New learning institute to expand horizons
The new Stanton Institute will be officially launched today, replacing the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion's College for Learning and Development.
The Institute is named after distinguished South Australian scholar and disability advocate, Anne Stanton (1898 to 2000).
Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison will today attend the final graduation ceremony for the College for Learning and Development and launch the new institute.
"The Stanton Institute will provide 11 accredited courses in areas including government, business, leadership, disability, case management and mental health," Ms Bettison said.
"Unlike its predecessor, the Stanton Institute will offer courses to people outside of DCSI including those in other government departments and the community sector.
"The college has been highly successful in delivering accredited learning to DCSI staff, awarding more than 6000 qualifications since it was established in 2006.
"But now the Stanton Institute will broaden that scope by offering quality accredited and non-accredited learning to other government agencies and to the community sector."
Ms Bettison said 43 different short courses will be offered including Strategic Leadership, Individual and Team Effectiveness, Administrative Foundations, Community Services, Disability Focus, Working with Young People and Working with Complex Clients.
"The Stanton Institute's programs have been tailored to individual and organisational needs, with a focus on flexible, work-based assessment methodologies, incorporating employability and lifelong skills into all programs," she said.
"The integration of work and learning has developed into a unique, efficient and highly effective model of workforce development. Strong partnerships and collaboration will be the cornerstone of the Institute."
The Institute's head office is located at 80 King William Street, Adelaide, and training will be provided at the Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh.
Ms Bettison said Ms Stanton was a deserving recipient of the naming honours.
"Anne was a valued scholar and well regarded for her work in the disability sector," Ms Bettison said.
"From early in her life, she took others under her wing. As a student, she quickly became a leader and later sought to help the community through her social work."
Ms Stanton attended the Conservatorium of Music before joining the School of Social Studies and becoming a social worker for the Crippled Children's Association and Vice-President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
During this time she completed many country visits to help set up holiday camps for children with Adelaide Legacy. In 1978, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition her work with people with disability.
"She had a great understanding of the needs of people and her range of interests and memberships made her an invaluable social worker," Ms Bettison said.
For further information or for a full list of courses visit www.stantoninstitute.edu.au