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One Month Into the Rural and Regional Digital Skills Program

The Australian Impact Group was pleased to launch the Rural and Regional Digital Skills Program  on the 17th of March with a showcase in partnership with the Department of Community Housing and Digital Economy, James Cook University and TAFE North Queensland that showcased the new jobs , research and opportunities that use digital economy.

Reflecting on not even one month we have seen a great uptake in the program. However, there is so much opportunity  for Rural and Regional Queenslanders to build their skills to support ever changing careers. If you know someone that you can think can benefit share the love. 

There are 78 Local Government Areas in Queensland. We currently have participant representation in 17 Local Government Areas. The greatest representation has been in Townsville to Date but we have great uptake in Cairns,  Charters Towers, Mackay, Gold Goast and excitingly from our smaller regions such as Flinders and Cloncurry. The highest engaged participants are between 45-55 and a great proportion from over 55 highlighting the recognition of all age groups to build digital skills. That being said we commence our schools programs in term 2 so we expect the split to be quite strongly represented in under 18.



So what is the program all about !

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With the rise of digital transformation and drastic changes in workplace scenarios, everyone must have digital skills whether to support their business, develop a portfolio of skills while at school, transition to new career or keep pace with changes in technology.

The FutureSkills4U Regional and Rural QLD Digital Skills Program is a Queensland Government Initiative that provides free digital training to Regional and Rural Queenslanders over 12 through the Go1 platform as part of the Queensland Government Digital Workforce Action Plan.

The training is self service on demand. All you need is a browser and a computer, tablet or device with average specifications. 

Because it is on demand and open until December 2023 you can fit learning amazing new skills around your current workload and schedule. Some of the things you can learn include: 

  • Canva for digital publishing 
  • Cyber Security
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Small Business Essentials 
  • Drone Skills 
  • 3D Printing
  • Coding
  • Web Development
  • Wordpress and maintaining websites
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Cyber Security

When registering your interest there are a few short questions to answer such as, Why do you want to increase your digital skills. This is because there are a limited number of placements and we want to be assured that learners are committed and interested in completing at least one course.