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Growing Australia’s digital workforce

Pilot helps First Nations peoples

Improving training delivery

The Batchelor Institute partnered with the DSO to run a pilot program to teach digital literacy skills to First Nations peoples in remote communities, who can face some of the greatest challenges in terms of confidence and skills for digital inclusion.

This pilot commenced with engaging stakeholders like the Central Land Council and community groups at Santa Teresa to identify needs to ensure the most appropriate training model was delivered in the area.

The pilot program was designed to increase the digital literacy of residents in remote areas of the Northern Territory. It was completed by 32 students in Santa Teresa and Tennant Creek.

After completing the course, students were better equipped to use computers, mobile phones and tablets – skills that not only support everyday tasks like banking transactions or medical appointments, but also enable further study or work prospects.

The lessons from this pilot model are expected to be expanded to other remote Territory communities.

“Fundamental digital skills are a step towards learning lots of other new things. They can improve confidence in people from First Nations and remote communities to use technology for everyday life, learning and work”

Palwinder Grewal
Batchelor Institute lecturer

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