Mr Melhem:Victoria’s Learn Local sector gives Victorians of all walks of life the opportunity to access training that develops their core digital, literacy, numeracy, language and employability skills for study, work and life.

Last week was National Skills Week, an excellent opportunity to celebrate Victoria’s vocational education and training system through the Victorian Training Awards.

I had the pleasure of announcing two finalists in the community training provider of the year category—Cire Services and Williamstown Community and Education Centre. These two centres reflect the ingenuity, dedication and resilience in Victoria’s Learn Local sector.

Learn Local providers are a vital part of Victoria’s training sector. There are more than 250 providers across Victoria that deliver place-based and flexible training opportunities to meet the needs of their local communities and businesses.

With a wide range of pre-accredited training and other programs on offer, Learn Locals support thousands of Victorians each year to go on to further education, get a job or develop greater self-confidence.

It is incredible to see that the Andrews Labor government remains committed to investing in a quality adult learning sector—empowering Victorians to reach their potential.

I encourage all Victorians looking for employment or to improve their core skills to consider Victoria’s Learn Local sector.