OAK Technology and Learning is taking its training to the Huon Valley, to give more people the chance to become qualified in digital media and technology.
Funded by Skills Tasmania and run in conjunction with Huon Linc and the Information Network Centre, the training is aimed at a wide range of people including students, those living with a disability, the unemployed, people re-entering the workforce or those just wanting to build on their technology skills.
Both courses are being held at the at the Huon Linc at Huonville and the Wayraparattee Child and Family Centre at Geeveston and offer participants the opportunity to gain qualifications in Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology and selected units from Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology.
OAK Technology and Learning Manager Graeme Finlayson said the courses were set up in the Huon Valley to help address some of the barriers to rural education, such as distance and transport issues.
While the courses were mainly aimed at improving people’s employment prospects and technology skills, Graeme said the training was also a great source of self confidence and social networking for participants.
“There’s a fair few people who either know each other in both areas (Huonville and Geeveston) or are making new links and friendships which is just great,” he said.
The two certificates include training in areas such as operating a personal computer, word processing applications, using web browsers and email, maintaining technology equipment, capturing a digital image, designing documents and using computer packages.
While the Huon Valley technology training was a first for OAK Technology & Learning, Graeme said he would like to see a continuation of the cooperation between OAK Tasmania and LINC Tasmania in the future, to bring more technology training to regional areas of the State.