribution of ACFE for a more inclusive Australia

Rowena Allen

Chairperson

Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board

acfe overview
ACFE overview
  • 100,000 learners each year
  • 8,000 staff and volunteers right across the state
  • Over 320 not-for-profitLearn Local organisations
  • 20 years legislated function to support the sector
  • ACFE Board: 12 members
  • 8 Regional Offices that support 8 Regional Councils and Learn Local organisations
  • 2 Adult Education Institutions – CAE and AMES
types of training offered
Types of training offered

Pre-accredited training

Quality assured by ACFE Board

Increase confidence and skills

Programs of at least 20 hours

Pathways to further education and employment

20% of ACE delivery (hours) in this form of training

Accredited training

A range of courses offered under the Victorian Training Guarantee

Around 80% of ACE delivery (hours) in accredited training

2011 victorian families statement
2011 Victorian Families Statement

“Nothing is more important for the future prosperity of families than a good education, starting in early childhood.”

“By making it a priority and getting our education system right, the Government is making the best possible investment in our future…”

“In today’s world, having the right skills is increasingly important to securing and keeping a good job.”

a small but significant number of australians face multiple disadvantages
A small but significant number of Australians face multiple disadvantages

5% of persons aged 18-64 years reported having 3 or more areas of disadvantage, and they...

  • reported greater difficulty accessing services
  • were concentrated in disadvantaged locations

Social inclusion in Australia: How Australia is faring, 2010

where you live matters
Where you live matters...

Service access is more likely to be an issue

for those living outside major cities.

Only 18% of people in major cities reported difficulties compared to 28% in inner regional areas and 39% in other areas which includes outer regional and remote locations

Costs, waiting times or unavailability and difficulty accessing transport or the distance needed to travel were common issues cited.

a social inclusion approach
A social inclusion approach

What is social inclusion?

...a socially inclusive society is one where all individuals have the opportunities, capabilities and resources to participate fully in their community

  • An effective
  • social inclusion agenda uses a range of initiatives to:
  • develop people’s resources
  • address resourcing gaps
  • encourage participation to learn, work, engage, have a voice
  • invest in support systems & reform
  • measure and evaluate progress
outcomes from learn local pathways
Outcomes from Learn Local pathways

Learner Satisfaction

Increased Income

  • Ratings of course quality consistent at around 95 per cent
  • 83 per cent learners achieve their study goals
  • $8,316 – $12,829 for males (in 2007 dollars)
  • $1,336 – $2,205 for females (in 2007 dollars)

Labour Force improvement

Labour Force Transitions

  • Among unemployed ACE learners –
  • 68 per cent gained skills to get a job
  • 58 per cent obtained a job.
  • 63 per cent of females undertaking ACE study were in full time or part time employment compared to 52 per cent for women with less than ACE level education.
  • Among employed learners –
  • 73 per cent study helped with work tasks
  • 61 per cent taught them skills to help them get a better job
  • 47 per cent helped get a new job, and
  • 26 per cent study helped them to set up or run a business
what would the vet system look like without ace
What would the VET system look like without ACE?
  • Less support for hard to reach learners
  • More limited pathways from informal to informal learning
  • Fewer local learning options
  • Missed opportunities for locally developed training to meet local needs
inclusion through adult literacy training for improved work pathways
Inclusion through adult literacy training for improved work pathways

Mark’s pathway from Waverley Adult Literacy Program to employment

inclusion through industry partnerships
Inclusion through industry partnerships

Continuing Education Bendigo working with Care beyond Measure

inclusion through university pathways
Inclusion through university pathways

Partnerships between Learn Local organisations and universities

inclusion through community learning
Inclusion through community learning

GEST’s Renew and recycle Program helping local disadvantaged community members

challenges and opportunities for ace
Challenges and opportunities for ACE

Seeking greater recognition of the contribution of the sector in general, and to social and economic outcomes

Recognition  funding

Enhancing learner pathways more systematically than at present

Supporting Learn Local organisations to deliver in a training market