Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

3 February 2021

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Local literacy for life and work applications from communities open

26TEN has opened up applications for its bold new program, 26TEN Communities: Local literacy for work and life, to improve adult literacy and numeracy in Tasmanian communities.

The program offers longer-term and increased funding to communities where organisations and individuals demonstrate they can work together to lift skills.

The Tasmanian Government has committed to funding seven communities by 2024, providing $3 million over the next four years, giving time and support to facilitate lasting change.

By providing funds where they are needed, Tasmanians will be able to get literacy support where they live or work, supported by local people and organisations.

It comes as part of our new $4.4 million Adult Learning Strategy which supports lifelong learning for all Tasmanians.

With guidance, funding, and time to work together, 26TEN Communities will have a powerful impact on the lives of Tasmanians and on our State’s economy.

26TEN Communities may be based in a local government area or township, or based in an industry interest group or sector.

The funding will support communities in areas of disadvantage, or industries and regions where there is strong growth.

Applicants should have strong community leadership and be able to work collaboratively to develop the services and activities that will support learners to take each next step.

The benefits of having skilled, confident learners extends from the learners themselves, to their families, workplaces and communities.

In this way, the whole state grows in wellbeing and prosperity.

Applications are now open and close 22 March 2021.

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