The WA government is trying to stem the flow of young people away from rural and regional towns by offering local learning opportunities that give them the skills to stay and work in their communities.
It’s a decade since the Choir of Hard Knocks won our hearts with the uplifting story of how music can turn lives around. Sweet Freedom Singers, a choir of people from all walks of life, and of different abilities, continue the tradition.
Young mums in the Victorian country town of Mildura are learning skills to deal with the challenges of being a young parent and re-engaging in education to help them on the pathway to a brighter future.
For people over 60, driving on our roads today is very different to when they first got their licence. A growing number of older Victorians are signing up for classes to improve their safety and confidence behind the wheel.
The effect of devastating bushfires on Australian towns like Yarloop in WA are focussing attention on the work of community centres and the crucial role they play in disaster preparedness, recovery and rebuilding communities.
Low rates of adult literacy go hand in hand with poorer health and wellbeing. New research highlights how adult literacy programs for Indigenous Australians improves the health of people who’ve taken part.
Having the support and encouragement of a mentor, learning Auslan, and work experience in the hearing world has brought Anita out of her shell. Once uncertain and shy, now she’s excited about her future.
Technology giant Ericsson’s former warehouse is experiencing a new lease of life. Instead of storing new technology the building is an e-waste recycling hub that’s giving local people new opportunities for work and learning.
A supportive employer and an adult literacy tutor have turned life around for 26 year old Greg Nelson of WA. Greg was recently named one of three Adult Learners Week scholarship winners for his committment to improving his literacy skills.
Two years ago Kylie Mahon and her five children were homeless in Sydney. But a return to learning has transformed her life. Kylie recently won an Adult Learners Week scholarship for her outstanding achievements.
A chance conversation during a conference break about improving diversity in the workplace has led to an innovative South Australian course that prepares people for jobs in the growing corrections sector.
East Fremantle’s Glyde-In Community Learning Centre opened in 1981. In the next 20 years volunteer fatigue, funding uncertainty and declining membership pushed it to the brink of closure. But today it’s thriving.
A growing group of farmers are enrolling in courses at Community College Northern Inland in north west NSW as part of a state government initiative to assist drought-affected families to retrain and find work off the farm.
A unique training program developed between Gippsland Employment Skills Training (GEST) and local employer Flavorite Hydroponic Tomatoes is opening up work opportunities for unemployed people in the Latrobe Valley.
Jake Donohue won ALA’s inaugural scholarship to attend an international leadership training program run by Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) to prepare future leaders in the field.
A media training program is helping Indigenous prisoners tell stories that matter. What started as an internal prison radio show has just gone national. Meet Bekah O’Meara, the trainer behind the radio show that’s making waves.
A Western Australian project that encourages refugee women to take photos to document and share their experiences is giving them a say into policies that affect their lives and enables researchers to make a powerful case for change.
Graduates from Australia’s first women-only trucking course are hitting the highway on their way to new careers in transport and logistics. The intensive course aims to attract more women into the driver’s seat and improve truck safety.
Adult Learning Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.