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New grants to boost skills opportunities for productive Seniors



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Tuesday 29 January 2013

New grants to boost skills opportunities for productive Seniors

Local community training providers and not-for-profit community groups in Wakefield can now apply for grants of between $5000 and $20,000 to deliver courses tailored to seniors.

Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion today encouraged local community organisations and training providers to take advantage of grants available under Labor’s new $4.2 million Productive Ageing through Community Education grant program.

This year the Gillard Government is providing up to 200 grants to expand face-to-face and online course offerings that support seniors to remain active, healthy and engaged in the community.

Grants are available to deliver new courses, or tailor existing courses, across a range of topics - from fitness and healthy living to foreign languages, computer skills and volunteering.

“Lifelong learning is critical to remaining active, healthy and engaged,” Nick Champion said.

“The Productive Ageing program is about providing more opportunities to take part in local courses tailored to the needs and interests of seniors.

“We all benefit from the immense value that older Australians add to our community, workplaces and economy.”

“Our ageing population means harnessing the knowledge and life experience of older Australians is more important than ever.

“In a changing society, community education provides seniors with the opportunity to develop the new skills needed to continue contributing to the community and the economy if they choose.

Grant applications are open now with information on how to apply available at www.innovation.gov.au/patce.

Media Contact: Mathew Werfel 8284 2422 - 0417 805 384

Media Release Nick Champion MP Federal Member for Wakefield