illuminance Solutions have been running several training programs for Indigenous Australians in collaboration with UniHall (UWA) since 2018, and now illuminance Solutions and The University of Notre Dame Australia have teamed up to tackle digital literacy in Broome’s Indigenous community. The tailored training programs will teach people the basics of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel in addition to use of online services, general search engine and research basics. The first of four training sessions in 2020 will roll out at the university’s Broome Campus in February this year and be taught by illuminance Solutions’ staff on site, and the training sessions are open to students as well as all age groups in the Indigenous community.
Digital literacy is essential for all Australians, and illuminance Solutions answered to the awareness week National Reconciliation Week in 2018 with the launch of illuminance Training’s program to teach essential technology skills for improving basic digital skills and introduction to Microsoft Office 365 software.
“More and more higher education is happening in the online space. Just having the basics in digital literacy is going to open up a whole lot of opportunities that a lot of people haven’t had access to before. A lot of Aboriginal people live in remote places and find it difficult to leave their communities for education.” – Gillian Kennedy, The University of Notre Dame Australia Broome Campus. From NIT.com.au article published 8th November 2019, first announcing the planned training program.
The University of Notre Dame Australia has one of its three campuses in Broome, and ranked number one in Australia for overall quality of undergraduate educational experience in the Student Experience Survey (June 2018). There are about 160 students enrolled in the Broome campus, which specialises in nursing, Aboriginal studies, Vocational Education and tertiary pathways.
“The program that will be offered on our campus in Broome, to the Kimberley Aboriginal Community, is in keeping with the University’s reconciliation mission. We are looking forward to contributing to the education of people who are very important to our University.” Professor Selma Alliex, Pro Vice Chancellor & Head of Fremantle Campus, University of Notre Dame Australia.
illuminance Solutions is a Microsoft Gold Partner and a 2019 Microsoft Global Partner of the Year: Partner for Social Impact.