Digital literacy training a key strategy for regional Australians

In late May representatives from the East Arnhem Land Regional Council (EARC) and Infoxchange launched the EARC 2016 - 2020 Learning Strategy. The strategy reflects Council’s strong commitment to the ongoing skills development of its workforce and to providing career pathways for its employees. This includes new working partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise, Infoxchange, in an effort to improve digital literacy of Indigenous people and enable increased access to education and training.

As a new Network Partner, the EARC will be using Go Digi resources by providing direct access to our platform through their online learning environment and other online portals for their staff and community. They will also encourage staff and community members to become Go Digi mentors to support their peers and promote Go Digi resources more broadly to indigenous communities across the Northern Territory.

“Digital literacy is key to Council’s ability to deliver accessible, relevant, and valuable training in our communities. If we put ourselves in a position where we can prepare people with job-ready skills for employment with Council, we are creating an even greater employee pool across the region, providing skills for life” said President Wunungmurra.

“Importantly it shows Council’s pledge to provide a blended learning environment, offering flexible, accessible, education and training” continued Mr Wunungmurra.

The four-year strategy focuses on developing a highly skilled Council workforce, preparing people for employment and future careers with Council and the development of communities and businesses across East Arnhem Land.

The Strategy outlines a series key targets to be achieved by 2020 including:

  • Employ more than 70% Indigenous people
  • Provide training for 100% of employees every year
  • Provide opportunity to develop the internet skills of 1000 Indigenous people
  • Assist 10% Indigenous businesses to develop their online business
  • Facilitate broadband Internet connectivity for all EARC communities and provide individual connections for 1000 Indigenous people

For more information about the 2016 - 2020 Learning Strategy visit the East Arnhem Regional Council’s latest news.