Remote adult education in high demand in Latvia

The State Education and Development Agency (VIAA) adult education project has received 11,181 applications of which 10,780 are admissible, VIAA said July 24.

Remote study programs are currently available in 11 sectors. The majority, or more than 80% of adult applications, were submitted in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronic and Optical Equipment Industry (9,438 applications), the arts sector in the design and creative industries (3,151 applications) as well as in the transport and logistics sectors (1,239 applications).

In an interview with Latvian Radio, Elina Purmale-Baumane, head of the VIAA Department of Vocational Training Projects, said that the large number of applications in ICT sector pointed to the lack of digital skills. “It is also demonstrated by many studies, including the survey conducted by the OECD, that digital skills in today's society are exactly what is most needed in our country,” said Purmale-Baumane.

She pointed out that remote learning was particularly appreciated by people who, in other circumstances, would not be able to do it – for example, while on parental leave.

Purmale-Baumane noted that the VIAA project would be implemented until 2023, so those who had not been able to apply would still have the option.

She said that some programs could continue to be carried out remotely.

The next application for adult education programs is expected at the end of August and in September.

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