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European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
European Computer Driving License (ECDL) is a new Europe-wide qualification which enables people to demonstrate their competence in computer skills. Its aims are: to raise the general level of competency in IT, to improve productivity at work; to enable employers to invest more efficiently in IT, and to ensure that best practice and quality issues are understood and implemented. How does it work? The ECDL syllabus is designed to cover the key concepts of computing, its practical applications and their use in the workplace and society in general. It is broken down into seven modules, each of which must be passed before the ECDL certificate will be awarded. ECDL is open to anyone - regardless of age, education, experience or background.
I'm over 50....where can I find out about learning opportunities near me?
Information on learning opportunities is available from a variety of sources. You can call learndirect free on 0800 100 900 or visit their website. You can also contact local organisations such as colleges, universities, adult education centres, libraries, Universities of the Third Age, Age Concern etc.
Learn Direct
Learn Direct aims to give everybody a chance to learn and to increase their skills. It is a service which offers courses through the Internet, so students can learn when and where they want. This kind of learning is ideal, especially for students with caring responsibilities. The courses are all computer-based, with or without extra workbooks, CD-ROMs etc. and are explained step by step, so even inexperienced students can use this kind of study. Students can enroll through the website of Learn Direct, where a list of all the courses is given, or at the Learn Direct centres. They also offer a Learn Direct Futures service, where information about jobs and specific qualifications are given. For more information please call the Learn Direct helpline on 0800 100900 or take a look at their website