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GTA chief backs digital vision

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PLANS to increase the digital literacy of Guernsey's workforce have been praised by the interim chief of the Guernsey Training Agency.

PLANS to increase the digital literacy of Guernsey's workforce have been praised by the interim chief of the Guernsey Training Agency.

Elaine Monkhouse, pictured, welcomed Commerce and Employment minister Kevin Stewart's Project Proteus – a vision to put Guernsey at the top of technologically-advanced and enabled jurisdictions.

'We are very supportive of it,' said Dr Monkhouse. 'It would be fantastic if we can leapfrog to that level of digital literacy on the island.'

However, Dr Monkhouse acknowledged there was a long way to go to get Project Proteus up and running.

'We should not underestimate the complexity of making it happen. It's the understanding of what needs to happen next. This is also true in terms of skills and education.'

There is already provision at the GTA for IT courses, she said.

'We already run technology-related courses, everything from basic skills to courses for IT professionals and social media skills. We are also launching a new series of courses aimed at senior managers to make them more comfortable with social media and information security.'

Dr Monkhouse said that the university centre aimed to increase the number of IT-based courses on offer.

'The need for and breadth of IT courses is only going to grow, in particular at the user end as much as the specialist end.'

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