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Smart cities initiative to erase digital divide

Non-profit organisation wants to create more jobs for at-risk diverse populations

WOS will use digital technology to improve the quality of life for citizens
WOS will use digital technology to improve the quality of life for citizens

Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) has unveiled a smart cities initiative which aims to improve the digital literacy of individuals living in underserved communities.


The non-profit organisation wants to address what it said is the growing need to prepare youth and adults to live and work in what are becoming digital-based urban communities.


WOS plans to expand its “in the community” operations by cultivating relationships with middle- and high-schools to expose students to STEM-based curriculums as well as provide support for adults that need to become more digitally proficient in their everyday lives.


Through the initiative, WOS aims to equip individuals with practical knowledge of digital technologies so they can play a more active role in their communities.


“The WOS goals are to use digital technology to improve the quality of life for residents and utilise a city’s infrastructure more efficiently through the collection and analysis of data,” said Addie Rimmer, director, student learning, WOS. “We know that technology does not fix all problems.”


The smart cities initiative aims to:


Increase the digital literacy of individuals living in underserved communities through providing training with a focus on mastering digital tools and managing their digital presence and participation;


Engage children in STEM education at an early, developmental stage to equip them with the knowledge they need to further succeed in the field;


Close the tech skills gap among recent high school and college graduates as well as adults who are looking to switch careers;


Drive economic opportunity, reduce poverty, and create more jobs for at-risk diverse populations.


“We believe we have a role to play in increasing the digital literacy of our constituents. As employers continue to raise their educational requirements, they also expect employees to be tech savvy,” added Rimmer.


“We can help our constituents master digital tools and learn how to manage their digital presence and participation. The end result is a more engaged citizenry.”


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