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New training centres in Singapore for seniors to learn IT-skills

Staff Writer |
Starting next month, those aged 50 years and above will have more opportunities to learn IT skills in Singapore.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim announced that at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Silver IT Fest.

Under a new partnership between the People's Association (PA) Senior Academy and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the number of training centres will be tripled from 10 to 30 islandwide.

This includes another 20 community clubs which will offer IT courses for seniors, increasing the number of classes from about 800 to 2,000.

A second initiative, called Learn and Live IT, will also be introduced. A collaboration between IDA, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency and the Lifelong Learning Council, the two-part programme is supported by the LearnSG Seed Fund.

The first part of the programme, called a BIT-a BIT, includes 45-minute to one-hour tutorials to help seniors learn to use mobile devices and apps such as Whatsapp and OneService.

The second component, called the Touch & Click Kakis, focuses on helping seniors improve their IT skills by practising and learning from their peers in an informal setting.

These lessons will be held at accessible locations such as Seniors' Wellness Centres, Community Clubs and shopping malls, and may be paid for using SkillsFuture credit.

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