Training with PCUG is definitely a unique experience for each of us, as we have varied skills and knowledge, therefore seeking varied levels of information and support. A more appropriate question is ‘What Learning Opportunities exist at PCUG?’ Our members come to the group with varied skill levels. Some are beginners. Some are advanced. But at some stage or another, everyone can learn something. We learn from each other, hence our motto “Users Helping Users” is as much about what you can give, as what you can get.
So how can we learn and what do we offer?
Expressions of Interest for courses may be taken at any time. We endeavour to match training skill with members requests. Please contact us if you have skills to share, or wish to lodge a course interest.
Facilities at PCUG Centre
PCUG Centre has facilities to experiment and develop skills ‘hands on’ via a variety of specialised and general equipment for members to access. This may support teaching, or practising of skills.
The training room is equipped with one trainer and eleven student computers with an overhead projector and whiteboards. It has a hearing loop available for those with a hearing disability. The operating system uses a Windows 7 environment. Linux users may be catered for in consultation with our Linux Special Interest Group.
The Training Room is available for hire. Scroll down for more information.
A media room has digital media and sound equipment. Just being at the centre can bring unknown opportunities via who you may run into. Drop in and join us for a cuppa.
Trainers and direct training at the Centre
Members periodically arrange to share their skills using the Centre facilities. Such training is informal and well described as ‘sharing information’. Details of classes are advertised in the PCUG Information wiki in the Activities and Opportunities Training Courses section, and on the PCUG Calendar. Bookings of the training room and media room can be made via the PCUG office or email to the Training Coordinator.
Users Helping Users:
Volunteer Trainers are always in demand. But noting that, becoming a volunteer does not necessarily mean taking on a major coordination role. Any assistance is appreciated.
Just being available for a few hours a week to:
- help keep the centre open and to answer or refer queries
- to come along and support the beginners SIGs
- be a training assistant to support the trainers in our courses
- help keep the training room and LAN systems maintained
- help edit and update pages on the PCUG website
These and other small jobs would help us immensely. Please note that these jobs do not necessarily require advanced computer skills. We will provide full training and support where necessary. Just being there will help our other volunteers, give you the satisfaction from helping others, and quite possibly let you learn new skills.
Further details of varied PCUG activities and Volunteer Role descriptions are on the PCUG Information Wiki in the Activities and Opportunities section. Members are invited to view, provide feedback or edit the information there-in.
Training Room Hire
PCUG Centre may be hired by Organisations, and their guests for use such as training, tuition, or demonstrations.
The PCUG Training Room may be hired out by any organization, not just non-profit groups, as authorised by the August 2012 PCUG Committee meeting. Expanded information on terms of hire and booking information to follow, once drafts have been finallised. For further interim information, please contact the PCUG Office.
Please download our Training-Hire Info &Booking Form