Ashburton Learning Centre: 2018 Award for Provider of the Year Tangata Tiriti

The 2018 ACE Aotearoa Annual Award for Provider of the Year Tangata Tiriti has been awarded to the Ashburton Learning Centre.

The Ashburton Learning Centre has evolved from a small organisation established in 1979, which provided a literacy service to a few people in their own homes, to a very visible learning centre. It meets a wide range of individual and community learning needs. Last year about 400 people used their services.

The philosophy that drives the organisation, is “Everybody Matters”.

The centre provides a wrap-around service that actively supports each student through and often beyond their time at the centre, and a whole-community approach that embraces not only adults, but children too.

Their core programmes include:

  • English for beginners
  • apprentice support
  • reading, writing and maths support
  • computing classes, digital literacy and much more.

These are offered at three levels - beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Each student is working on their own individual learning plan designed around their lives, their learning styles and their learning goals. Each plan is regularly monitored and evaluated.

Counselling is often provided to the whole whānau to support the learner, and all learners get practical help with transport and access to medical services if they need it.

When people leave the centre they are usually on their way to a job or another training programme, but the support and advice from tutors continues.

This relatively small community organisation with dedicated and skilled staff is providing a solution to every learning problem in the community.

Click here to see the 2018 award winners.