ITQ for jobseekers
Who is this course for?
This course will provide you with a recognised computing qualification; ITQ level 1.
One of the most important benefits of taking computer courses is that the learners will have more jobs available to them. The types of new jobs that will be available depend on what kind of courses they take, but every group of courses will open up new opportunities. Almost all jobs require that a worker has some computer skills. The number of positions available to those who aren’t comfortable using computers gets smaller each day.
This course is for adults aged 19 and over from the local area that are currently seeking employment, or are in employment and need to improve their I.T. skills.
You should have some very basic knowledge of using a keyboard and mouse/pad.
The ITQ1 qualification has three components: Using the internet, and two Microsoft Office applications; Word (word processing) and Excel (spreadsheets). You will create a portfolio using these three components from exercises derived from your ITQ1 workbook.
Support and feedback
Informally by the tutor, you will have the opportunity to self-assess your weekly progress using an individual learning plan. More formally as you will also complete a portfolio of exercises. You will be observed and guided throughout the course.
Additional costs and requirements
Writing pad and pen.
A memory stick (flash drive) will be useful. Particularly if you want to take work home.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
You may continue working through your portfolio in your own time. Whilst this is not essential, it is a good idea to practice during the week what has been taught. You may also be given small assignments to do during the week prior to the next session; reinforcing your learning
About the tutor
Simon Longstaff currently works as an ICT, Maths & English tutor for Learn Devon and as a Senior Design Engineer for Partech Electronics.
Simon has spent most of his working life in the field of Electronic Engineering and was previously the Technical Director of his own instrumentation manufacturing company before undertaking his teacher training.
Simon has a 1st class honours degree in ICT with Education from Exeter University, and a PGCE incorporating a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) and QTLS. He also is a specialist in teaching Maths, gaining a level 5 Additional Diploma in Numeracy. He recently (2015) completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Practice (with Distinction) at the University of St Mark and St John, specialising in exploiting open source technology to create musical instruments within the Maker Community.
Simon is a keen musician and composer and has for the last fourteen years performed each summer season at Sterts Theatre in their musical shows.
“I’m a great believer in ‘experiential learning’, and firmly believe that people learn by doing. This is so important, particularly with a technical subject like ICT; it is the familiarity with everyday computing tasks that build on a person’s levels of confidence and skills.”
Simon Longstaff, Tutor Learn Devon
Version 04 – 02/08/2018