ICS Skills offering €5 courses for Father’s Day
ICS Skills participant Cecilia Bruen from Artane, Dublin, and Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte

ICS Skills offering €5 courses for Father’s Day

13 Jun 2012

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.”

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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