Swiss Post and software giant Microsoft have launched an online initiative to make young people more confident when working with computers.
beesmart is an internet platform which encourages users to work with PCs and the internet via a series of free online training modules. It is intended to help young adults embark upon their professional career.
Swiss Post said in a statement on Thursday that the ability to navigate online platforms was one thing, “the frequent naive handling of personal data on the internet and the correct use of office software are a different matter entirely”.
beesmart.ch had been introduced to close these gaps, it said.
The training platform comprises 72 learning modules in German and 52 in French. A learning tour of eight modules forms the core of the platform. A certificate can be printed upon successful completion of certain training units.
Swiss Post said users could learn how word-processing programmes could be used to produce convincing application letters, how PowerPoint could be used to create a professional presentation of a sports club’s annual results, or how documentation on a future employer could be located quickly via the internet.
As a trainer of some 2,000 young people and a communications service provider which is offering more and more services electronically, Swiss Post said it played an important role in Switzerland's digital economic area.
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