Kath Black offers a helping hand to nervous adult IT novices in our community. Kath, who is Head of IT at Marlborough St Mary’s, has just received a £3500 boost from The Start Up Loan Company via SWIG Finance. The loan will cover many of Kath’s operational costs as she offers three new adult education computer skills courses as well as one to one tutorials.
Back in March Kath’s ‘Computer for the Terrified’ course was in full swing when lockdown prevented it from continuing. Kath told marlbrough.news, “Ironically just when people really needed to upskill and make the most of what’s available on-line the course had to stop.
The way things are going people are going to need to be competent IT users. Many people are reaching out and don’t know where to start. I’m also keen to educate about internet safety. I hope my courses will provide a service for the community.”
Kath is offering three different evening classes. ‘Computer for the Terrified’ is for complete beginners and will help participants stay safe online while teaching them about basic Microsoft Office Programs including email.
‘Making the most of your computer’ will also include internet safety and anti-virus advice together with file organisation, spreadsheets, photos, email attachments and creating leaflets and flyers.
‘Developing your ipad skills’ includes setting up your ipad, how to manage your photos, organise your email and calendar and collaborate with others. This course could also benefit those who are thinking of buying an ipad as Kath has some ipads for participants to try out.
The cost of a 6 week course is £80. Full details are on Kath’s website. Kath had been hoping to start the courses in September but the start date has been delayed to ensure Covid safety.
All courses will be run in very small groups at Marlborough St Mary’s in their new IT suite which has plenty of room for social distancing. The room will be thoroughly cleaned before-hand and is easily accessible.
Kath is also offering one to one sessions or on-line sessions. “I’m keen to engage with people. I can help with creating a CV, and give advice about having a job interview on Skype. I’m sure there are people sitting at home who would benefit from what I have on offer.”
SWIG business manager Sarah Osborn added, “Kath Black IT Education has potential to generate meaningful social impact within the adult learning sector. By enabling individuals to develop digital skills, she is opening new doors and boosting social mobility within her local community.”
Kath can be contacted via :
Marlborough St Mary’s School office , Phone: 01672 513101
Or via her website