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Bernard named County Tyrone 2015 Essential Skills Learner of the Year


Bernard Green enjoying his free Got IT? sessions in Omagh Library, with Belinda Mahaffy, Omagh Library Assistant.


When Omagh man, Bernard Green, stepped into his local library for a free Got IT? session, little did he know where that journey of discovery would take him. His three free IT sessions with staff in Omagh Library focused on basic ICT skills which led to him being awarded the County Tyrone 2015 Essential Skills Learner of the Year. 

Bernard gained so much confidence from the Got IT? programme in Omagh Library that he went on to enrol with the South West College to pursue further ICT learning. As a result of this, he attained the Essential Skills award that recognised and celebrated outstanding achievement in literacy, numeracy and ICT at a ceremony held at Queen’s University Belfast. 

Libraries NI offers a variety of courses throughout Northern Ireland to support digital inclusion. Got IT? will take you through the basics of computers in small, simple steps and is divided into three sessions (Introduction to computers, Introduction to the Internet and Introduction to email). Go ON is an exciting support/training programme for people who want to find out more about technology and computers in a relaxed environment and at their own pace.

Bernard called into Omagh Library to show the staff his award. He said that without the free Got IT? sessions in the library, he would never have achieved this and he thanked the staff for helping him to take those first important steps on his learning journey.

Bernard explained:

“It has been 50 years since I left school and I know I have a lot to learn with computers, but I am happy with my progress so far and have gained much from my experience. Not only have I made new friends, my tutors are excellent. I am planning to take a course in English or Maths or maybe even both when I finish this course, now I have started learning again.”

These computer courses are held in local libraries with experienced staff on hand to help. The sessions are free but you must be a library member to participate. Library membership is free for everyone - to join all you need to do is bring a form of identification with proof of address.

Go ON timetable (brochure)​: January - March 2018