In its efforts to get Ireland online, ICS Skills will be offering special discounted courses in basic digital skills as part of the BenefIT 3 scheme.
Formerly ECDL Ireland, ICS Skills is the not-for-profit skills division of the Irish Computer Society, which was developed in response to a real need in Ireland to develop basic computer user skills.
In October 2011, ICS Skills was selected to provide training under the BenefIT 3 scheme, which is grant-aided by the Government. Operating in more than 50 locations nationwide, ICS Skills teaches people how to make use of the web, send email, use VoIP services like Skype, and shop and bank online.
Usually, the course of three two-hour classes costs €20, but ICS Skills is offering a special rate of €5 for all dads to celebrate Father’s Day on 17 June.
Feedback from those who have completed BenefIT 3 courses to date has been overwhelmingly positive, and the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, TD, announced an extension of the scheme at the start of this month.
“As more businesses move their services online, serious challenges exist to those who are unable to do the necessary day-to-day activities, such as banking and paying bills” said Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society.
“ICS Skills is committed to promoting digital literacy in Ireland for all. We are delighted to be able to undertake another project that can ensure everyone is equipped with the basic e-skills so that no one is left behind in our increasingly digital world.”