U3A undertakes leadership training

REGION - Members of the Grampians region's University of the Third Age came together for an introductory workshop on leadership training.

The workshop was designed to increase the effectiveness and quality of education and recreation programs and to forge partnerships that better meet community learning needs.

The day was attended by 30 participants from a number of U3As, including Ararat, Stawell, Horsham, Ballarat, Avoca, Hepburn, Maryborough and Creswick.

The workshop took place at Ararat's NMIT training centre and was presented by Jill Noble.

Ararat U3A president, Alwyn Kitchen said Ms Noble was a dynamic course presenter.

"Jill has fresh ideas for delivering programs and introducing techniques for adult learning and enjoyment," she said.

"The emphasis was on shared learning and the vast and varied experiences that adults bring to the tutorials. An important part of the day was networking with other U3As and sharing ideas."

Ms Kitchen said the program would be delivered in other regions across Victoria later in the year.

"Ararat was fortunate to hold the first leadership training course and was able to provide some valuable feedback," she said.

The various U3As across the Grampians regions meet twice a year.

The next gathering will take place in April, 2013.

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