Learning Champions

Learning Champions share their personal stories about overcoming obstacles and challenges with learning literacy later in life. They share the highlights of learning literacy and how it has changed their lives.

Learning Champion Alisha Willing

Hi, my name is Alisha. I used to avoid reading and writing. We never had any books in the house. I went to LINC to get help with reading and writing so I could get a job. With help from my tutor, I now have my licence which has given me independence.

Listen to Alisha’s story on ABC Radio to find out how learning to read and write has changed her life.


Learning Champion Dylan Wagner

Just go and do it! That is my advice.

Hi, my name is Dylan. In 2012, I started working at Oakdale Industries over in Warrane producing a range of timber products from floorboards to chopping blocks.

In 2016, I was encouraged to take part in the Literacy and Numeracy program at OAK where I completed my Certificate I in IT and started my Certificate II in Business with help from my literacy tutor.
I really wanted to start my own business, so my OAK Possability Service Planner helped me to do this. He supported me to apply for an ABN, register and insure the business, design the logo and advertise the business, and even design my Facebook page. I now have the garden maintenance contract at OAK Possability in Glenorchy and lots of other clients as well. I love the hands-on work outside and being my own boss.

I am now going back to complete my Certificate II Business with the help of my tutor. We also work on planting guides, what I need to charge for the jobs I do, and how to write out quotes for clients.
I no longer work for Oakdale Industries. I now have a job in open employment one day per week and my business keeps me busy the rest of the week.

If you want to achieve something, the help is there, just go and do it!