Digital learning in the spotlight at Adult Learners' Week 2012

Adult Australians are being encouraged to brush up on their technology skills during this Adult Learners’ Week (ALW), 1 to 8 September.

Launching the annual celebration of adult education in Fremantle today, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills, Sharon Bird, encouraged adult learners to develop the skills they need to make effective use of new technologies.

“Adult Learners’ Week is about recognising the importance of lifelong learning, engaging adult learners and building community capacity,” Ms Bird said.

“The theme of this year’s celebrations is Digital Literacy – recognising that digital literacy can mean the difference between participating in the modern economy and society and being left out.

“Unfortunately, there are many adults who feel lost when it comes to technology.

“So this week is a great opportunity for everyone to brush up on their computer skills and take advantage of the many opportunities that technology brings.

“It’s also a chance to think about the wide range of other learning opportunities available to adults.”

The Gillard Government has provided more than $230,000 this year for activities including an awareness campaign using social media, a short story writing competition and a series of audio segments for broadcast on radio.

“Adult Learners’ Week shows us that there are thousands of learning opportunities out there, and not just for school leavers and young apprentices, but for all Australians – regardless of age or background – who are looking to join the workforce for the first time, get a better job or improve their pay,” Ms Bird said.

“I encourage everyone to find out about the local events and learning opportunities that are on during the week.”

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