Other additional information
The role of LINC Tasmania in adult learning
LINC Tasmania provides opportunities for adult Tasmanians to continue to learn. Our aims are
- To build skills in our communities, and
- To encourage Tasmanians to be active, informed and connected
Adults include people 18 years and over but, in some circumstances, people aged 15–17 may take part in LINC Tasmania programs
The Work and Life Skills Program
LINC Tasmania enables pathways to education and training and the workforce. We deliver short
courses to build basic skills. Courses cover computer and digital technology and other skills needed for work and life. LINC Tasmania also assists learners to access accredited courses run by other providers. Examples include:
- Short courses:
- Computing 4 Me
- First Gear
- Be Ready for Work
- Accredited training:
- Certificate I in Access to Work & Training
- Certificate II in Information, Digital Media &
- Certificate III in Education Support
- University Preparation Program
The need for volunteer learning mentors
While many adult learners require little or no assistance, others need to build their skills and confidence as learners
in order to succeed. Skilled volunteers can increase the chances of adult Tasmanians
engaging with learning.
Mentor and learner matching
We match volunteer mentors with individuals or small groups of learners, according to shared subject interests
and the mentor’s skills and availability. Most mentoring meetings are conducted once or twice a week. Suitably
skilled mentors may also conduct short courses designed to build basic skills.
Support for learning mentors
LINC Tasmania staff will support volunteers. We will provide Initial training where required. We also enable other opportunities for volunteer training.
Coordinators provide volunteers with feedback on their mentoring, and seek their feedback on the mentoring role
and the learners’ progress.
Steps to becoming a volunteer adult learning mentor with LINC Tasmania
- Read the information on our website, and consider all the possible volunteering roles.
- Contact the volunteer coordinator at your local LINC, library or online access centre to discuss the roles
that interest you, and the available opportunities. They will tell you about any public information sessions
scheduled in your area.
- If you choose to apply to become an adult learning mentor, the coordinator will supply you with a
volunteer application form. Send your completed form to the LINC, library or online access centre you
wish to volunteer with.
- When we receive your volunteer application, and there are potentially suitable volunteering
opportunities, the coordinator will invite you to come to an interview. They will advise you if there are
no current opportunities in your location, and may contact you again later.
- We may contact your referees, either before or after your interview.
- We may give you feedback on your application.
- If you are considered suitable for a volunteering position:
- You must register to Work with Vulnerable People
- You will be
asked to agree to the LINC Tasmania terms of volunteering
- You will be offered a volunteering position
when a suitable opportunity arises