Lifelong learning on demand

Adult learning presents it’s own challenges and one Queensland council is taking measures to tackle the issues and provide support for adult learners.

Whitsunday Regional Libraries are launching a free advice line, offering on-demand support for job seekers and adult learners via

Residents can use ‘Lifelong Learning’ online to ask a question about writing and formatting their resume and job applications, as well as to ask for help with literacy and numeracy – from day-to-day maths, to writing better emails and reports, and getting a ‘second pair of eyes’ to look at their writing.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney says that learning doesn’t stop when you leave high school, TAFE, or university.

“Council is dedicated to enriching the lives of residents, to build an even stronger community and economy with our ‘Lifelong Learning’ advice service. We are aiming to help people develop their skills to get a new job or re-enter the workforce. This kind of free, high-quality service will improve job-readiness, improve experience with online tools, and improve literacy and numeracy in adult learners across our community,” Mayor Whitney said.

“All the advice comes from real people, so we are also supporting local employment with the ‘Lifelong Learning’ service.”

The ‘Lifelong Learning’ service was launched at the Proserpine and Bowen Libraries in October. The service is staffed by hundreds of experts, who are waiting online between 3pm and 10pm on weekdays, and all that residents need to log in is a Whitsunday Regional Library member card.

The ‘Lifelong Learning’ service is free, with no need for appointments, no registration and it is available at any computer, whether from home or public access.

‘Lifelong Learning’ builds on the success of the library’s popular ‘yourtutor’ service for school and TAFE students, which was established eight years ago as a free, equal-access, after-school homework centre for families in the community.