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Free Computer Courses?

By ThatGuy - 21 January 2010 26

I heard my friend speak something that I almost thought was jibberish the other day.  She said ‘I don’t know how to use a computer’.  I almost fell over.

This all came about because I am attempting to get her out of a rutt with her employment.  Yet there seems to be a fairly large catch 22 with this:

Can’t use a computer –> misses out on good job opportunities –> can’t get a job with a decent salary –> doesn’t have the salary to be able to afford a computer course = can’t use a computer.

I know for a while that there was a free seniors computing course being held in Belconnen.  Does anyone know of any free or cheap basic computer courses provided around Canberra?  I haven’t been able to find anything through the normal mediums.

What’s Your opinion?


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Free Computer Courses?
Spam Box 8:06 pm 21 Jan 10

If she’s unemployed then Centreline will pay for it

toriness 6:59 pm 21 Jan 10

yawn @ hellspice.

icepoet – i was going to say the same. i thought centrelink had all sorts of courses they actually made people do to get them skilled up and gainfully employed (i learnt this because of someone i knew who chose to be unemployed for a while).

el 5:46 pm 21 Jan 10

astrojax said :

sloppery said :

I’m sure there’s more to the story, but isn’t this something you learn in school (if not before)?

didn’t have such new fangled things like computers when i was in school – mebbe this is an older job-seeker…

It’s entirely possible for anyone over the age of 30 to have not had access to computers in school.

astrojax 5:08 pm 21 Jan 10

sloppery said :

I’m sure there’s more to the story, but isn’t this something you learn in school (if not before)?

didn’t have such new fangled things like computers when i was in school – mebbe this is an older job-seeker…

Nick Sundance 3:57 pm 21 Jan 10
johnny_the_knife 3:48 pm 21 Jan 10

There is a lot of nationally accredited (eg Cert II, III, IV) government funded training available for people who receive an unemployment benifit. This means the training is very cheap or free. The best bet would be to contact a registered training organisation (RTO).

I can reccomend Mantra Training and Development in Gunaghlin (www.mantratraining.com.au).

spinact 3:30 pm 21 Jan 10

hellspice said :

you might want to look at jobs in the public service, apparently the less computer skills you have the more likley your going to end up in a position that needs them, when said position dosnt work out you will get promoted. Sorry had to say it 🙂

Lack of computer skills only cuts it in the public service if you’re a Senior Executive.

Icepoet 3:03 pm 21 Jan 10

I’m sure that Centrelink actually have provisions for people on benefits to apply for a small amount of money to use for further training. I would suggest giving them a call or making an appointment to ask about what she is entitled to and I’m sure she’d be able to make a good case for some funding to do one of the CIT courses.

I haven’t looked at them for a while but I know CIT do ‘take home’ courses in computing where you are given all the materials and only attend the CIT to take the exams, but the suitability of that would depend on your friends confidence and level of basic computer skills (ie. does he/she know how to turn it on and how to open programs).

Swaggie 2:53 pm 21 Jan 10

Ah…a product of the Nanny generation…..do everything for me, nothing’s my fault, everyone owes me a living etc etc. Tell her to get off her fat arse and get a text book on whatever course she wants from the library or heaven forbid buy one from a bookshop!

niftydog 2:15 pm 21 Jan 10

Define “cheap”? Tried CIT ACE? Basic PC course is $195 for 15 hours of tuition.

Otherwise perhaps she needs to approach Centrelink and ask to be put on some training.

Don’t know if that’s how it works these days, but many moons ago I got stuck on some god awful “retail sales person” training course for a week by the then DSS. I hated every second of it, but by the end of the week I had a job offer via a reference from the trainer. I was in that job for the next 4 years and it basically kick started my career.

bd84 2:05 pm 21 Jan 10

There are normally fairly decent computing for beginners courses run by the adult education providers at most ACT Colleges. Otherwise both CIT and ANU offer similar adult education courses, which I think may be a bit more expensive.

hellspice 2:03 pm 21 Jan 10

you might want to look at jobs in the public service, apparently the less computer skills you have the more likley your going to end up in a position that needs them, when said position dosnt work out you will get promoted. Sorry had to say it 🙂

deye 1:38 pm 21 Jan 10

If I remember correctly the CIT ACE courses are fairly cheap if you can’t find any free ones.
Alternatively ask in the resource centre on the ground floor of the griffin centre they might know of some.

troll-sniffer 1:34 pm 21 Jan 10

A three second google search threw up http://www.pcug.org.au.

No doubt a slightly longer search would throw up even more clues.

Perhaps the both of you need some form of computer education.

sloppery 1:21 pm 21 Jan 10

I’m sure there’s more to the story, but isn’t this something you learn in school (if not before)?

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