Stu­dents face fu­ture with skills

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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