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Digital boost for students and businesses


Two new digital projects have been launched in the Goulburn region to help students explore the virtual world of work and boost businesses, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

Shepparton students will be able to immerse themselves in a new e-careers platform developed by local technology company, Spiire.

The platform will provide students with a wide range of work experiences in an easily accessible format, giving them the opportunity to explore seven industry streams including health, community services, construction, manufacturing, transport logistics, agriculture and horticulture.

The project will map out the education pathways from secondary to higher education to help address skills shortages in these local industries.

Students will be able to step into the industries using virtual reality so they can get a taste for what a day on the job would be like and also have access to a web-based platform.

It will see students and career advisors have more informed conversations at school and encourage students to consider more local pathways.

In the Moira Shire Council, another project will examine the challenges felt by local businesses around skills, connectivity and the impacts of working remotely. It will look into what support local businesses need to help them transition online.

The ‘Bridging the Digital Connectivity Gap Survey’ will help Moira Shire Council direct potential future uses of Council infrastructure to ensure regional businesses are not being disadvantaged compared to their metro counterparts.

Both projects have been funded through the $3.5 million Regional Digital Fund, which supports a broad range of small-scale digital projects identified as priorities by the local Regional Partnership. These projects have been supported by the Goulburn Regional Partnership.

Priority projects are rolling out across the state under the Fund, including in Barwon, Central Highlands, Gippsland, Great South Coast, Goulburn, Loddon Campaspe, Mallee, Ovens Murray and Wimmera Southern Mallee regions.

Quotes attributable to Goulburn Regional Partnership Chair Stuart Locke

“The Goulburn Digital Plan highlighted some of the key areas of concern and deficiencies in the Goulburn region – including digital connectivity.”

“We know our region experiences significantly lower levels of digital access than other regional areas and in particular Melbourne so it’s great to see these projects seeking to bridge the digital divide.”

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