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Helping the community get tech savvy

The Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC) is providing residents the chance to become more tech savvy as part of the Tech Savvy Regional Queensland initiative.

Kicking off in October 2018, CCRC Library Services will be providing free training sessions designed to upskill members of the community on how to use a variety of technologies.

Cassowary Coast Councillor Mark Nolan said in past years the program was aimed at helping seniors. 

“We believe that everyone should be given a fair go and would like residents to know that the program is open to all members of the community with a particular focus on jobseekers, First Australians and seniors,” said Cr Nolan. 

“These days everyone must have the skills needed to securely access essential services online, and this free program will help them to navigate this evolving digital world.”

The program delivers well-paced sessions to help develop a range of useful online skills including how to use you smartphone and tablets, shop online, apply for jobs online, the basics of social media, and how to access core government online services.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s Manager Customer Service and Libraries Cynthia Leong said the program will be available at all four branches of the Cassowary Coast Libraries.

“We want everybody to thrive in a digital world, regardless of their age, background, ability or where they live. Digital technology can help break down social barriers, create efficiencies, and open up new learning and engagement opportunities for residents,” said Ms Leong.

“Each topic runs for approximately two hours per session, and clients can select which modules they wish to participate in.”

Tech Savvy Regional Queensland training is delivered by experienced facilitators. Council will supply workbooks and access to computers. Interested participants are required to bring their own smartphones and tablets.

Tech Savvy Regional Queensland is a partnership between State Library of Queensland, Telstra, Department of Communities, and Queensland Public Libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres.

To register for the free sessions, please contact Cassowary Coast Libraries by phoning 1300 366 616.