Bringing digital skills to Wagga Wagga

Today, Grow with Google came to Wagga Wagga for the first time, helping local businesses, community organisations, teachers and students, and locals pick up vital new digital skills.

The Grow with Google program aims to provide all Australians with access to digital skills training online and in-person, to help them make the most of the Internet.

Caption: Googler Hayley Yu shares small business tips with Wagga businesses.

At today’s event held at the International Hotel in Wagga Wagga, more than 100 local businesses learned how to grow their presence online and engage customers, teachers gained tips for engaging students in learning opportunities, and individuals at all stages of the digital journey picked up new skills.

They were joined at the workshops by Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack and Google Australia’s Country Director Mel Silva.

Caption: Google Australia Country Director Mel Silva with Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack.

There are tremendous opportunities for those who take advantage of digital tools, especially in regional communities where it can help level the playing field. But many people are unsure how to go about it, which is something we’re helping to address through Grow with Google.

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.

A report released by AlphaBeta earlier this month found that Google’s advertising and productivity platforms were helping more than a million Aussie businesses and had helped deliver business benefits of $35 billion so far this year.

Caption: Wagga Wagga Chamber of Commerce Board Member Rhys Bower with Google Australia Country Director Mel Silva.

Grow with Google aims to create opportunity for all Australians to grow their skills, careers, and businesses with free tools, training, and events. It 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 Burnie Tasmania on Friday 11 October. Find out more at: