TAFE NSW tech partnership aims to boost digital literacy for students

A new partnership between TAFE NSW and Adobe aims to boost students' digital literacy

TAFE NSW is working with Adobe to enhance digital literacy skills across NSW, as it becomes the first VET provider in Australia to achieve the status of Adobe Creative Campus.

The collaboration provides TAFE NSW students and employees with access to a suite of tools for graphic design, video editing, web development and photography, including applications such as Express, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

It comes as a McKinsey report estimates 87 per cent of today’s jobs in Australia now require digital literacy. 

TAFE NSW Director Media, Art, Design & Entertainment, Richard Cass said: “As an Adobe Creative Campus, TAFE NSW joins an exclusive group of global education providers who share a commitment to ensuring students and employees have the digital literacy skills required in today’s digital world.

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“Digital literacy isn’t something limited to technological occupations, it’s something that all Australians need for the workplace of the future – and this partnership is helping set our students up for success in their career.

“Having access to innovative and creative technologies is helping to transform our classrooms, improve collaboration and efficiency in our workforce, and opening doors for new and exciting educational opportunities.”

Creating better student outcomes

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Photography, Screen and Media, and Games Development, Craig Daalmeijer-Power said he has seen first-hand the wonderful student outcomes that come through being an Adobe Creative Campus.

“It’s a great opportunity to not only be the first vocational education and training provider to achieve the status of Adobe Creative Campus, but also to be able to further help students excel their digital literacy skills and enhance their employability and creativity.

“Creativity isn’t for the select few but is an essential skill that allows for the development of ideas, improved productivity, and looking at challenges from new and innovative perspectives. By unlocking access to digital literacy and creativity, we can help meet the skills needs of businesses across the state.”

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Developing skills for tomorrow’s workforce

Director for Strategic Initiatives in Higher Education at Adobe, Sebastian Distefano said: “In the age of Generative AI, Digital Literacy and Creativity emerge as the cornerstone skills for the modern workforce.

“These abilities enable students to harness the transformative power of AI, and those adept in these skills will lead the charge shaping the future. I am thrilled to witness the transformative partnership between Adobe and TAFE NSW, marking a significant leap forward in digital literacy and creative education across New South Wales.

“By integrating Adobe’s cutting-edge tools into TAFE NSW’s curriculum, we are setting a new standard for educational excellence, ensuring students are not only career-ready but also equipped to lead with innovation and creativity in a digital-first world.”

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