Fitzroy Learning Network Annual Report - Page 6

Programs & Services Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP): The services provided by the Network are premised on a process which respects, values and enhances people’s ability to have control over their lives. A Commonwealth government- funded program that provides 510 hours of free English classes to new migrants and refugees. The Network actively encourages people to take advantage of their skills, experience and potential in meeting their needs and achieving their aspirations for a productive and happy life in the community. Key activities run in the Fitzroy Learning Network include: Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG): English language courses for students eligible for Foundation Skills courses. A pre training assessment interview is needed before enrolment in a class to determine class levels, timetable and government funding eligibility. Language and Literacy Classes at FLN English Language Program Refugee Support program Our English courses help students gain skills in speaking and pronunciation, listening, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary, computer skills and employability skills. This program provides a drop-in and referral service for refugees and migrants. FLN support staff assist in any matters, large or small, that require immediate or long term action. Aside from the services and activities run from FLN, Fitzroy Learning Network is actively linked with other providers and organisations in the community. The Network is closely involved with the work of a number of other community groups and organisations, including the Connie Benn Family Resource Centre, City of Yarra, Fitzroy Police, Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Ecumenical Migration Centre, Fitzroy Primary School, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Foundation House and the Collingwood English Language School. We specialise in beginning and elementary English as an Additional Language (EAL) particularly for learners who have had interrupted education in their home country with low levels of literacy. We deliver the following Nationally Recognised Training: 10361NAT Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English 10362 NAT Certificate I in Spoken and Written English 10363NAT Certificate II in Spoken and Written English Computer classes Classes on using computers and the internet are run several times a week for our community members who require a little extra assistance. Students can start our English language courses at any time and can study part time or full time. We have flexible entry and exit points. Sewing Classes Students can enrol in our courses under a number of government- funded programs: These classes provide both access to sewing equipment for our community members and practice in English conversation. Computer Clubhouse The Clubhouse provides a creative and safe after-school learning environment for young people aged 10 to 18 years from disadvantaged communities, who work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills and build their confidence through the use of technology. This program matches volunteer tutors with young adults who are studying school, vocational or higher education courses. Tutors provide educational and other support to those from refugee backgrounds. 4