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Program Partnerships

Many programs we deliver in partnership with other organisations, such as:

Melbourne Polytechnic

PRACE partners with Melbourne Polytehnic through Northern SEE and  the Melbourne AMEP consortium to deliver the Federally funded Skills for Education and Employment Program (SEE) and the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). Melbourne Polytechnic is the lead agent for the consortium.

Northern SEE

PRACE is a member of the Northern SEE consortium that together was successful in securing the federally funded Skills for Education and Employment Program (SEE). This program has ensured free access to Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) classes for people registered with Centrelink or a Job Active Agency and is made up of the following organisations:  Olympic Adult Education and Melbourne Polytechnic as the lead agent.

Melbourne AMEP

PRACE is part of the  Melbourne Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) consortium. The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Through the program you can study in any of our English classes for up to 510 hours. If you are a Humanitarian student you may be eligible for extra hours. As part of the AMEP you must do a Settlement Course to introduce you to life in Australia. AMEP provides other services including:

– child care which is available while you are in class

– a counselling service

– free translation of your qualifications and other documents


Armstrong’s Driver Education

PRACE has received an ACFE Innovation Grant to work with Armstrong’s Driver Education to develop an English language support program for commercial driving courses. The project will address the need for learners to develop language, literacy and numeracy skills to pathway into driver related industries, including truck, bus and taxi driver professions. In consultation with Armstrong’s Driver Education, PRACE will develop a course specifically tailored for students from a culturally and linguistically diverse background who wish to enrol in heavy vehicle license training, which would then enable the learner to become a truck or bus driver.

Community Correctional Services (Department of Justice)

PRACE has partnered with Community Correctional Services for a number of years to provide community engagement via education and training opportunities for people undertaking community based orders.

Darebin Community Health Centre

PRACE will continue to work in partnership with Darebin Community Health Centre around questions of how to improve health literacy in our shared clients. It is clear that some PRACE students have chronic health issues which impact on their capacity to attend classes, improve their English language skills and fully participate in the local community.PRACE and DCHC have worked together to develop awareness in teachers and health professionals of the barriers to health services and ways to overcome those barriers.

Global Sisters

Global Sisters and PRACE have partnered with the aim of providing opportunity and support for women to develop small business ideas in order to enable self employment as a viable option.

Merri Community Health Services

Here is what they had to say about their partnership with PRACE.

“The partnership between Merri Community Health Services-SAVVI and PRACE has been a great example of the opportunities collaborative work between services can create for people living in supported residential services. In particular, the ‘introduction to horticulture’ course held this year offered participants a highly customised, engaging and enjoyable learning environment for people who would otherwise feel intimidated by the pace of stream-line adult training. Participants are now capable of creating and maintaining their own vegetable patches in the facilities they live in and are keen to keep learning. Thank you PRACE for being such great partners. We are looking forward to future initiatives!”

Thomastown West Primary School Community Hub

The TWPS Community Hub was created through an innovative partnership between Whittlesea Community Connections (WCC), TWPS , Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) and the Smith Family. The Hub is aimed at supporting and strengthening the children, young people and their families attending and connected to the Thomastown West Primary School community.

Thomastown Neighbourhood House

PRACE is in partnership with TNH to deliver a number of courses both accredited and pre-accredited at the Thomastown Library.

Life Without Barriers

PRACE is in partnership with Life Without Barriers to provide services to asylum seekers, such as delivering English classes and facilitating donations.

Program Partnerships

  • U3A Darebin (University of the Third Age)
  • Darebin Youth Services
  • Kelly Sports
  • Life Activities Club


Many organizations have generously provided support or donated goods and/or services to benefit PRACE programs. A number of these are listed below.

  • Bunnings, Thomastown
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • Inner Melbourne VET cluster
  • Nelson Alexander Real Estate, Preston
  • Centrelink
  • Energy and Water Ombudsman for Victoria
  • Ambulance Victoria
  • Darebin Community Legal Service
  • Manningham Council
  • EJ Love Real Estate Reservoir
  • SPAN Community House
  • Barry Plant, Bundoora
  • Lorne Street Therapy
  • Contributors to our 2015 fundraiser ‘A New Day’ Art Show
  • PARTY (Preventing Alcohol Trauma in Youth)
  • PermaBlitz
  • R.D.A. Australia (Riding Develops Ability)
  • Victoria Police
  • SecondBite
  • SG Printing
  • The Salvation Army

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