Since 2011 we have reached over 3,500 young people in rural and regional Australia through returning residencies that build upon each engagement before ensuring ongoing commitment from those involved in our creative digital literacy programs. Over the next three years, we hope to double this number providing creative skills development and training in the use of new and emerging technologies; future-proofing our regional youth to take up jobs that haven't even been created yet.
According to a report by the Foundation for Young Australians, jobs of the future will demand 70% more in enterprise skills than jobs of the past. Enterprise skills or transferrable skills are those that will enable young people to adapt to challenging and complex working environments. These skills include:
- digital literacy
- presentation abilities
- communication skills
- critical thinking
- financial literacy
Young people, especially those in rural and regional locations, need our help when it comes to increasing their digital literacy
Today’s students will most likely be employed in jobs which don’t yet exist, using technologies which are yet to be imagined. Yet, teachers are ill-prepared to address these needs.
Teachers are under-supported when it comes to teaching new technology and creativity for the digital future. The resources we will create and launch focus on digital skills and design thinking for a new generation of entrepreneurs, and socially charged artists, helping transform communities and individuals.
We're raising money to help continue what we've been doing: develop new resources for communities, teachers and students in both regional and metropolitan schools.
We are well-positioned to deliver these resources. Since its inception in the 1980s, we have been at the fore of digital media.
The funds raised will enable us to employ artists, writers, film makers, developers and educators. It will allow us to use our vast experience in digital literacy to reach and teach young people and communities across Australia, and support educators as they seek to transform the next generation of creatives and entrepreneurs.