A pilot program teaching computer skills to people with disabilities is creating new employment opportunities, fostering social inclusion and helping Paynesville locals take on further education and training.
Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall visited Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre today to see the Pilot Program for People with Disabilities in action.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to have contributed more than $25,000 towards the program that is already seeing fantastic outcomes, with participants gaining employment and heading into further study,” Mr Hall said.
“It was wonderful to meet students receiving training tailored to meet their needs and delivered in a supportive environment.”
The pilot program is providing basic computer skills training for special-needs learners with either a physical impairment or low vision.
Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull said it was being delivered by the Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre in partnership with Gippsland Personnel, Noweyung Ltd (a Learn Local organisation), Commonwealth Rehab and the East Gippsland Shire Council.
“Learn Local organisations are the grassroots of community education, giving everyone the opportunity to learn new skills,” Mr Bull said.
Mr Hall said the Paynesville Neighborhood Centre was a small Learn Local that delivered a range of training focused on developing information technology, career development and job preparation skills.
“On behalf of the Coalition Government I would like to congratulate the Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre on the wonderful role it has played in supporting the local community for over 20 years,” Mr Hall said.