Digital Villages

Bridging the “skills gap”& securing employment for People with disabilities in Gauteng (Pretoria) and the Western Cape (Durbanville)

It is absolutely essential to be computer literate and people with disabilities have been denied opportunities in computer literacy.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) runs 2 Computer Training Centres that provide free computer training for People with disabilities in the form of an entry level 1 week course and a more advanced 2 week Microsoft accredited course.

Course content includes orientation on the hardware and basic Microsoft product knowledge.  The QASA Digital Village Computer Training project also sensitises the candidates to be able to survive a job interview and this is done in the form of simulation.

A CV is an extremely valuable tool and each candidate has the opportunity of completing their own CV which is then pooled into a database and distributed to potential employers for opportunities.

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Gauteng North Access Centre

On 25 June 2009 the The Gauteng North Community Computer Access Centre, in Pretoria, was opened. The launch

Attendees of the launch

From left to right, Mandla Samuel Sigudhla (Mayors Office), Arthur Piercy (QuadPara Association Gauteng North Chairperson), Vis Naidoo (Citizen Leader Microsoft South), Raven Benny (QASA Acting Chairperson), Themba Mdlalose (Microsoft) and Ari Seirlis (QASA CEO).

of The Gauteng North Community Computer Access Centre will enable people with disabilities in the Tswane area improve their computer skills and their chances of finding employment.

This facility is a joint venture between QASA and Microsoft.  The centre was set up and will be managed by the region, The QuadPara Association of Gauteng North (QAGN). Arthur Piercy, QAGN Chairperson, is thrilled that QAGN now has the facility to uplift and empower people with disabilities in the Tswane area.

The Gauteng North Community Computer Access Centre will allow persons with disabilities to receive free basic computer training, assistance with professional CV and job interview simulations which will better equip them in accessing the open labour market.

The “Basic Computer Literacy” course is a one week course that runs Monday to Friday every week. The courses cover the following areas:

  1. What is a computer?
  2. Using the keyboard and mouse
  3. Windows XP
  4. Word 2007
  5. Internet and email (each learner is assisted in setting up an email address for future use)

 

Attendees of the launch

Attendees of the launch of The Gauteng North Community Computer Access centre enjoying the event.

Included in the training is the “employment solutions” aspect. This aims to assist the learners in securing employment and the following is covered:

 

  1. Training on “how to write a CV”
  2. Each learner is assisted with compiling a professional CV
  3. Training on “how to attend a job interview” (this covers topics such as; what to expect at a job interview, how to prepare for a job interview, how to dress for a job interview, job interview etiquette, how to follow up on a job interview, etc)

Each learner receives a certificate of attendance on completion of the course and their CV is stored on the QASA CV DATABASE.

Gauteng North Community Computer Access Centre can accommodate up to 5 learners weekly and the training and accommodation is free for persons with disabilities. If you, or someone you know would like to attend one of the weekly courses, please contact Caroline Maluleka on 012 320 2572.

Ari Seirlis and Themba Mdlalose Ari Seirlis aArthur Piercy Raven Benny
Ari Seirlis (QASA National Director) and Themba Mdlalose (Microsoft) at the entrance of the Gauteng North Community Computer Access Centre in Pretoria.
A slight peek of  the accommodation for people who come from far for the training.
Raven Benny at one of the computers in the computer centre.
Western Cape Digital Village

 

The Western Cape Digital Village is developing basic computer skills for people with disabilities.
The Digital Village is located in Durbanville, Cape Town.
The Centre offers free basic computer literacy training and employment solutions to persons with disabilities.

The “Basic Computer Literacy” course is a one week course that runs Monday to Friday every week. The courses
cover the following areas:

  1. What is a computer?
  2. Using the keyboard and mouse
  3. Windows XP
  4. Word 2010
  5. Internet and email (each learner is assisted in setting up an email address for future use)

 

Included in the training is the “employment solutions” aspect. This aims to assist the learners in securing employment and the following is covered:

  1. Training on “how to write a CV”
  2. Each learner is assisted with compiling a professional CV
  3. Training on “how to attend a job interview” (this covers topics such as; what to expect at a job interview, how to prepare for a job interview, how to dress for a job interview, job interview etiquette, how to follow up on a job interview, etc)

Each learner receives a certificate of attendance on completion of the course and their CV is stored
on the QASA CV DATABASE.

The Digital Village can accommodate up to 6 learners weekly and the training is free for persons with disabilities.If you, or someone you know would like to attend one of the weekly courses, please contact Esme Kleinschmidt on 021 9756078.