To be eligible to enrol at Free4U Computing, you must be a NZ Citizen or NZ Permanent Resident and be aged 16 or over.
Unitec Free4U computer courses are a great way to get into computing or develop your current computing skills whether it's to upskill yourself to prepare you for the workforce, for personal interest or to open up further study options. There are no exams and no pressure – start with any course you want, just choose the courses you are interested in and work your way through our easy to follow text books in a supportive and fun learning environment at your own pace. All of courses are Windows 7 and Office 2010 based. Our Facilitators are here to help you as you learn. Best of all it is free, you can start anytime (providing you book and we have places available) and we are open all year round aside from these closure dates. Our last day for 2013 is Thu 19 Dec and first day back Mon 13 Jan.
How to Enrol
All students enrolling at Free4U Computing must bring a NZ Passport, NZ Birth Certificate, Certificate of NZ Citizenship, Australian Passport, International Passport displaying permanent residency, Certificate of Permanent Residency or Certificate of Identity to their first session to prove they are eligible to enrol at Free4U, unless Unitec have already sighted one of these documents. We can only use the official name stated on these documents unless you bring a marriage certificate. Unfortunately we can not accept drivers licenses as ID for our course. If you do not bring ID, we can not let you start our course. Also, if you have a debt to Unitec, this must be sorted before enrolling at Free4U. Make sure you bring your ID (as described above), a USB and a pen to your first session.
Address - Unit 12, 357 Aracde, 357 Great North Rd, Henderson
Phone - (09) 8367542
Email Address - email@example.com
Facilitators - Ash Bennett (Team Leader), Fi Pillay and Frances Gillam (Saturdays)
Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 10.30am, 10.30am - 12.00pm, 12.30pm - 2.00pm, 2.00pm - 3.30pm and 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 10.30am, 10.30am - 12.00pm, 12.30pm - 2.00pm and 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Saturday 9.00am - 10.30am, 10.30am - 12.00pm
Parking - We suggest parking in the Trading Place Car Park Building which is $1 per hour or $3 per day if you have your Unitec ID number. We do not advise parking at Westfield unless you are a customer of the mall.
Address - Building 610 Room 2005, Unitec Northern Campus, 10 Rothwell Ave, Albany
Phone - (09) 8154321 ext 5610
Email Address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilitators - Miguel Cubeles-Gil and Ash Bennett (Team Leader)
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 10.30am, 10.30am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 2.30pm
Parking - Parking is available onsite if you have a Unitec student car parking permit. Free on-street parking is available also.
The suggested time on each course is 18hrs, apart from Getting Started which is 15hrs. You can finish before the allocated completion time, but if you require longer than the allocated time, you will need to enrol in the course again. All of our courses are Level 1, introductory courses. There are some extra exercises also.
- Getting Started in Computing (for those new to computers) - more info
- Keyboarding - more info
- Introduction to Internet and Email - more info
- Introduction to Word 2010 – Part 1 - word processing - more info
- Introduction to Word 2010 – Part 2 - word processing - more info
- Introduction to Excel 2010 - spreadsheets, functions, formulas - more info
- Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2010 - newsletters, flyers, brochures, cards - more info
- Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 - slide show presentations - more info
- Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010 - databases - more info
We can give you a letter of completion on Unitec letterhead when you have finished at Free4U for your records.
Where to after Free4U Computing?
We encourage Free4U students to complete Unitec courses upon completion of Free4U. Ask your facilitator for a list of Unitec Services and Courses offered at your Campus. For any Unitec enrolment inquiries for programmes other than Free4U, please contact Student Central on 0800109510 or by email email@example.com.
Please note Free4U classrooms are closed on the following dates:
- Thu 12 Dec 2013 at 12.00pm (Henderson and Albany) for FSHS Awards
- Fri 13 Dec 2013 at 10.30am (Henderson and Albany) for CHS Christmas Party
- Wed 18 Dec 2013 at 2.00pm (Henderson) for Free4U Albany Student Get Together
Last Working Day for 2013
- Thu 19 Dec 2013 closing at 12.00pm (Albany) and 2.00pm (Henderson), followed by Free4U Henderson Student Get Together 2.00pm - 4.00pm
First Day Back for 2014
- Mon 13 Jan 2014 opening at 9.00am.
2014 Closure Dates
Please note Free4U classrooms are closed on the following dates:
- Fri 17 Jan 2014 at 12.00pm (Henderson and Albany) for staff training
- Sat 25 Jan 2014 (Henderson) for Auckland Anniversary Weekend
- Mon 27 Jan 2014 (Henderson and Albany) for Auckland Anniversary day
- Tue 4 Feb 2014 (Henderson and Albany) for Kick Start Conference
- Thu 6 Feb 2014 (Henderson and Albany) for Waitangi Day
- Fri 18 Apr 2014 - Tue 22 Apr 2014 (Henderson and Albany) for Easter - open Wed 23 Apr 2014
- Fri 25 Apr 2014 (Henderson and Albany) for ANZAC Day
- Sat 31 May 2014 (Henderson) for Queens Birthday Weekend
- Mon 2 Jun 2014 (Henderson and Albany) for Queens Birthday
- Sat 25 Oct 2014 (Henderson) for Labour Weekend
- Mon 27 Oct 2014 (Albany) for Labour Day
Last Working Day for 2014
- To be advised
First Day Back for 2015
- To be advised
James Manning enrolled at Free4U Computing Henderson to upskill himself in using Microsoft Office to assist with his job search as a librarian in the public service industry. James, originally a hairdresser, decided last year it was time for a change and an upgrade of his computer skills. He tried several computer training programs before he started at Free4U. Since he began at Free4U early in 2013, he has picked up many valuable computer skills including speed & accuracy with typing, learning the ins and outs of Word & Excel and learning Access for the first time which has given him an insight into the way library database systems work. His comments about learning at Free4U are that it's exciting, interesting and useful and that it opened up opportunities for him and taken him down the right learning path. He is currently studying research and working for the council in the events sector and is confident that the computing skills he's picked up at Free4U are assisting him in his current workplace and will assist him in his future endeavors. At Free4U Computing he studied Internet and Email, Word Part 1 & 2, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and Access.
Tom - Free4U Henderson
I'm a 64 year young semi-retiree and earlier this year, I was privileged to attend courses in Microsoft Office through Free4U in Henderson. I can not speak highly enough of the tutors who were there, particularly Ash Bennett and Fi Pillay. These two people showed an immense amount of patience and helpfulness. I apologise to them for not having been back but I have been busy doing some casual work. However, I would like this opportunity to say, thank you for all the help, encouragement and fun while I was with you guys and yes, it has helped me lots.
Chantal - Free4U Albany
I commend Ash and Miguel at Free4U computing on their outstanding way they treat us, as we are not computer literate. I have done Word, PowerPoint and Excel and am now confident to use these in the workplace. I am currently doing Access and hope to complete before end of semester. Thank you for your outstanding service to the community. I have recommended this class to all people who I think need to improve their computer skills. I am currently doing part time work and seeking permanent employment and am happy that I did this course through Unitec. Well done Unitec staff, your staff live the slogan, "We make the people who make it" by the their teaching method. Becky Steele (from the Careers Team) also helped me with my CV as its been more than 10 years since I edited my CV and participated in a job interview. Thank you Unitec!
Free4U Computing is part of the Department of Community & Health Services in the Faculty of Social & Health Sciences at Unitec Institute of Technology.
Last edited: 06 December 2013