Students face future with skills
Desiree Carter needed computer skills. Her husband is a cancer patient and she is preparing to support herself after 29 years out of the workforce.
Unemployed man John Taylor tried to apply for jobs at WINZ but couldn’t work the computer there.
Solo dad Michael Sefo felt like a ‘‘dinosaur’’ next to his kids, who were clamouring for a computer to do their homework.
These three joined 40 others who graduated from a free 10- week Computers in Homes course at Porirua RSA last Wednesday. All graduates were given a second-hand computer to take home and keep, and six months’ free broadband internet.
Now that they have a computer their lives will change for the better, graduates were told by Graham Kelly, a Computers in Homes trustee.
‘‘The world’s your oyster. When you get that computer home you can apply for any job you want.’’
Graduates’ kids will also get a head-start in life, Mr Kelly said.
‘‘They’re now getting a chance in life to compete.’’
People without computer skills will struggle to get work, Mr Kelly said: ‘‘That’s the world we live in and people who don’t live there get left behind, badly.’’
Computers in Homes is for unemployed or low income people who have school-age children at home. Over 10 weeks, students learn how to use email, powerpoint and word processing and how to browse the internet.
Graduate Desiree Carter’s can-
Upskilled: Computers in Homes graduates Michael Sefo, Desiree Carter and John Taylor are facing a brighter future with their own computers and the skills to use them.