Stepping UP is free community-based training that helps adults build their digital skills in small easy steps.
Got basic computer knowledge and want to learn to use it better for hobby, family or work? Stepping UP free computer classes are for you! Each self-paced module takes about 2 hours, with your friendly library tutor there to help.
There is no cost, no tests, no ongoing commitment.
Here’s how it works
Choose from a wide range of subject modules covering everything from family history to home finances, Microsoft Word to digital photo editing – in short easy steps. Select module(s) covering the specific interest area or digital skills you want to learn.
Find your local training venue: public libraries, community training centres or our Christchurch-based mobile classroom ‘Dora’.
Book your place on upcoming courses for the modules that suit your needs and interests, and learn in relaxed, sociable classes. And all courses are free!
Background to Stepping UP free computer classes
The 20/20 Trust (a registered charity) started Stepping UP in 2009 with support from Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential programme. Today we offer Stepping UP to local residents in partnership with 33 public libraries and 12 community organisations.
There is a strong, growing demand – in the first seven months of 2016, New Zealanders completed more modules than in the whole of 2015.
In December 2015 the 20/20 Trust and Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. We agreed to work together to support digital literacy initiatives in public libraries. We’re delighted with the positive response and we are extending the programme to new libraries and new regions.
Stepping UP is an ideal follow on to 20/20 Trust’s Computers in Homes digital literacy training, and we offer it to all graduates and their whānau. It’s also great preparation for workplace-ready digital skills training, like the internationally renowned and NCEA recognised ICDL training, free for jobseekers with KiwSkills.