Computer skills give learners an edge

2019-05-14 06:01
New learners are taught basic and advanced computer skills at New World Foundation.

New learners are taught basic and advanced computer skills at New World Foundation.

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In a quest to give the community access to important knowledge and skills, the Community Development and Training Centre New World Foundation offers Computer Training to residents.

The Foundation understands the importance of being computer literate, with many opportunities available to those who are knowledgeable on the topic.

It is for this reason that they offer basic and advanced training classes to uplift the community.

“We want to make training opportunities available to our community, to develop personally and to support them in applying for job and study opportunities,” says Daniela Schlichter, project manager.

“General computer knowledge is a must for many job opportunities, but even in job opportunities that do not directly require computer skills in the daily work routine, being computer literate is favourable when applying for job opportunities and developing a career.”

Former student, Gaaziem Rademeyer, speaks from his own experience, which took him from being a learner in the courses to acquiring a job as a trainer at the foundation.

He says: “I signed up for the computer training a few years ago. At that time I didn’t have much knowledge but was eager to learn. I enjoyed the training a lot and I am thankful for everything I could learn. My former teacher helped me to gain knowledge that I will keep for life.”

One of the biggest challenges the community of Lavender Hill and surrounding areas are facing is the high level of unemployment. “Become computer literate and with that, fighting against unemployment is not difficult, and everyone can do it,” says Rademeyer.

The advice he offers to people who want to enter the programme is to remain committed and interested in what is being taught.

He says they teach learners how to use the internet to find good opportunities for themselves. Each computer training course at the foundation runs for about one month. After completing the basic training, learners are able to join the advanced classes to gain more knowledge. After successfully completing a course, participants receive a training certificate.

Part of the computer training is also a free job readiness component, which includes teaching about interviews, communication, conflict resolution, time management and human rights at the workplace.

“Besides gaining practical computer skills, participants gain confidence for a better future. In today’s time, it’s no more pen and paper, but keyboard and mouse,” says Rademeyer.

The new basic skills class started yesterday, Monday 13 May, with a new intake set for Wednesday 3 July.

V For more information or to sign up, visit New World Foundation at Grindal Avenue, Lavender Hill or contact them on 021 701 1150.

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