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Google brings digital skills training to nation’s capital



Canberrans had the chance to pick up vital new digital skills as free Grow with Google workshops were held in the nation’s capital.

It was great to join more than 500 Canberra businesses, not-for-profit organisations, educators, students, locals who turned out at the Eastlake Football Club to hear from experts on digital tools and tips.

Grow with Google aims to give Australians access to digital skills training, both online and in-person, to help them make the most of the Internet. Since 2014, Google has trained more than half a million people across Australia through online and in-person digital skills training, as well as curriculum integrated through school and partner programs.

At today’s event, local Canberra businesses learned how to grow their presence online and engage customers, educators learned how they could find valuable information and engage students in learning opportunities, and individuals at all stages of the digital journey picked up new skills and tips.

We know there are enormous opportunities for those who take advantage of digital tools, but there’s also a skills gap with many people unsure how to go about it. Grow with Google aims to help business owners, students, teachers, and not-for-profits build their skills, with lessons for people at all stages of the digital journey.

And it seems Canberrans are hungrier than most to learn about small business topics — according to Google Search Trends, Canberrans are more interested in small business as a topic on Google Search than any other state or territory in Australia.

Many Canberra businesses are already doing great things online like Little Sprout, a sustainable toy store that has built a strong digital presence and loyal following with customers.

Grow with Google was launched in March 2019 and includes an online learning hub accessible from anywhere, on any device, with hundreds of handy training modules. The next Grow with Google event will be held in Wagga Wagga on Friday 27 September. Find out more at: g.co/GrowWagga