In Christchurch, Princes Manauis has successfully completed her 7 ICDL certificate tests through the KiwiSkills programme, getting 100% in several tests taken in her home.
Most KiwiSkills courses facilitated
Most KiwiSkills participants – especially beginning computer users – work through the online courses in self-paced classes with the support of a tutor.
Currently there is no 20/20 Trust training partner and authorised test centre in Christchurch but Princes was determined not to let this put her off.
With occasional help from equally determined 20/20 staff, she worked through the courses at home.
ICDL can be done anywhere
The online ICDL courses are designed so that people with basic computer familiarity can work independently at home or work to build their up existing skills to a higher level, and to extend their skills to new areas.
Princes already had an Information Technology degree from the Philippines, and so certainly had the basic computer skills needed to start! Her degree is not recognised in New Zealand, and she needed the internationally recognised ICDL Certification to help her to get a office job and so save enough money to put herself through university here.
20/20 goes the extra mile
Sue Davidson, the 20/20 Christchurch manager and accredited ICDL tester, says “Princes is highly motivated which helps! She has been studying ICDL on her own at home, with phone guidance. With no nearby test centre, I just went out and tested her at her home”, literally going the extra mile (or three) to help!
Training and certification helps schools and tertiaries too
June Robinson, ICDL/KiwiSkills Manager for 20/20, says “A growing number of organisations – especially schools – are using ICDL for certification as much as for training. The NCEA Level 2 accreditation of modules, and the workplace skills focus make this an especially attractive option for job-seeking school leavers.”
“Meanwhile, tertiary educators organisations find ICDL training valuable as a Foundation course, with the certification proof that prospective degree students have prerequisite digital skills.”
“Individuals too find the international recognition very helpful when seeking work here or overseas. We all wish Princes well and are sure that her certificate (and her stellar scores!) will help her get the job she needs.”
Visit the About KiwiSkills/Delivery partners page to see where KiwiSkills training centres are to be found.
The 20/20 Trust is seeking established organisations who currently are working with jobseekers. If you are a skills or education provider, and wish to incorporate KiwiSkills as a digital literacy component into existing support programmes please contact us or read more about becoming a KiwiSkills delivery partner here.