Ara Institute of Canterbury Oamaru Campus is gearing up to welcome more people into Computing for Free programmes this year after launching the new hub in 2016.
The free, flexible computing programmes enable people to learn at their own pace in a friendly, welcoming environment – whether they are first-time computer users wanting to improve their employment opportunities, or intermediate users wanting to upskill.
It is one of the ways in which Ara is responding to the community need in South Canterbury and Waitaki for re-engaging adult learners and supporting regional growth.
“Upskilling has become a necessity in today’s professional environment. Everyone needs to know their way around a computer and some people need to acquire advanced skills for their particular job or to take the next step in their career,” Computing for Free Manager Peter Nock says.
“There are a range of self-paced, short courses of between 20 to 40 hours to introduce people to specific programmes such as Web Design and Powerpoint.”
The timetables for the programmes are flexible to fit around family and professional commitments, with daytime, evening and weekend classes.
The facilitators who are on-hand to help are passionate about the courses they teach and the communities they teach in, providing an excellent experience for students. Many of the tutors have first-hand experience of returning to study after working or having children.
Enrolling is easy at our Oamaru hub or online by visiting

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