Home Education Program aims to teach disadvantaged youth digital skills
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Not-for-profit social exchange Infoxchange has developed a new program for the Victorian cities of Geelong and Wangaratta, to teach digital skills to disadvantaged youth and youth who are at-risk.

A statement from Infoxchange said the Youth Digital Skills pilot would be backed by the Victorian State Government which was contributing $420,000. Fifty youth would be supported during the pilot.

The program hopes to enable the youth who are trained to gain employment in the digital industry and also open up a path to education.

Infoxchange chief executive David Spriggs said the program aimed to tackle the shortage of digital skills while helping a class of people who were at a disadvantage.

“Young people account for more than a third of unemployed people in Australia, with an even higher rate in regional areas," said Spriggs.

"At the same time, regional communities stand to gain huge benefits from leveraging digital technologies, but there’s a significant digital skills gap holding them back.

“Demand is growing for workers in the tech sector, and we want to make sure young people are getting their best chance at landing those jobs.

"Our digital skills program will provide that opportunity by giving young people access to training and industry connections that would otherwise be out of reach."

Participants will study a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology and also take short courses from Digital Springboard, a program by Infoxchange and Google that aims to build job readiness skills for a digital world.

Infoxchange will collaborate with the Barwon (Geelong) and Ovens Murray (Wangaratta) Regional Partnerships during the program.

The organisation is looking for prospective educational partners and businesses that can offer work placements to program participants in the Greater Geelong and Wangaratta regions.

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