The Training Collective, spin off company of multi-award winning company The Creative Collective, were honoured last night at the prestigious national 2014 ANZIAs (Australia New Zealand Internet Awards) held in Melbourne, taking out the hotly contested and penultimate award of the evening, the Access & Digital Skills category, in recognition of their work developing and delivering the 12 week online Get Up To Speed program.
Category finalists included the Australian Communications and Media Authority Cyber Safety program, iiNet and the Deaf Society of NSW making the win a real victory for the Sunshine Coast training organisation who have continued to offer the program without any Government funding or other sponsorships for the past 18 months from their Sunshine Coast base.
The Get Up To Speed program has now helped over 650 people across Australia and New Zealand gain essential digital skills and awareness, with outcomes wide and varied.
“We’ve helped businesses to learn how to appear on the front page of Google and receive a higher level of traffic, enquiry and sales; businesses which were flailing to learn about how to effectively market online who have been able to flourish again with new skills and knowledge; people to find employment when previously they had not been employable; people to make career changes from something they were not passionate about to something they love and just generally gain the essential digital skills they needed to survive in the digital age,” says founder and CEO of The Training Collective, Yvette Adams.
“It’s such rewarding work because we know we are making a real difference to so many people’s lives. We’ve had 17 year olds do the program and 70 year olds do the program. We’ve worked with people in major metropolitan cities from big corporations through to start ups and people in very rural and remote communities. We’ve helped very non technical people, and very tech savvy do the program, and all get something out of it which makes it a very unique program indeed. But even more powerful is that each of the people who do the program in turn help many others in their region – their schools, committees, friends, family, colleagues etc. with their new found knowledge and skills.”
Adams says whilst individuals in her organisations and the company have been recognised in the past (she is also the founder of The Creative Collective and awardshub.com), this is actually the first award that her team have been recognised for their work.
“We’re hoping that this win will give the program the boost it needs to continue to be offered into the future and that we may even be able to secure new funding sources to keep the program at an accessible price point for the many thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who are struggling to keep up with the digital age, and who need this essential digital up-skilling to survive. This award also proves that it is a quality program with real outcomes and as such it should be supported.”
Intake 6 of the Get Up To Speed is currently open. See: http://www.thetrainingcollective.com.au/guts.