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New Local IT Hub in West Heidelberg

16 May 2007

For disadvantaged people in the Heidelberg West community, developing computer literacy has been difficult; if not impossible.

Now, under the Victorian Government's Heidelberg West Neighbourhood Renewal project, an IT Hub has been established in the community for people to access training and acquire computer skills.

The Hub, at the corner of Southern Rd and Alamein Rd, will be officially opened by the Minister for Housing and the Minister for Local Government, Richard Wynne, on Tuesday 29 May at 2.45pm.

A number of training programs in information technology and also financial management will operate at the Hub, coordinated by the Neighbourhood Renewal Employment and Learning Coordinator, Annerliegh Parkinson of NMIT.

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), in partnership with Olympic Adult Education, with supporters Banyule Community Health Service and the Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning & Employment Network, secured the Employment and Learning Coordinator contract until 2009. It is an initiative of the Department of Human Services aimed to lead communities out of disadvantage.

Annerliegh said that education and training played a key role in overcoming disadvantage. She is coordinating programs in basic computer skills such as learning to use Microsoft Word and the internet, through eight PCs installed at the IT Hub.

'The Hub programs target community needs for people such as newly arrived migrants and refugees like Somali women who have not had the opportunities to use a computer, as well as those on low incomes, or the unemployed or those with low literacy,' Annerliegh said.

'The Hub was developed out of the general awareness that there was a low level of technical skills among the community and was set up to address their needs.'

Classes run for two hour sessions and there are currently three classes with training delivered by NMIT's partner, Olympic Adult Education.

Another local organisation, Women's Health in the North, is running a class in financial management for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

 

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