Coalition Government helping older Victorians make the most of the digital world

  • $160,000 grant to develop the digital literacy skills of older Victorians
  • Enabling Learn Locals to provide quality training in community based settings
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a skilled workforce

Older Victorians will have the chance to gain digital literacy skills thanks to a $160,000 grant from the Victorian Coalition Government, Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling said today.

Mr Wakeling announced the funding during a visit to the Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre, a Learn Local organisation in Gisborne.

“This $160,000 grant will be split between four organisations and enhance the great work Learn Locals do within their respective local communities,” Mr Wakeling said.

“As businesses and the wider community continue to embrace digital technology as the way of the future, the Napthine Government is committed to ensuring older Victorians enhance their skills in this vital area of communication.

“The grants will enable Learn Locals to deliver training to older people who are at risk of being disadvantaged and isolated through a lack of digital literacy skills,” Mr Wakeling said.

Mr Wakeling said investing in digital literacy skills was essential to helping older Victorians lead productive and connected lives.

“The Digital Literacy for Older Victorians grants will enhance the skills of 600 Victorians in a range of digital activities such as internet banking, using mobile phones, a tablet device and Skype.

“Learn Locals play an important role in skills training, providing $14 million in pre-accredited vocational training and $71 million in accredited training in 2013.”

Mr Wakeling said the funding announced today was in addition to the Napthine Government’s commitment to build a better vocational and training system by investing almost $5 billion over the next four years.

The other programs are being delivered through Learn Local organisations based in Simpson, Chelsea and Upper Ferntree Gully.

Media contact:

Mark Lee 0408 547 381 mark.lee@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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