translated from Spanish: Sence launches technological training program for the elderly “Digital Adult”

The Minister of Labor and Social Security, Patricio Melero, accompanied by the First Lady, Cecilia Morel, the Undersecretary of Labor, Fernando Arab, the national director of the Sence, Ricardo Ruiz de Viñaspre and the Mayor of Providencia, Evelyn Matthei, participated in the launch of eight online training courses “Digital Adult”, aimed at promoting the digitalization of older adults throughout the country. The courses are Cybersecurity in digital learning environments: Basic computing; Communication in digital environments; Project formulation and evaluation; Ideas to grow your business; Leadership, Digital Marketing and Teamwork. In the selection were considered the courses with the highest number of registrations in people over 60 years, and also courses linked to the development of essential skills to develop in a digital environmentThe launch meeting was held at the Espacio Mayor Center, dependent on the commune of Providencia, instance in which the authorities highlighted the importance of integrating the almost 3 million older adults in Chile, which is equivalent to 16% of the population, to the digital age through more accessible tools. Sence’s “Digital Adult” program seeks precisely to deliver competencies that help improve the digital education of older adults, through training in areas such as Information Technology; Entrepreneurship, Languages; Duties, Rights and Inclusion; Socio-emotional skills among others. The Minister of Labor and Social Security, Patricio Melero, explained that according to the analysis of registrations to online courses of Sence, today the participation of people over 60 years old represents only 1.19% of the total, with 8,754 registrations, of which 63.5% belong to men and 36.5% to women.” Our goal is to increase that number, reaching more older adults with these courses that are free and unlimited and are available to all people over 60 who have a computer, tablet or smatrphone, to connect and perform the trainings on the days and times that best suit them, “said the Ministro.La first lady and who leads the “Best Adult” program, Cecilia Morel, stressed that “one of the premises of our “Better Adult” program is that our elderly people integrate into society, that they make networks, that they do not isolate themselves, that they are connected. And this program – Digital Adult – seeks just that, that they are not left behind and that technology helps to improve their quality of life. We call on seniors to inform themselves and dare in these Sence courses that are free and simple; it’s never too late to learn. Technology inserts us and makes our lives easier, we can’t stay behind.” For his part, the Undersecretary of Labor, Fernando Arab, emphasized that “older people are fully in force in the world of work, but sometimes they do not have the digital and technological skills to stay active, so these courses seek to end this gap. We want there to be no excuse for older adults to feel and stay active if they wish.” The courses are now available on the platform easily accessible and quickly registered. On the form of registration and the modality of online trainings, the National Director of the Sence, Ricardo Ruiz de Viñaspre, explained that “older adults should only look for, in, the Digital Adult courses. They enroll and can quickly start courses, at any time and place they deem. The idea, from Sence, is to make them part of each of our benefits and courses”.

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