A NEW COMPUTER refurbishment diploma course has been launched by Computers for Charities, based in Hailsham, representing a fitting final stage given the four years that it has taken to develop, test and gain accreditation.
An official ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of the course was held at the charity’s headquarters in Station Road Industrial Estate on Friday, November 4.
Chairman Simon Rooksby said the achievement was ‘very much a first’ for the charity but ‘definitely not the last’.
He said: “We remain very pleased with the achievement that has been gained here.
“As an organisation our history has not been that of reinventing the wheel, but very much as pioneers with the development of a range of support and projects.
“This course is indeed quite unique and we hope especially in this current economic climate will be of benefit locally and nationally.
“By providing the opportunity for skilling and retraining, it will be very suited for use in colleges, training centres as well as prison education where the concept was originally developed from our long standing association with HMP Lewes and a shortage of appropriate vocational courses.”
Computers for Charities has also gained exam centre status allowing organisations to use CFC materials.
Mr Rooksby added: “This experience certainly provided a challenging learning curve for us, especially when we were told by statutory bodies that our quest was not achievable.
“However for the volunteers and funders attending, including Crosslink, Hailsham Town Council, Lottery, Waitrose, Reed Business Information, CompTIA and Open Learning Partnership, TESCO’s and Haywards carpet, HMP Lewes this was far from the truth.”
For further information about the course phone Mr Rooksby: 01323 840641 or email: Simon@computersforcharities.org