Australia and New Zealand’s leading contributors to the use and development of the Internet have been recognised, with 29 finalists announced for the 2014 ANZIAs (Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards).
The ANZIAs recognise organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering accessible, innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community, on the Internet – both in Australia and New Zealand. The awards are a collaboration between .au Domain Administration Ltd (www.auda.org.au) and InternetNZ (www.internetnz.net.nz).
Sunshine Coast based business, The Training Collective, a spin off company of The Creative Collective, have been announced as one of the finalists in the ‘Access & Digital Skills’ category with their hugely successful Get Up To Speed program which will see them go up against iiNET, The Deaf Society of NSW and the Australian Communications and Media Authority for their Cybersmart Program at the finals.
Over 650 people from around Australia & NZ have completed the 12 week Get Up To Speed online program since 2012, and the program is currently open for its 6th half yearly. The program aims to help give participants essential digital skills. People from as young as 17 and as old as over 70 years have completed the program, with many success stories achieved – from people gaining employment who had previously been unable to, people starting online businesses and people growing their online presence enormously.
Yvette Adams, the founder and director of The Training Collective says whilst her company have been named as finalists and winners in awards programs recognising the company’s achievements or individual’s within the company, this is the first time one of their products has been recognised.
“We’re really proud to have collaborated with a great team of people back in 2012 when we first got this program off the ground including Broadband Today, Sunshine Coast Council, Montague Consulting and the Australasia Leadership Academy, and despite the program no longer being Government funded today, we are proud to still be continuing to offer this program at a really low price point to ensure it is as accessible as possible, as we believe it is much needed in the marketplace.”
Adams has been quoted in the media on numerous occasions for saying that ‘digital literacy is the new financial literacy’ and says the program helps people to become more digitally literate.
“Whether you are a parent wanting to keep up with your children and their use of technology, a professional wanting to ensure your skills stay current and you are therefore employable, you want to start an online business or are already running your own business, it is essential today to have digital skills,” says Adams. “This program helps build those skills in quite a profound way.”
Winners of the ANZIA awards will be announced on Monday 25 August, at the gala awards dinner at Crown, Melbourne. For more information about the awards see: www.internetawards.org.au.
The Training Collective media contacts:
Laura Byrne, The Creative Collective (sister company of The Training Collective)
07 545 11315 or 04 8732 7048
ANZIA Awards media contacts:
Australia: Helen Hollins
Ph: +61 3 8341 4111
New Zealand: David Cormack
Ph: +64 4 495 2332