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Getting online in the digital age

Virginia Croft
Thames Reach skills programme developer Virginia Croft

30 April 2015

Thames Reach are working in partnership with London’s largest provider of short courses City Lit to provide a digital skills computer course which is empowering people with little or no IT skills and helping them get online.

The ten-week entry level 3 accredited course is designed for beginners and is held at the Employment Academy in Camberwell.

The first ten-week course was held at the start of the year, the second began earlier this April and a third is planned for early in summer, with recruitment taking place now.

Thames Reach, Skills Programme Developer, Virginia Croft: said: “The course helps clients with their confidence. We have people who are on Job Seekers allowance who are under real pressure to do everything online such as using Universal Job Match to look for jobs. We all need digital skills now to be able to function in the world we are living in.”

City Lit tutor, Aurica Jalba, who teaches the course, offers encouragement and continual support to her clients in a friendly environment. She said: “All of my students are very proud to achieve this qualification. Some students decided to go to the next advanced level.”

Stephan Knight, who completed the first course said: “The tutor was easy to get on with and very helpful. I now know how to open Word documents, attach folders and create short cuts on the computer.”

Response to the course has very been very good. Virginia said: “We can see how big the need is as so far we have signed up 14 people and yet we only have 12 places. So it is on-going; there is a continual need for it. Even though enrolment is full for the course that has just begun, we are now taking names for future courses.”

Anyone interested in signing up for the digital skills course should contact Virginia Croft at: ERHelpdesk@thamesreach.org.uk