Centre for Adult Education (CAE) along with program partner Yooralla, have been nominated for the Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award. The winner will be announced at the upcoming awards presentation dinner on Friday, 23 August.

The Learn Local Awards celebrates the efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers.

CAE and Yooralla shared a vision to improve employment opportunities for people with disability. This vision and passion brought them together to create a 14 week program designed to link participants on the journey to employability. That’s how Equal@Work was born.

The Equal@Work program places learners into pre-accredited training with access to high quality job outcomes. The program begins with skills for life and work, and is a six-week classroom-based pre-accredited course at CAE. Students learn employable skills and experience ‘tastes’ of various industries.

Afterward, an eight-week job-seeking mentoring program begins with work experience for the student. Employers assist in implementing workplace programs that supported diversity.

Through this course, we found a marked improvement in employment outcomes. The program not only gave participants economic independence, but also encouraged greater inclusion for disabled people across Victoria.

The program would not have been possible without the willingness and support of the wonderful departments within Box Hill Institute. They opened their doors and gave their time in order to provide access to taster programs for these participants.