Success of computer refurb diploma

L-R: Martin, David, course tutor Dick Thwaites, Toby, Steve, Tony
L-R: Martin, David, course tutor Dick Thwaites, Toby, Steve, Tony
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AS UNEMPLOYMENT continues to be an issue, Hailsham charity Computers for Charities has provided new opportunities to five local men, as the charity pilots its new diploma course in computer refurbishment.

The charity’s Simon Rooksby said: “While this may sound controversial, it is difficult to look on when you see the millions of pounds that have been wasted on the many poorly conceived training initiatives dating back to BTEC offering limited benefit and often inappropriate to the needs of the individual, let alone employers.

“Hence following the invitation to aid the development of vocational courses, initially for prisons, with a staggering 70 per cent of offenders struggling with basic literacy, something had to be done.”

Five years on and, with funding from Lottery, charity and corporate funding, the 80-hour pilot course was run in the charity’s new teaching lab in Hailsham. All the candidates completed the course via awarding body WAMITAB.