• Stepping UP is free community-based computer & internet training for all adults.
  • Many Stepping UP course module classes are held in public libraries.
  • Your Stepping UP tutor helps whenever you need it.
  • Stepping UP is free community-based computer & internet training that helps adults build their digital skills in small easy steps.

Stepping UP is free community-based training that helps people build their digital skills in small easy steps, in subjects that enhance their work and home lives.

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 step 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

Friendly helpful tutors and classes

Choose from 31 digital steps 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

Microsoft Unlimited Potential logo

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 50 public libraries and community training centres throughout New Zealand.

There is a strong, growing demand – in the 2015/16, New Zealanders completed 3,865 digital steps.

 A participant is shown a trick on screen during a digital step session on Digital Photos at Blenheim Library.
A participant is shown a trick on screen during a digital step session on Digital Photos at Blenheim Library.

The 20/20 Trust and Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, agreeing 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.