Bacchus launches a digital training program | Local company

LAST Friday, the Ministry of Digital Transformation, in collaboration with the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Program (YTEPP), launched a functional digital literacy program.

It was so well received by the public that the recording was almost at capacity on Saturday, the ministry said in a press release on Saturday.

Digital Transformation Minister Hassel Bacchus said that while he was not surprised by the adoption, he was encouraged by the response from the public, who welcomed the opportunity for personal advancement with open arms and national.

The functional digital literacy program is in its first cycle and will be followed by many other ministry offerings as part of its suite of digital skills projects. It relies on partnerships with training and development agencies and organizations to deliver this program.

As the ministry’s digital skills program expands during the year, digital literacy courses for intermediate and advanced participants will be rolled out, working with organizations with which the GoRTT has already entered into company agreements, as well as with other vocational training providers, the ministry said.

Different demographic groups will be targeted, using specialized delivery formats and classes for people over 65 and for younger students. These will cover a variety of topics including robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR).

“We are working ‘towards our digital future’, and a big part of our vision is to provide opportunities for as many of our employees as possible to interact with technology in meaningful ways, to understand the capabilities of smart devices that we use, and feel empowered to participate in the digital world,” Bacchus said.

In its first stage, the Functional Digital Literacy course with YTEPP Limited will be available in a fully online format and will focus on topics such as: using the computer to access the internet safely; effectively use the Internet and send electronic mail (e-mail); create a Microsoft Word document; use Microsoft at the basic level; complete and submit online forms; and the use of online government services.

According to the findings of the 2021 Digital Inclusion Survey conducted by the Trinidad and Tobago Telecommunications Authority (TATT), more than 70% of households have working fixed broadband internet service (internet subscription fixed).

The cultural change that the Ministry of Digital Transformation aims to achieve is citizens’ understanding of the potential and uses of the Internet as a basic good/service, and harnessing its creative and economic potential for digital transformation. , the ministry said.

The Ministry of Digital Transformation and YTEPP Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in providing digital and life skills training for 1,000 citizens initially. The delivery of the virtual course “Functional Digital Literacy” is done via the Moodle online platform.

For enrollees who do not have access to e-learning devices, such as desktop or laptop computers, or a reliable internet connection, arrangements will be made for them to use the Access Centers Ministry ICT and YTEPP Centers located in Trinidad and Tobago.

Many more people will be able to take advantage of the free digital training as the program scales up significantly in the coming weeks and months, the ministry said.

Bacchus was appointed Minister of Digital Transformation on July 12, 2021, after serving as Minister at the Ministry of Public Administration and Digital Transformation from August 2020.

For more information on the digital literacy program and additional digital skills training, individuals can visit the ministry’s website at www.mdt.gov.tthttp://www.mdt.gov.tt.