West Cork Business & Computer Training (WCBCT) secures funding to upskill 100 people

The WCBCT Centre has been chosen to partner ICS Skills to provide internet training to 4,500 people around the country to tackle the large number of the population who are ‘digitally excluded’ as part of the ‘Get Ireland Online’ programme.
The ‘Get Ireland Online’ programme is part of the BenefIT 3 scheme which has awarded €1.88m for 20 training projects run by community and voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations across Ireland and aims to upskill 40,000 people. As part of this scheme, the WCBCT Centre will ensure 100 people are certified with basic IT skills to prevent them from missing out on opportunities most people now take for granted in West Cprl/

Participants will be taught how to make use of the web, send email, use internet telephone services like Skype and do shopping and banking online during three 2hr classes. Everybody will benefit from this training, but it is especially suitable for unemployed people, disadvantaged groups and anyone lacking in basic ICT skills. The Get Ireland Online programme aims to ensure that no one is left behind as the country gets increasingly digitally savvy.

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, TD, said: “This important scheme means that 40,000 people will gain from IT training between now and June 2012. The programme is to support those who have not yet gone online.” Summing up the Minister said “Firstly and most importantly this initiative is about people – not leaving them behind – giving them the opportunity to engage”.
Courses start October 26th and cost just €20. For more information about the course, or to register a place for you or someone who could benefit from this training please contact Angela Murphy at West Cork Business & Computer Training on 086 8512358, 023 8833756 or 023 8836064 or email angela@wcbct.ie.