Free courses available
UK Online centres
Getting online simply means you're using the internet and there are a million reasons for doing it. Knowing how to use a computer and the internet can help make life a lot easier by saving you time, money and hassle.
Whether you're looking to get online for a new job, to help kids with their homework, to stay in touch with family and friends or to do your weekly shop, UK Online Centres and Learn My Way can help you gain the skills and confidence you'll need to get started.
You'll find a range of free and easy to use courses, from starting with a keyboard and mouse, to email, understanding shopping online and much more.
UK Online Centres are a nationwide network created to support people to get online. Support from staff or volunteers is free and no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. We're here to help.
Employment Links centre, all of our libraries and some community centres are UK Online centres and offer you a range of basic IT courses.
Learn My Way
Learn My Way - courses covering online skills, skills for job applicants, managing your money, staying healthy and much more.
ALISON - over 750 FREE online courses covering languages, business and enterprise skills, personal development, health and digital literacy and IT skills to name just a few.
The Digital Garage
The Digital Garage - free tutorials from Google on everything from your website to online marketing and beyond. Choose the topics you want to learn, or complete the whole online course for a certification from Google and IAB Europe.
Digital Eagles - Build your internet skills with the Barclays Digital Eagles. Try the online course and find out about Tea and Teach sessions and the Code Playground for children.
Digital Know How
Digital Know How - advice from Lloyds Banking Group
for organisations to save money, time and raise awareness online. Small businesses who are more digital are twice as likely to report an increase in turnover.
IT training events in libraries and other locations
Day and time|
|Various libraries across the borough of Rochdale||Miscellaneous||Monthly Digital Skills for Jobs and Barclay's Tea and Teach courses|
Alkrington Library||Kirkway, Middleton M24 1LW|
Friday, iPad and Tablet drop-in, 10am-12noon.
Balderstone Library||Balderstone Park, Rochdale OL11 2HD||Tuesday|
Belfield Community School Samson Street Rochdale OL16 2XW||Monday|
Castleton Library||Castleton Community Centre,|
Manchester Road, Rochdale OL11 3AF
Darnhill Library||Argyle Parade, Heywood OL10 2RY||Monday|
Employment Links||99-101 Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1PZ||Please phone for information.|
01706 646 471
Junction Library and Community Centre||Junction Community Centre, Grimshaw Lane, Middleton M24 2BW||Friday|
Heywood Library||Church Street, Heywood OL10 1LS||Tuesday|
Langley Library||Langley Children's Centre, Windermere Road, Middleton M24 4LA||Monday 10.30am-12noon
Lighthouse Project||Warwick Mill, Oldham Road, Middleton M24 1AZ||Please phone for information.|
0161 643 1163
Littleborough Library||Harehill Park, Littleborough OL15 9HE||Monday 10am-12noon. Tuesday|
and Friday, 2pm-4pm. Saturday 10am-12noon
Middleton Library||Long Street, Middleton M24 6DU||Wednesday|
iPad and Tablet session, 10am - 12noon, booking required.
IT training session, 10am - 12noon, no booking required.
Newhey Road Milnrow OL16 3PS||Tuesday|
Pride Media Association||Floor 3, Unique Enterprise Centre, Belfield Road, Rochdale OL16 2UP||Please phone for information.|
Rochdale Central Library||Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU||Wednesday 2pm-4pm|
Smallbridge Library||Stevenson Square, Rochdale OL12 9SA||Monday|
Spotland Library||Ings Lane, Rochdale OL12 7AL||Monday|
You can find a wide
selection of books about computers and the internet at our libraries. You can access the internet for FREE at your local library, all you need to do is
become a member. There's no charge to join but you will need proof of address.
FREE training for unemployed adults
There are lots of local training organisations who offer free accredited training to unemployed adults. Many of these courses are short, lasting just a few weeks, and delivered on a part time basis so that Job Seekers Allowance is not affected.
Digital map of Rochdale
This shows opening hours and contact details for locations in the Rochdale borough with internet access and IT support. View map on Google
UK Digital Strategy
UK Digital Strategy - this strategy sets out how the UK government will build on the success to date to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.
Government Transformation Strategy - this document explains what transformation in government means and how the work will be done.