Learn online for free with FÁS at your local library

FÁS, in partnership with the Westmeath County Library Service, are delighted to introduce the FÁS eLearning at the Library Project to the Mullingar and Athlone libraries.

This learning programme has been developed by FÁS for people with few or no IT skills as well as those with some basic IT skills. This initiative aims to attract those who would like to develop their PC/IT Skills in a supported workshop environment in areas such as introduction to computing, internet use, and email. Progression to complete online courses such as ECDL, Health & Safety, Finance Fundamentals, and Microsoft Word/Excel (as well as many others ) is wholly encouraged and supported.

How does it work?

All of the courses are available online at your local library and all of the facilitated courses are free! Once registered to an online course you can also work from home if you have a broadband connection. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to develop their skills at their own pace or through attending structured sessions with the FÁS facilitator at the libraries each week. The facilitator will be present at the library to assist participants familiarise themselves in using a computer and to support their progress through a suite of online courses hosted on a dedicated eLearning website. There is a continuous intake to this programme and people are encouraged to call to their local libraries for further information on how they can participate in this programme.

Who is it for?

This programme is open to all learners (over 18 years ) and will assist people who have:

Few or no IT skills (through workshops in the library delivered by a facilitator );

Some IT skills, for learners who wish to learn on line but may need some assistance (also through workshops );

Higher levels of IT skills for learners who can access online courseware remotely and email the facilitator for support if required.

Information evenings will take place in the participating libraries and everyone is welcome to attend. Here you will have an opportunity to have a chat with the library staff and the FÁS representatives who will answer any questions you may have with regard to this programme and the courses available.

Participants are encouraged to come along and register their interest in the programme – which is delivered free of charge – and to partake in what has already proven to be a wonderful learning experience nationwide. This project also allows the Westmeath Library Service to reinforce their role in lifelong learning and education.

Information evening venues and times:

Mullingar Library, County Buildings, Mount Street, Mullingar on Tuesday November 10 between 5pm and 7pm.

Athlone Library, Civic Offices, Church Street, Athlone on Tuesday November 17 between 5pm and 7pm.

For further information contact Westmeath County Library HQ, Dublin Road, Mullingar. Tel (044 ) 9340781, email [email protected], or visit www.westmeathcoco.ie or http://faslibraries.learnonline.ie.

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