27 July 2010

Charity Computers - No Government Funding...

| CanberraDude
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I was going to attend Charity Computers in Charnwood so that I could attain my Cert III in computer hardware.

I recently found out that the course has been cancelled because there was no government funding. Great, thanks a lot Labor!

Is there anyone on here who knows someone in politics or something that can get this place some funding?

I really need to do this course because without the Cert III it’s really hard to get my foot in the door for the I.T. field. (Even help desk).

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OP wrote: Is there anyone on here who knows someone in politics or something that can get this place some funding?

In politics or something? Something? Hold on mate, ill just call Julia and ask for ya. She lives across from me on Stuart Avenue and im sure she wont mind.

You would not get much or of Charity Computers anyway, not very good, try Mission Australia in Belconnon.

amarooresident35:06 pm 27 Jul 10

There is probably a very good reason why they didn’t get funding, like not meeting the criteria as a registered training organisation.

As others have said, explore the Productivity Places Program through CIT. Plenty of computer courses thre.

I’d even argue that a cert III isn’t that special. I’d be looking at the CIT courses as well. As someone who works in IT a cert III from charity computers is unlikely to open many doors for you, but could give you RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) for a cert IV at CIT.

Alternatively, look at studying for some microsoft or other industryt certifications. these are technically free to study (although a $100 text book is useful) and then you pay for the exam (~$200). The certifications probably have a much higher standing in the IT industry even though everyone has them, they are like a defacto minimum for some jobs.

Tony said :

A certificate from CIT is much more value and credible then a certificate from “Charity Computers”.

What about a Certificate IV in Information Technology (Websites) from the Canberra Makeup Academy – I kid you not http://www.det.act.gov.au/vhe/funded_programs/productivity_places_program/js_places

Uni? UC has some good courses and they are HECS supported

I believe that the OP is referring to training funded through the Productivity Places Program which provides funding for skills training in areas where there is deemed a skills shortage. The program reviews the courses funded every six months to balance the number of people trained against need. In the recent review they obviously decided that we already have enough help desk level IT workers and workplace trainers but needed more hairdressers and security guards.

Look up the available courses at http://productivityplacesmis.deewr.gov.au/public/default.aspx

Defiantly look into CIT instead. A certificate from CIT is much more value and credible then a certificate from “Charity Computers”.

Approach IT business and local ISPs and ask if they have a program which would allow you to do some work experience for them.

CIT does have some funding available at present to give unemployed people free access to courses – you might want to give them a ring.

CIT offers these courses for mature age students, and you wont be taking money/services away from a charity. Why would you expect to get training to get an IT job (which will probably pay you pretty well), for free? Why should the government (the taxpayers) pay for you? This sounds like the whingers on here claiming that because they live in public housing, the labor government should fix their heaters and light bulbs and such.. heaven forbid anyone take personal responsibility these days.

On the off chance that you do decide to take personal responsibility, you can check out CITs IT courses available at: http://www.cit.act.edu.au/future/az_courses?result_5904_result_page=I

I’m not sure why they would fund it given that they offer a huge range of computer related courses through CIT (which they fund).

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