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Training - some suggestions

Some training suggestions you might consider in helping to meet your needs.

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Get a head start! There are IT classes coming up at Evesham College if you wish to join a group and get professional teacher-led training - rather than being left to work it out for yourself at some 'drop-in' facility. You'll also find suggestions for professional training being brought to your home.

For more information: Contact me by phone or use the form on the Contact me page. For home-based training costs visit the terms page.

South Worcestershire College logoIT Courses Spring Term 2015 at Evesham Campus!

Course: Improve your IT Skills

Tuesdays 19.00-21.00.
Runs 8 weeks from 20th Jan.  Price £80.00

On this course you will learn a variety of computer skills including Word, Spreadsheets and Presentation skills. The course is ideal for sole traders or small businesses providing you with the skills needed to organise your files and a simple accounts system.
Coursecode: 141ECON102

Course: Leisure Computing for Beginners

Fridays 10.00-12.00.
Runs 8 weeks 23rd Jan.  Price £80.00

This course is for absolute beginners and will help you gain confidence in the use of Windows. You will learn how to switch on, use a mouse, how to use Word and how to save and find documents you have created. You will learn how to use the Web and Email. The course is designed to be fun and a launchpad for gaining new skills.
Coursecode: 141ECON100

Course: More Leisure Computing

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Fridays 14.00-16.00.
Runs 8 weeks from 23rd Jan.  Price £80.00

If you have done some computing and want to gain more confidence this course is for you. The course will include a focus on wider use of the internet - for example shopping and banking "online" how Skype is used, email with attachments and online security. It will also include management of files and folders as well as use of picture files - for example in Word and getting them from your camera to the computer.
Coursecode: 141ECON101

Interested!? Contact Enrolments 01386 712601 or speak to Jane Dunn 01386 712648 - Jane can also enrol you.

Handling digital image files

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Seems to me a lot of us take photos with our mobiles or cameras these days and then don't really know what to do with them.

What if you want to show them on your main computer or place them in a presentation or make a card using one of your photos... The aim of this training is to help you get your photos onto your desktop or laptop and be able to use for your needs.

Word-processing - need help with using Microsoft Word for creating documents?

The aim of this training is to provide you with the skills needed to make better use of Word for whatever word-processing you wish to do - perhaps letter writing, documents, working on your latest novel, perhaps marketing, maybe mail-merging for mailshots.

Planning to run a business? You'll need spreadsheets!

If you are running, or considering running, your own business then spreadsheets will come in handy. It is great for organising your accounts, and is also often used for building client address lists.

Progress with IT - options notice board pictureBespoke training

Aside from the suggested training, offered here, much of the training I deliver is actually 'bespoke', with people telling me what they want to learn - training is then organised around personal needs. So if none of what is on offer here fits your needs we can look at it together.

Technical support
Please note however, this is IT training on offer - not technical support. If you need the latter then you might check out the link for Costswold Laptops + PCs off the home page.

Getting familiar with your Computer

Getting started using Windows

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Getting up close and familiar with Windows platform (and versions).  If you are at a loss on how to use your PC or laptop this suggested course will certainly give you the helping hand, the kick start, to build your confidence in taking control of your machine.

Learn how to manage your files and folders

So often people will say to me that they have saved a file but don't know where - and now can't find it.  Do this training and you will know where you have put all your files - and further it will help you to organise them better too!

Progress with IT - picture of 3 Ws in boxLearn about using the Web

If you are new to using the Internet/World Wide Web, or have used it but don't really know what you are doing, then this suggested training will put you in the picture as to what it is all about and the tricks and tips for getting around it.

Using email - best practices

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Email is so important these days, having almost replaced letter writing for many of us.  It is important then that you know your way around, and feel confident using your emailer, whether just sending messages or adding and downloading attachments.

Using voice and video calling

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Probably a large number of us have heard of voice and video calling under the name of 'Skype.' This is a really useful service for anyone needing to keep up links with family and friends living elsewhere in the country or abroad. On proviso you have a desktop, laptop or mobile that can handle Skype you have a wonderful opportunity at your disposal - and fun too! Skype to Skype calls are free.

Create attractive presentations

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The aim here is to make the best use of PowerPoint as a means of producing beautiful presentations to send out to family and friends or to support giving talks about your hobby or interest, or, if running a business, as a marketing device.

Get in touch

Length of training: Depending on your general IT skills, and training required, training usually takes one or two sessions. Each session is two hours long. In my experience it is difficult to make good progress in sessions shorter than two hours.

So, if any of the suggestions here grab you, get in touch by phone or use the form on the Contact me page. For training costs visit the terms page. Meanwhile the following examples of two training outlines will give you a taste of what is covered in more depth.

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