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CPIT course ticksall student's boxes
Time to upskill: Anne Addei is in the process of turning her working life around
by taking Computing for Free courses through CPIT.
When Anne Addei was made
redundant last September, she knew
it was time to upskill. After 23 years
in sales she was ready for a change
of career, but felt that she first
needed to build on her basic
understanding of technology.
One day, she talked to CPIT's
Campus Connect staff in New
Brighton about community-based
Computing for Free. The programme
ticked all the boxes.
''At this stage of my life, if I'm
going to do something, it has to be
right for me and for my boys,'' she
said. ''Redundancy turned out to be
a good thing because it made me
think about what I want to do with
the rest of my working life.''
Computing for Free offers self-paced
learning, allowing Anne to arrange
studying around her two children.
She goes to the hub five mornings a
week. Having almost completed her
Level 2 Computing Certificate, she
can now use a range of programmes
such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint,
and is now planning to work
towards her Level 3 certificate.
''As you get older, you do have
the pressure of new technology.
People need to learn the tools. What
really encouraged me at Campus
Connect was that I expected to see
a lot of young people and instead I
found a real range of people.''
Anne appreciates the Campus
''The staff are really awesome and
very professional. My last paper on
PowerPoint was challenging, but
they were very encouraging. They're
a real credit to CPIT.''
Campus Connect manager Peter
Nock says that Computing for Free
caters to different types of learners --
from job seekers to those who are
already employed and want to
extend their skills.
''We have many students who are
highly qualified, but need to be able
to use their computer 'tools' more
efficiently and effectively. Our self-
paced scheduling allows them to fit
studying around their work
schedule,'' he said.
''The skills our students learn in
using MS Office, especially in the
National Certificate in Computing
Level 3, are well above what most
office workers know or have learnt
on the job.''
Campus Connect has hubs in New
Brighton, Rangiora, Hornby,
Bishopdale and the city. To find out
more, phone 0800 2424 76 or see:
Specialised courses on offer for
young people at Aranui Academies
Aranui Academies: Offering young people a taste of military-style discipline and activities.
Aranui Academies continue to fill a niche in
the educational offerings of our city, with
specialised programmes in sport, culture and
vocational studies. The Aranui Services
Academy is the only one of its kind in
Christchurch, and offers young people a taste
of military-style discipline and activities, within
a highly structured framework. Students from
year 11 upwards may enrol in this programme,
and in the others from year 12.
The Childcare Academy is also full-time and
provides students with the opportunity to
complete the National Certificate in Childcare.
Students undertaking this popular programme
have a very high success rate in graduating
into further study or employment in their
The Aranui Sports Academies continue to be
popular for students looking for a pathway
into the sports and fitness industries.
Basketball and rugby fundamentals each
involve 12 periods each week and are run by
specialist staff. The Rugby Fundamentals
programme focuses on both union and
The rest of the students' week involves
complementary subjects of their own choice.
Students remain enthusiastic in the other
areas within the academies programme: CISCO
(Computer networking), music, theatre, trades
and carving, which also run for 12 hours.
Aranui Academies is also offering the CTC
hospitality programme this year for the first
time, which is a very pleasing development.
These academy pathways give young
people the opportunity to broaden their
educational pathways and experiences, and
also help youth who are uncertain about their
futures to have an opportunity to explore
areas outside mainstream education.
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