First Steps Women’s Centre

IT Courses

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Course Duration: 14 x 2 hour classes

It is assumed that students are new to computers with little or no previous experience. You will learn how to start your computer, shut down and make use of your computer; open programs, save files and print. Some light word-processing and an introduction to using the internet and email.

• Identify parts of the computer
• Discuss the areas of screen (desktop) when you turn on the computer
• Use a mouse; clicking, left-click, right-click, pointing, clicking and double-clicking.
• Using the keyboard
• Control windows on a screen: maximise, minimise and close.
• Open, close and save a file.

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Course Duration: 7 x 2 hour classes
This course is ideally suited for those who are new to using an iPad

Entry requirements:
No previous knowledge is required.

Course Content:
• Getting started with your iPad / Tablet
• Using the keyboard
• Browsing
• Installing and managing apps
• Security and general settings
• Using the camera

Google docs

Microsoft Office–like collection of word processing, spreadsheet, and slideshow presentation tools—your documents are stored on Google's computers, so you can access them from anywhere with an Internet connection FOR FREE (Personal use).

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With Google Docs, you can write, edit, and collaborate wherever you are. For Free.

• Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you format text and paragraphs easily. Choose from hundreds of fonts, then add links, images and drawings. All free of charge.

• Access, create and edit your documents wherever you go – from your phone, tablet or computer – even when there's no Internet connection.

• All of your changes are automatically saved as you type. You can even use revision history to see old versions of the same document, sorted by date and who made the change.

Sage Payroll

Course duration: 14 x 2 hour classes

The Level 1 Award for Payroll in Business qualification aims to provide learners with a comprehensive range of knowledge and the practical skills that they will be able to use as a payroll processor for a variety of businesses.

On successful completion of the qualification the learner will have the knowledge and skills to:

• Act as an introduction to payroll record keeping and processing, giving the candidate the necessary skills to record financial payroll transactions in a computerised environment and in line with Real Time Information requirements.

• Give candidates the necessary knowledge and skills to assess their own competence in carrying out a range of basic day-to-day payroll routines and activities using a computerised payroll system. The activities will include the calculation of pay data and processing of that data including contributions to work based pension schemes, using basis day-to-day payroll processing skills.

Sage 50

Course Duration: 14 x 2 hour classes.

Course Summary:

The IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping qualification is aimed at learners who wish to begin their studies of computerised accounting and gain entry to a Level 1 qualification. There are no formal entry requirements. However, it is important that learners have good basic skills in numeracy and literacy. You will also need to be computer-literate, with the ability to move around a computer screen with confidence.

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Course Aim:  
The aim of the course is to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills to enhance and edit digital images; learn how to manage and manipulate images through a variety of digital techniques; Transfer photos from camera to computer and work with different file formats; highlighting importance of cropping in relation to printing. The software will be Corel PaintShop Pro.

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Social media are websites and applications that are designed to allow people to share content quickly, efficiently, and in real-time……basically it’s people having conversations online.

Social networking can have a social purpose, a business purpose, or both, through sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, among others. The course will look at the following most popular uses of social media. It is aimed at those new to social media.

• Facebook
• YouTube
• WhatsApp
• Messenger

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Course Duration: 7 x 2 hour Classes

Entry Requirements:
Completed Getting to Know your iPad /Tablet course or experience of using an iPad /Tablet.

Course Content:

  • Setting up your iPad /Tablet
  • Using the touch screen
  • Security
  • Use email
  • Download apps
  • Watch movies       

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The course will use a variety of IT tools and applications, including MS Office, Internet searching; social media, etc., to get advice on the various stages of job hunting from best methods of writing an effective CV and covering letter; research on how to improve interview techniques; finding advertised job vacancies etc.
Finding advertised jobs

Where to find job adverts:
Recruitment agencies
Job centres
National Careers Service
Networking to find a job

• How to Network using the computer
Make lists of people you know, their jobs/positions and who they know
Make lists of your networks – family, friends, acquaintances, referees.


MS Office

The course covers the following 3 applications.

• MS Word
• MS Excel
• MS PowerPoint

This course is aimed at those who want to enhance their existing office skills to improve their job prospects, using standard industry software applications.

What’s covered?

MS Word:

• Create document including using templates.
• Navigating through document
• Customising tasks
• Tables and lists
• Headers & Footers
• Mail-Merge
• Inserting graphic elements, e.g., pictures, shapes, SmartArt, etc.
• Saving documents in various formats, including PDF

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