12th July 2017

Renewing adult education in Victoria

Project Scope

The Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board’s role is to plan and promote adult learning, allocate resources, develop policies, and advise the Minister for Training and Skills on matters related to adult education in Victoria. It provides funding to Learn Local Organisations who deliver foundational training to people from across the state. As system stewards the ACFE Board has to make sure training programs are of high quality, responsive to learner needs, and that the training positions learners for further training or employment.

Foresight Lane has been engaged to support the ACFE Board and associated stakeholders with a range of initiatives including:

  • Support the development of the ACFE Board Strategy
  • Support the design of the inaugural Learn Local Conference (2016) and facilitate the two day event
  • Lead service mapping and planning across the Barwon and Grampians regions
  • Develop and implement innovation programs for Learn Local Organisations

Victoria benefits when more of its citizens build skills and pathways into employment and a meaningful civic life. The ACFE sector takes pride in positioning learners for future success and that means it accounts for the broad range of skills required to transition into employment and training pathways. The strategy provides a compelling purpose and direction for the Board and establishes the requirement to renew elements of the system. The strategy outlines the ways in which the ACFE Board will drive initiatives that benefit learners, providers and collaborators. These initiatives include; targeting resources to need, strengthening provider capacity, building the evidence base on sector impact, strategic collaborations that increase sector influence, and incentivizing innovation.

Over 200 people attended the inaugural Learn Local Conference and it was widely regarded as a success. The conference enabled people working in the sector to share best practice examples and explore how they might innovate and collaborate to extend their impact. Follow this link to see a graphic representation from Foresight Lane’s presentation framing the conference as an opportunity to learn from the past and plan for the future: plan for the future

Foresight Lane mapped service provision across Barwon and the Grampians regions highlighting gaps in service provision and opportunities for service improvements. This included the development of an interactive service map that is hosted on a web platform and can be updated as service delivery changes. We have also worked directly with over ten training providers on strategy and innovation development.

Transforming adult education