In an era where digital proficiency is increasingly becoming a necessity, the Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) has taken a significant step forward by partnering with the Queensland Government and Future Learn to establish the SBAA Digital Upskilling Hub. This initiative aims to empower mature-aged citizens, regional remote workers, and the general public by providing valuable resources, workshops and networking opportunities to enhance their digital skill sets.
It is estimated that Queensland will need an additional 10,000 digital professionals by 2024 to ensure the states economic prosperity, and by providing free digital skill certification to Queensland Mature Age citizens, the SBAA can assist in closing this gap.
“As the CEO and Founder of the SBAA, I am thrilled to introduce the SBAA Digital Upskilling Hub—a transformative platform designed to empower individuals and businesses alike. In an era where digital skills are paramount, our hub will facilitate the education and upskilling of some of our most remote and vulnerable citizens.” – Anne Nalder, CEO & Founder, SBAA.
Bridging the Digital Gap
Digital literacy is no longer a luxury; it’s a fundamental requirement for success in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape. Recognizing this, the SBAA Digital Upskilling Hub focuses on narrowing the digital divide, ensuring that individuals of all backgrounds and ages have access to the tools and knowledge necessary for thriving in the digital age.
Addressing the Unique Needs of Different Groups
- Mature Aged Citizens (Over 50): For mature-aged Queenslanders who may feel challenged by the pace of technological change, the Hub provides a supportive environment to learn at their own pace. Workshops specifically designed for this demographic cover essential digital skills, such as online communication, e-commerce basics, and cybersecurity awareness. Mature Age Queenslanders will also qualify for free certification on the completion of select training modules.
- Remote Regional Workers: Recognizing the unique challenges faced by regional workers, the Hub aims to make digital education accessible regardless of geographical location. Online modules and virtual workshops ensure that regional workers can participate and upskill without the need for extensive travel.
- General Public: The general public, regardless of their current digital proficiency, can benefit from a variety of workshops ranging from file management to navigating online portals (linking MyGov services). These sessions cater to a broad audience, fostering an inclusive approach to digital education.
The Vision: Aligning with Queensland’s Digital Workforce Action Plan
The SBAA Digital Upskilling Hub aligns seamlessly with the vision outlined in the Queensland Government’s Digital Professional Workforce Action Plan. Priority 1 of the plan emphasizes the critical need to develop Queensland’s digital workforce, and the SBAA’s initiative plays a vital role in translating this vision into action.
Key Components of the Vision:
- Digital Skills for All: The SBAA Digital Upskilling Hub actively contributes to the goal of making digital skills accessible to every Queensland resident, irrespective of their age, location, or professional background.
- Inclusive Learning Environments: The Hub embodies the commitment to creating inclusive learning environments by tailoring programs to the specific needs of mature-aged citizens and regional workers. To serve low LLND learners, some courses and materials will be available in Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic. As outlined in the Action Plan, there is a need for an additional 10,000 digital professionals by 2024, and by making the SBAA Digital Upskilling hub as inclusive as possible, a wider net can be cast to ensure diverse talent is produced for the Australian digital workforce.
- Partnerships and Collaboration: The collaborative nature of the Hub mirrors the emphasis on partnerships and collaboration outlined in the Action Plan. By bringing together experts, educators, and business leaders, the Hub becomes a hub not just for upskilling but for fostering a sense of community. The SBAA will be collaborating with The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc to provide in-language support through in-person workshop facilitators and resources. Networking sessions will also be planned for multiple locations.
Join the Digital Revolution
Whether you’re a mature-aged individual looking to enhance your digital literacy, a regional worker seeking quality online education, or a member of the Queensland public eager to stay ahead, the SBAA Digital Upskilling Hub invites you to join the digital revolution. Together, we can build a digitally empowered future where no one is left behind.
Stay tuned for upcoming events, workshops, and resources that will propel you towards digital success.