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E-learning receives funding boost

The aged care sector has received a grant in a $600,000 initiative to assist businesses integrate e-learning into their workforce.

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) will receive $50,000 for a one-off industry project to develop a workforce development plan incorporating online training for aged care.

The project will be run in Queensland and Western Australia with the Australian Institute of Care Development.

ACSA CEO, Greg Mundy said the grant program would help determine the future role of e-learning in aged care.

“We have been running an e-learning service for members for a number of years but it has never really taken off,” he said.

“In theory, the technology should be something that works for us but we have tried a number of strategies without great success. So this funding is really quite timely.”

The funding for the project will be provided by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.

The framework’s E-learning Business Manager Jenny Dodd, said there had been significant interest in the funding scheme from a range of industries.

“More industries are beginning to see what e-learning has to offer,” she said.

“Staff benefit from consistent, quality training which can be accessed at any time or place while businesses benefit from competent, confident staff.”

The project should be completed by Christmas.

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