MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:21): Next week we celebrate Cultural Diversity Week, which coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians make significant contributions to our society. It is our commitment to enhance capacity and build opportunities via our network of 250 Learn Locals and by supporting industry partnerships. The Victorian government is committed to providing all Victorians with access to high-quality training aligned to industry and community needs, and that is why the 2020–21 budget has a commitment of $1.2 million to support an extra 1000 Learn Local training places and is investing over $800 000 for AMES Australia to support culturally safe safety training and career mentors for the multicultural learning partnership program.
Our Learn Locals are at the forefront of delivering a safe and welcoming adult learning environment with true employment pathways. I am pleased to highlight the partnership between Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education and PPE Supplies Global, where 35 people received training and subsequent employment. The training resources have been shared and are being implemented in Geelong and Laverton by Diversitat and the Laverton Neighborhood House. The Yarrunga Community Centre created a project to increase participation by the Myanmar community. A pre-accredited training package was developed with the Lotus Energy cooperative, which achieved training and employment outcomes for learners to assist professionals in the installation of solar panels. Outstanding Learn Local and industry partnerships are being delivered across the state, building opportunities that benefit the community and the economy. This government is committed to building and sustaining skills and jobs for all Victorians.