City : Learning Curve : ICT
Why is it important?
Technology is getting more and more important in our modern world and it is increasingly becoming something that employers will look for when they are hiring. Having some IT skills and qualifications on your CV could mean all the difference when you are applying for a job. So what are you waiting for?
First Steps in IT
New Directions provides a basic course which aims to introduce learners to IT for the first time. The course lasts five weeks and introduces learners to the key basics like using the mouse, keyboard, searching on the internet and using email. For more information on the course ring their helpline on 0345 8420012 to ask any questions.
New Directions also runs IT workshops which allows each learner to go through the material at their own pace with an individual learning plan where students can make the most of resources such as text books, websites and New Directions virtual learning.
Activia training centre based in Reading organises courses in a number of IT areas, in particular the Microsoft package, which really impresses future employers
Connexions Berkshire also has a number of IT courses available
Reed has a number of listings of courses in different areas of IT
European Computer Driving License
The European Computer Driving License is an internationally recognised qualification in computer skills. The qualification is recognised and respected and ensures that the student is proficient in the use of ICT. The skills you learn will be able to help you not only with using ICT for work, but also for personal use and even as a student at school. There is further information on the website: ECDL
Where can I get more information?
Other Useful Resources
Computer Literacy and Information Technology
CLAiT is a qualification offered by OCR which has a number of levels that is designed to build and develop skills in IT. It aims to teach students starting from the basics of IT hardware and software and to build their confidence and knowledge of IT.
Where can I find out more information?:
Touch Typing Skills
Being able to touch type is something that will help you in any job where you come into contact with a computer. It is a useful skill not only for work, but also for your own personal life.
Links to Touch Typing sites: (this would be better done on a full screen computer rather than a smart phone)
For a huge number of touch typing links try Laptop typing tutorials
Don't forget once you've learned to touch type you should put your speed in wpm (Words Per Minute) on your CV.