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Mar 18

Free digital skills workshops for women in Manchester

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Central Library to hold free digital skills workshops for women living in Greater Manchester

​Women seeking employment and looking to improve their digital skills are invited to attend free computing workshops in Central Library.

From 23 March, a series of free two-day computer skills courses will be available for unemployed women living in Greater Manchester.

The four workshops run by MadLab – a self funded enterprise to encourage digital learning range from basic computer skills and social media to an introduction to computer programming.

Basic Computer Skills on 23 and 24 March from 9.30am to 2.30pm will teach how to be a confident PC user – learning how to use Microsoft Office, and how to find and share information on the internet.

Learn how to get to grips with Social Media on 30 and 31 March from 9.30am to 2.30pm. From Facebook to Twitter, find out how to use social media for networking, communication and job searches.

On 27 & 28 April from 9.30am to 2.30pm learn how to build your own website. Here you can learn how to build a simple three-page website using HTML and CSS – the building blocks of the web.

Finally on 5 and 6 May from 9.30 to 2.30pm there will be an introduction to computer programming. If you want to make computing a major part of your career you can learn the ins and outs of coding and get started developing your own software.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: “These courses are not only a great way to learn new skills and improve job prospects, but also to have fun and meet new people.

“With more and more everyday tasks now conveniently available online, like shopping, banking or accessing council services, it’s important that as many of our residents as possible have the opportunity to increase their digital confidence.”

The courses are run in partnership between MadLab, Manchester City Council, the Skills Funding Agency, Workers Educational Association and European Social Fund.

To register your interest call 07889 747 716, email: emma@madlab.org.uk, or enquire at the Central Library’s Media Lounge.

The Media Lounge houses the latest digital technology including iMacs, PCs and creative software such as Adobe Creative Suite, as well as the latest gaming consoles.