Digital skills for over 50s

Posted on: 10 April 2013 by 50connect editorial

Kensington & Chelsea college partner with Second Half Centre to teach digital skills to people over 50

Computer skillsA special partnership project has led to the launch of a series of courses that teach over 50s the digital skills needed to re-engage in the work place, and learn skills for the digital age to stay in touch with friends and family.

The courses were developed in partnership between Kensington and Chelsea College’s Media Department and the Second Half Centre – a health and well-being Centre for over 50s.

Digital technology offers a range of opportunities for older people, from increased social inclusion by staying in touch with loved ones through emails, sharing photos on facebook and skype accounts, to making every day tasks easier by learning to shop on the internet and pay bills online.

Paul Hall, Head of Digital Media at Kensington and Chelsea College said: “Research has shown that older people are among the fastest-growing user groups of social networking sites. We aim to support and develop these learners.

“Digital technology is a big part of modern life and a fantastic way to open up your social life, from communicating with loved ones to discovering online communities of people with similar interests to you.”

The courses will also help older people to re-enter the job market with confidence by developing digital skills that are essential in the modern work place.

Learn how to use a computer and common software

The IT classes will take place four mornings a week from 15th April 2013, and will provide training to support learners from complete beginners to more advanced learners. The classes will run at The Second Half Centre at the St Charles Centre for Health & Wellbeing.

To enrol on any of the sessions listed below please call: 020 8962 5500

social media

Digital and Social Networking Skills for beginners

Monday (10:00-12:00)

Students will learn skills for the modern digital world, including how to set up and use Twitter, Facebook and Skype accounts to connect with friends and family.


Photoshop training

Photoshop and Word Processing

Tuesday (10:00-12:00)

Editing family photos, getting a feel for Photoshop and developing Word Processing Skills to write CVs, covering letters and improve employment options.


Learn Powerpoint

Power Point and Excel

Thursday (10:00-12:00)

This course will teach learners how to present information in a clear and effective way. Developing presenting skills and improving self-confidence.


Advanced Excel training

Advanced Word and Excel

Friday (10:00-12:00)

This course is for the more advanced user, and will go into greater depth. Learners will come out as a fully independent user.

For more information about courses and events visit Second Half Centre.

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