Tonight my adjournment matter is for the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert. I take this opportunity to thank him for ensuring that learning and further education are again at the centre of the state’s priorities in Victoria. The point I want to raise is the issue of the countless number of people who work in local learning and employment networks. They donate an enormous amount of time and effort, and these centres or networks are often the point where there is a chance for those in our communities that are unemployed to reconnect and there is an opportunity to upskill. Of course more important than all of that, it is an inclusive environment that takes our communities forward.
From the people that I have met over the last nine and a bit years who work in and are associated with these centres, I think a lot of their work goes essentially unnoticed, and it is really important for us to recognise the efforts they put in. The action I seek is for the minister to develop an appropriate recognition system so that we can make sure that individuals in our communities and indeed communities generally have that capacity to go forward. I would ask him to develop that and that it is done so in a timely fashion.