With the launch of our new digitalUPLIFT course, we've had more than a few questions from people interested across Cornwall. So we thought we'd create a helpful FAQ post for you! If you still have any questions about the course please do get in touch with our team!
I don’t have a computer and/or an internet connection, can I still enrol?
Yes! We anticipate the majority of participants will have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone and you will have access to the computer suite at Truro and Penwith college, but we are able to access a small number of loan devices for those who need one. We can also provide a loan WIFi dongle for those without an Internet connection at home. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need support with a device and/or access to the internet.
I only have a tablet, rather than a computer, can I still enrol?
Yes! The lessons and support group will be online so any device that enables you to access the Internet will work. You will also be able to use the computer suite at Truro college if you prefer working with a larger screen.
How much time do I need to commit to each week?
In the first week, there will be an in-person launch event that runs on 28th February, 10.00 – 14.00. For weeks 2-10, there will be a commitment of a few hours per week. Each week there is an optional in-person session, where you have the opportunity to meet other women on the programme as well as local employers with job opportunities. We hope that you can join in these sessions, but they are not compulsory.
I’m interested in the programme, but I’m unable to attend the in-person events. Can I still enrol?
Yes! The launch event on the 28th February, 10.00 – 14.00 is highly recommended, but all other in-person events are optional.
Will lunch be provided at in-person events?
Yes! Thanks to our amazing sponsors, a free healthy lunch is provided at all in-person events and we cater for all dietary requirements.
I’d like to participate in the in-person events, but I don’t think I can afford the transport costs. Is there an allowance available?
We want to remove all barriers for women to enter the tech/digital sector. If you are concerned about the affordability of travel to the in-person events, please contact us at email@example.com and we will help.
I’m interested in enrolling in the programme, but lack of confidence is holding me back.
OK, so this isn’t a question, but we hear this type of statement from a lot of women. The digital UPLIFT programme is designed specifically for women who know nothing or very little about the tech/digital sector and jobs. It is a friendly, supportive and safe environment for you to learn alongside like-minded women and to help build your confidence.
I don’t have GCSEs; can I still enrol?
Yes! There are no education requirements for this programme. Also, Truro & Penwith college are offering an amazing opportunity to all participants who complete the programme; a guaranteed space on any relevant technical course with the college without having to submit GCSE certificates.
After completing this programme, will I be able to move straight into a job?
It depends. Over the course of the programme, you will be introduced to the many, varied tech/digital jobs that exist. Depending on your previous experience and preferred career route, you may be ready to apply for an entry level position and we will support you with that. If you want to move into a specialist role, then it is likely that you will need to move into further training. Again, we can help you with that.
I’m under 18, can I still enrol?
Unfortunately you will not be able to enrol for this programme. However, we are planning future programmes for under 18’s and TECgirls regularly runs other activities for younger women. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for upcoming events and workshops.
I don’t live in Cornwall; can I still enrol?
At this time, the programme is only available to those residing in Cornwall. As we work with employers based in Plymouth, we also include those residing in Devon within a commutable distance to Plymouth.
I don’t know how to use a computer; can I still enrol?
The minimum requirement is that you are able to access course materials on the Internet and communicate online. That means basic digital skills such as using social media, emails and using internet search engines. If you are not able to do this, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will signpost you to relevant training so that you are able to join us on the next programme.
I’m not sure if I want to have a job in the tech/digital sector or even what jobs there are; can I still enrol?
Yes! This programme is designed to provide you with an introduction to tech/digital jobs available in Cornwall. We hope that you find something you love and that you want to continue with through further training or into a related job, but there is no commitment. The programme is your opportunity to explore this in a safe and supportive environment.
What are the benefits of enrolling in a course hosted by Truro & Penwith college?
As this program is run with Truro and Penwith college all participants will be students of the college for the duration of the course. This will give you access to the campus, the ability to use campus facilities such as the library, and extra support from the college around any learning needs. We will be providing a full detail of all the benefits at the in person session on the first day of the course.