Life-long learning in Tasmania
Tasmanian Life Long Learning Inc (TL3) is a not for profit organisation committed to supporting disengaged and disadvantaged Tasmanians to develop and enhance their skills so that they can engage in activities that lead to life-long learning.
In the tiny, remote rural community of Yolla in north western Tasmania, TL3, through the assistance of a grant for $2,800 from FRRR, has helped to facilitate a partnership between Yolla District School and the Waratah-Wynyard Council. The "Clean & Green" program seeks to keep students engaged to Years 11 and 12, or provide them with assessment against units of competence from accredited Certificate I and II qualifications.
Yolla District School is in a low socio-economic region of Tasmania. A number of students have low aspirations and are at risk of disconnecting from their education. The FRRR grant has enabled Yolla District School to increase the skills and safety of both students and teachers through this Program. The grant contributed to both the cost of new tools and safety equipment utilised under the program, and for subsidising the costs of assessment of units of competency for White Card training (the construction industry’s safety induction qualification that is required to work on any construction site), as well as instruction in basic OH&S, chainsaws, general construction and chemical handling.
Program participants have now completed training in the correct use of plant and equipment through these training courses, providing them with essential skills to enter the construction industry. This program has assisted them with confidence in their ability to become valued and contributory members of their community, and the practical work experience they acquired will hopefully lead to future employment opportunities.
The Clean & Green Program has been identified as a pilot in best practice, particularly to other Councils and promoted as such to the expanded region. Brett Williams from TL3 has initiated discussions with Central Coast Council about running a similar program in their municipality, and will discuss with other Councils as opportunities present themselves. This FRRR grant could therefore potentially assist the achievement of much broader outcomes over time.