Learn online for free with FÁS at your local library

FÁS, in partnership with the Westmeath County Library Service, is delighted to resume the FÁS eLearning at the Library project in Mullingar and Athlone libraries.

This learning programme has been developed by FÁS for people with little or no IT skills as well as those with some basic IT skills. The 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.

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.

This programme is open to all learners over 18 years and will assist people with little or no IT skills through workshops in the library delivered by a facilitator; people with some IT skills who wish to learn online but may need some assistance, also through workshops; and those with higher levels of IT skills who can access online courseware remotely and email the facilitator for support if required.

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.

Workshops are scheduled for Mullingar Library, County Buildings on Thursdays from 10am-11am and 11.30am-12.30pm, beginning Thursday February 11; and on Tuesdays from 2.30pm -3.30pm and 4pm-5pm beginning Tuesday March 2.

Athlone workshops will take place at Athlone Library, Civic Offices, Church Street on Thursdays from 2.30pm-3.30pm, 4-5pm, 5.10pm -6.15pm, and 6.30pm-7.30pm, beginning Thursday February 11.

The facilitator will also be available for information following workshops. For further information contact Mullingar Library at (044 ) 9332161 or Athlone Library at (090 ) 6442157, email [email protected], or visit www.westmeathcoco.ie

You can also find information on the programme at http://faslibraries.learnonline.ie.

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