Free4U Computing

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To be eligible to enrol at Free4U Computing, you must be a NZ Citizen or NZ Permanent Resident and be aged 16 or over (and show ID as described below).  You do not need any prior qualifications or training.  Our courses are completely free and extremely popular so register today.  Computers are the way of the future for personal and business communication, so upskill yourself like so many of other students have done.

About Free4U Computing

Unitec Free4U computer courses are a great way to get into computing or develop your current computing skills whether it's to upskill yourself for your job search, to improve your computing skills for your current job, for personal interest or to open up further study options and/ or assist you with your study.  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 the closure dates mentioned on the website.  All of our courses are listed below.

Free4U Computing Locations

Free4U Henderson

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Address - Unit 12, 357 Aracde, 357 Great North Rd, Henderson (Unitec Building 511), Auckland
Phone - (09) 8367542
Email Address - free4uhenderson@unitec.ac.nz
Facilitators
- Ash Bennett (Team Leader, Facilitator), Fi Pillay (Facilitator) and Frances Gillam (Casual Facilitator)
Session Times
Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 10.30am, 10.30am - 12.00pm, 12.30pm - 2.00pm, 2.00pm - 3.30pm and 3.30pm - 5.00pm (closed between 12.00pm and 12.30pm)
Friday 9.00am - 10.30am, 10.30am - 12.00pm, 12.30pm - 2.00pm and 2.00pm - 3.30pm (closed between 12.00pm and 12.30pm)
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 when you have your Unitec ID number.  We do not advise parking at Westfield unless you are a customer of the mall.


 

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Free4U Albany

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Address - Building 610 Room 2005, Unitec Northern Campus, 10 Rothwell Ave, Albany, Auckland
Phone - (09) 8154321 ext 5610
Email Address - free4ualbany@unitec.ac.nz
Facilitators - Miguel Cubeles-Gil (Facilitator) and Ash Bennett (Team Leader, Facilitator)
Session Times
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 10.30am, 10.30am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 2.30pm (closed between 12.00pm and 1.00pm)
Parking - Parking is available onsite if you have a Unitec student car parking permit (which you can obtain when you have your Unitec Student ID number).  Free on-street parking is available also.


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Free4U Enrolment and Booking Info

To be eligible to enrol at Free4U Computing, you must be a NZ Citizen or NZ Permanent Resident and be aged 16 or over.  You do not need any prior qualifications or training.  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. We must sight your original documents, not a photocopy, unless it's verified by a Justice of the Peace. 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.

How do I book my first (and subsequent) sessions?

To book into our sessions either call, visit or email your local Free4U centre (details above) or fill out an online booking form and we will get back to you to confirm your booking.  Note, we run all of our courses during every session time.

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Free4U Courses

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

If you do not know what course to start from, we can assist you in choosing an appropriate starting point.

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Frequently Asked Questions

a) How often do I need to come to course and how many session do I need to attend?

Our courses are self paced.  You can come for up to 3 sessions per day. Some people come once a week, once a day etc.   You do not have to come at the same time every week but you can if you like.  You must make sure you book.

b) Can I get some sort of certification for completing the course?

Yes.  We can give you a letter of completion on Unitec letterhead when you have finished at Free4U for your records, however since our courses are not assessed, we can not provide you with a certificate or grades.

c) Can I come back if I have been a student at Free4U before?

Generally yes, but there is a limit on how many times you can re-enrol in our courses.  Feel free to speak to your facilitator about this for any clarification.

d) What if I miss classes for a short period of time, does that mean I can no longer come to course?

No, you can still come back to course, but you may have to fill out some paperwork if you have been away for a while.

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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 study@unitec.ac.nz.  As a student of Free4U you also have access to the Unitec Careers Centre for careers advice and assistance.

Certificate in Business Administration and Computing (CBAC)

CBAC (Certificate in Business Administration and Computing) is a logical step after you have finished Free4U Computing.  The Certificate in Business Administration and Computing (Level 3) provides you with the business skills and attributes expected of a new employee. You will develop the ability to start your career in business administration using current computer software applications. You will acquire skills in spreadsheeting, word processing, business writing and presentations.  More information see www.cbac.unitec.ac.nz

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Free4U 2014 Closure Dates

Please note Free4U classrooms are closed on the following dates: 

  • Fri 18 Apr 2014 upto & incl Tue 22 Apr 2014 (Henderson and Albany) for Easter
  • 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 (Henderson and Albany) for Labour Day

Last Working Day for 2014

  • To be advised

First Day Back for 2015

  • To be advised

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Please Note

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: 14 April 2014  

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