Free IT courses on offer at the library

Published on: 04 Aug 2014

SOUTH Gloucestershire and Stroud College has joined up with Downend Library to provide a free18-week IT course for those looking to return to work or who wish to keep up with technology.

The sessions are designed to give learners an introduction to developing basic skills in using a range of information and communications technology. 

Course content includes basic computer skills, producing word processed documents, internet research and email. Recent participants on the course include:


Ruth has lived in Downend all her life. Taking the computer course has “taken the mystery of the computer away”. Ruth took the course to access information and browse the internet. She recently bought an old-fashioned mincer on-line having been unable to find one in the shops.

Janet Pitman

Since attending the course, Janet now prepares the accounts for the Rolls Royce Retirement Club on her home PC. She is also treasurer of the Royal Naval Association – this involves booking holidays, coaches and accommodation on-line. She also emails her contacts, downloads music and shops on-line.

Audrey Carey

Audrey says she has particularly benefited from learning to create word processed documents such as letters and posters, as well as browsing the internet. She is hoping to get an iPad and begin researching her family history.

“I’d advise anyone to take the computer course as it could lead to many openings in both work and leisure activities”.

IT tutor Sarah Parker from SGS College, who runs the course, says: “The course is suitable for people looking to return to work, perhaps after a period of unemployment or after having children, as well as for those breaking into technology for the first time”.

Sessions for the IT course take place on Tuesdays from 9.30am-12.30pm. To book a place on the next course beginning Tuesday September 9, just ask one of the library staff or call them on 01454 868006.

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College also run courses at Emersons Green and Winterbourne libraries

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