The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre have joined as a Digital Springboard delivery partner to bring digital skills training to people seeking asylum in Australia

Digital Springboard is driven by local delivery partners working with communities to deliver the free digital skills courses those communities want to learn.

We provide training to all our partners to help them deliver their chosen courses. Train the trainer sessions may be delivered in-person, in webinars, or via online trainer videos. Last month we delivered face-to-face train the trainer sessions for delivery partners in Footscray, a diverse, multi-cultural suburb in Melbourne’s inner west.

Footscray is also home to the headquarters of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), a Digital Springboard delivery partner and independent not-for-profit organisation whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum.

Abiola Ajetomobi from the ASRC Innovation Hub joined us at our train the trainer day to introduce the day’s program. In her address, she spoke about the importance of Digital Springboard in building the capacity of the people that they support through the ASRC.

“We know very well that a critical gap for people seeking asylum is digital literacy,” said Abiola.

“So many of them have smart phones, so they have access to social media, but when it comes to accessing jobs, understanding job opportunities, tapping into networks, engaging with the community at large… it becomes a bit challenging if you don’t have the right level of digital literacy and knowledge.”

Participants at train the trainer in Footscray
Participants at train the trainer sessions in Footscray, 22 November 2018

ASRC currently supports over 3000 people annually who are seeking asylum, from when they first arrive and they need help talking over the visa process, to navigating accommodation, getting advice about putting their children in schools, finding material aid and legal assistance.

Joining as a Digital Springboard partner means that the ASRC can further enhance their work in meeting the critical unmet needs of people seeking asylum.

Abiola explained that Digital Springboard offers important capacity building opportunities for their staff and volunteers that will better harness the ASRC’s ability to upskill their members around digital skills.

“I thought ‘wow, what a fantastic innovative project,’” she said.

“We know that in Australia volunteers play a huge role in any organisation. So, for Infoxchange and Google to partner together to have this digital literacy and digital capacity building opportunity for our volunteers, our staff, for community members to be able to support one another – I think it’s really phenomenal.”

The ASRC will begin delivering Digital Springboard courses in 2019.

Thank you to the staff and volunteers of ASRC and our other partner organisations for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend our train the trainer day hosted at VU Metro West.

More about the ASRC: www.asrc.org.au