Strengthening Adult Community Education (ACE)

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What would a stronger Adult Community Education (ACE) Program look like? We want to hear from the community and stakeholders who have suggestions for strengthening the ACE Program in South Australia.

What is being decided?

The Department of State Development, with Community Centres SA is strengthening the Adult Community Education (ACE) Program for 2018/19 and beyond through a comprehensive engagement process with stakeholders, past and current ACE providers and participants, as well as local communities.

Download the Strengthening Adult Community Education Fact Sheet (PDF 560KB).

In 2016, engagement with the ACE sector identified five key themes for strengthening the

About

What would a stronger Adult Community Education (ACE) Program look like? We want to hear from the community and stakeholders who have suggestions for strengthening the ACE Program in South Australia.

What is being decided?

The Department of State Development, with Community Centres SA is strengthening the Adult Community Education (ACE) Program for 2018/19 and beyond through a comprehensive engagement process with stakeholders, past and current ACE providers and participants, as well as local communities.

Download the Strengthening Adult Community Education Fact Sheet (PDF 560KB).

In 2016, engagement with the ACE sector identified five key themes for strengthening the ACE program. We want to build on these key themes, which are:

  1. Funding certainty and arrangements.
  2. Difficulties linking to other programs and services – how can we improve links for ACE participants with volunteering, further learning, training and work opportunities?
  3. Communications and marketing of ACE to attract partners and participants.
  4. Program management including reporting, data and evaluation – how can this process be streamlined for ACE training providers?
  5. Sector capacity and development to deliver on program outcomes – what do ACE providers need to improve program outcomes? What do participants need to improve their experience?

The engagement process in 2017 will include:

  • Preliminary engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, communities and ACE participants - May 2017.
  • Co-design of a Strengthened ACE Program Statement and Guidelines in partnership with Community Centres SA and the Department of State Development, incorporating the ideas and feedback received - June 2017.
  • Consultation on the draft ACE Statement and Guidelines for 2018/19 and beyond with stakeholders, participants and local communities - July 2017.
  • Launch of the 2018/19 Strengthened ACE Program Statement and Guidelines - late 2017.

How can your input influence the decision?

The Department of State Development is strengthening the Adult Community Education (ACE) Program by seeking community and stakeholder input to identify strategies for improving the well-established ACE Program, particularly in relation to:

  • program outcomes
  • measures of success
  • transitions and pathways for participants
  • accessibility for participants
  • provider capacity and capability building
  • what is currently working well
  • what could be improved
  • new opportunities.

Stakeholder and community engagement will help shape the updated ACE Program Statement and Guidelines for 2018/19 and beyond.

Get involved

You can provide your ideas, suggestions and feedback by:

Stakeholder workshops

Tuesday, 23 May
9am - 1pm
Morphettville RacecourseACE providers workshop 1REGISTER HEREStakeholders only need to attend one session

Thursday 25 May
9am - 1pm

Morphettville RacecourseACE providers workshop 2REGISTER HEREStakeholders only need to attend one session

Thursday, 25 May
1.30pm - 4.30pm

Morphettville RacecourseNew or emerging ACE providersREGISTER HERE

How will your input be used?

A report summarising community and stakeholder input to strengthen the Adult Community Education (ACE) Program will be published in July 2017.

Community feedback provided as part of this initial phase of engagement will inform the Draft ACE Statement for 2018/19 and beyond. The draft ACE Statement and updated Guidelines will be co-designed as a partnership between Community Centres SA and the Department of State Development.

Following this process, the draft ACE Statement and Guidelines will be released for consultation with the community and stakeholders in July 2017.

To be kept informed, please join our mailing list so we can provide you with updates on Strengthening the ACE Program as the project progresses throughout 2017.

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Websites

Email: DSD.ACEinfo@sa.gov.au

Phone: Skills and Employment Infoline - 1800 506 266




Background


Overview

In Australia there has been an increased focus on a group of non-technical skills that are considered essential to effective and successful participation in learning, training, and working. These skills are described as foundation skills.

Foundation skills are defined as the combination of:

  • English language, literacy and numeracy - listening, speaking, reading, writing, digital literacy and use of mathematical ideas, and
  • Employability skills - collaboration, problem-solving, self-management and learning, as well as information and communication technology required for participation in modern workplaces and contemporary life.

In South Australia, the Adult Community Education (ACE) Program has a long history of operating in SA. The program is a community learning gateway for people who want to participate in learning and further training but who may face social and economic barriers to participation in formal learning.

The ACE program provides a supportive entry point for people to participate in learning and to transition to volunteering, further education, training, and work.

For further information, please visit the Community Centres SA website: https://www.communitycentressa.asn.au/capacitybuilding/adult-community-education.

How can I access the ACE Program?

ACE provides learning programs in a supportive community setting, making it particularly valuable for learners who want to engage or re-engage in learning.

The ACE program is delivered by more than 50 training providers who meet the Program's selection criteria and are not-for-profit community based education and training organisations.

ACE programs are locally developed, locally delivered and locally owned. The programs are delivered throughout South Australia by community centres, local councils, libraries and other community-based organisations.

To find an ACE provider in your area, please visit the Department of State Development website: http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/training-learning/adult-community-education.

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  • Update

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    What the community said

    The Department of State Development and Community Centres SA jointly invited ACE providers, tutors, participants, training bodies and peak organisations, as well as Commonwealth and State Government agencies to partner with us in co-designing the future of ACE.

    This unique and extensive engagement process has meant working alongside those who deliver and benefit from ACE programs in the decision-making process.

    Experienced ACE tutors have met with over 50 participants to discover, through the sharing of stories and experiences, how ACE has impacted their lives. This valuable input has informed our new ACE vision and will inform program changes.

    The feedback provided with suggestions to strengthen ACE, reflect the key themes of:

    1. New vision, recognising the unique strengths of ACE
    2. Funding arrangements
    3. Improving connections with other programs and services
    4. Communications and marketing of ACE
    5. Streamlining program management
    6. Sector capacity and workforce capability

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    Outcomes from the Strengthening Adult Community Education (ACE)

    We have listened to the feedback we received during the initial engagement phase with a broad range of stakeholders in May and June 2017.

    The draft ACE Program Statement (link to document) recognises the unique strengths of the ACE Program and the significant changes to the sector in recent years. Fundamental changes are proposed to strengthen ACE, which directly reflect the feedback gathered during the engagement process.

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