KiwiSkills programme for digital literacy launched

NZ Computer Society unveils scheme to boost ICT skills

The New Zealand Computer Society has launched KiwiSkills, a programme aimed at boosting digital literacy.

At a launch at Microsoft’s headquarters in Auckland last night, NZCS chief executive Paul Matthews noted that digital literacy is still a big issue and that an improvement in it could boost New Zealand’s productivity and lead to a more inclusive society.

Earlier this year, the NZCS released an extensive report on digital literacy. The next question, Matthews said, is how to go about imparting that literacy.

“We need a benchmark, we need to define what the skills we need are,” Matthews said.

With that in mind, the decision was made for KiwiSkills to leverage off the worldwide computer literacy qualification The International Computer Driver’s Licence.

Through the society, voluntary organisations will be allocated ICDL licences and certifications to allow their members to work towards.

The ICDL will be one of the key parts of KiwiSkills, but the overall programme will also leverage other established initiatives such as ECitizen and IC3.

Through the society, voluntary organisations will be allocated ICDL licences and certifications to allow their members to work towards.

KiwiSkills will boost digital literacy in New Zealand through four means; testing and assessment; access; advocacy; and business and community, Matthews said.

Other speakers at the launch event included Microsoft New Zealand country manager Kevin Ackhurst and Manukau East MP and Labour spokesman for small business, Ross Robertson.

Robertson’s presentation emphasised the improvements in SMB productivity that could be achieved through better use of ICT.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags New Zealand Computer Societypaul matthewskiwiskills

Show Comments
[]