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Monday, 16 July 2012 16:37

i.settle.with.IT! extends to web-delivered training

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A program created by WorkVentures with the backing of the Commonwealth Government and Microsoft aims to help recent migrants and refugees settle in Australia by helping them gain basic computer skills.

Non-profit organisation WorkVentures developed the i.settle.with.IT! training program to help refugees and migrants gain English and basic computer skills.

Although the program has been running since 2010, it is now available in web-delivered form for those unable to attend face-to-face training sessions.

(Before you ask, potential participants with zero computer skills can presumably receive initial guidance from family, friends or other people that they know.)

At the launch of the online resource at the Auburn Centre for Community, Federal Minister for Multicultural Affairs Kate Lundy said the resource was designed to provide the IT skills, knowledge and confidence for new settlers to undertake further education and employment essential to social inclusion.

"The program has shown how beneficial technology is to this community and how access to the right training can change their lives. The online training tool opens another opportunity for more people to learn, in their own time, and at a pace that suits them," said Arsenio Alegre, CEO of WorkVentures.

"Microsoft and WorkVentures have been partnering for 26 years to help provide IT skills and training to underprivileged Australians. Through i.settle.with.it!, new settlers can build critical skills to help them participate in our community, gain access to services and build the confidence and capabilities to allow them to move onto further education, or employment," said Pip Marlow, managing director of Microsoft Australia.

WorkVentures is a Registered Training Organisation for those looking for more formal training, sells refurbished PCs and laptops (including fully-licensed copies of Windows and Office 2007) to those receiving Centrelink or Dept of Veterans Affairs benefits or holding a Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card, and runs three Connect Centres (in Airds, Claymore [temporarily closed] and Macquarie Fields) providing free computer access in addition to mentoring, training and tutoring.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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