With email, web sites, blogs, facebook, Twitter and all the other tools that are so ubiquitous in a student-oriented establishment, it is too easy to forget that there are some for whom even turning on a computer is a still an apprehensive moment.
Newcomers to IT, especially those out of formal learning for some time, need time and individual support. With our limited resources here in the ITLP, we often don’t have the time that is needed. So, looking around and about the University we have found that a local training company TABS deliver IT training for beginners in IT under the Learndirect scheme. For those with no level two qualifications the training is free; the learners commit to attending the TABS training centre one afternoon a week, and to also spend some extra time of their own. Not only do they gain the confidence they need to use a computer, but they also gain a qualification that recognises their new IT competence.
If you are a University member with colleagues who might benefit from this type of support, please get in touch with us.