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Recent News

Over the past few days, there have been a lot of things happening at ARKH:

  • We’ve received our new Online Centre hardware
  • We’ve started a new campaign for funding (see: “ARKH Needs You”)
  • We’ve decided to upload, and share, our course resources

Online Centre

It’s still a few weeks away from launch, but we’ve recently received funding to become and Online Centre. This means that members of the public can come along to ARKH and use one of our dedicated computers to gain access to The Internet.

And, yes “The Internet” is a proper noun and thus requires capitalization
– Jamie

If you head over to the UK Online Centres website [LINK], you can find out more about UK Online Centres.

Sharing Course Resources

Over the past few days, Jamie has been uploading all of the presentations used for the three courses that ARKH offers (Employability Skills, It Skills & Understanding UK Workplace Culture) onto the cloud. This means that learners, funders and the public can read through the presentations and gain a little insight into the level of teaching offered at ARKH.

Not only have all of these presentations been uploaded onto the cloud, but Jamie has created pages on the ARKH website with links to each of the presentations (and other course materials). These materials are all being offered “as is” but under a Creative Commons Share Alike licence.

This means that ARKH retains the copyright on all of the materials, but are offering them to all for free. Anyone can use or adapt the materials, as long as they say that ARKH were the original authors.

For more information about the licence we have chosen, you can head over to the Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 webpage [LINK].

All of these resources can be found on the “Course Resources” page [LINK]


IT Skills Course – Dates

As was posted last week, we are planning an IT course for those of an Asylum or Refugee background. All of the initial information can be found in the post here: IT Skills Course


After a bit of a confab yesterday, we’ve decided that the IT course should start very soon. However, since Jamie is out all of next week (at a conference in London), and it’s a Bank Holiday the week after, the course should begin proper the following week.

The dates for the course, as it stands, are 6th of June 2001 – 9th August 2011.

The course will be split into two 2.5 hour sessions, one on the Monday and one on the Tuesday.

The Monday sessions will take place between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

The Tuesday sessions will take place between 4pm and 7pm.

IT Skills Course

A New Course

Jamie has been working, diligently, to prepare an IT course for asylum seekers and refugees. It’s based on founding new, and building on already established, IT skills in the learner with a focus on employability.

The reason for the course, according to Jamie, is:

In the Information Age, we are far more connected to each other using IT. IT is starting to be the most important way for us to communicate in both our work and personal lives. Those from an asylum background, stereotypically have less understanding in the ways of IT, and as such they find it more difficult to find work in our ever changing, interconnected world.

What Will Be Covered?

Basically, anything and everything relating to both IT skills and Employability. It will cover things like:

  • Using office software suites
  • The basics of E-Mail
  • IT Jargon and what it all means
  • Using The Internet and other web based resources to apply for jobs
  • Staying safe online
  • Finding information about companies before applying to them

As well as these high level topics (high level for those with very little, or no experience of IT or the usage of Computers), the course will cover all of the basics, for instance:

  • Setting up a computer
  • Powering on a computer
  • Getting connected to The Internet
  • What each piece of Hardware does

When Will The Course Start?

At the minute, there is no definite start date. The course will either start on the 30th of May or the 6th of June 2011. Either way, we are taking names and numbers for people who are interested in taking this course.

The course will have a slight “drop in” feel to it, in that each learner has to complete 50 hours of training to complete the course, but can (in effect) come and go as they please.

I’d really like to stress that if people want to attend, then they should try their hardest to make it to the few first days of the course, as a lot of the course relies on understanding the key points and initial jargon. If learners don’t understand these key points, they might not understand parts of the rest of the course.


How Do I Apply For The Course?

There are two ways for you to apply for this course.

  1. Call us – you can call us, on (01482) 214178
  2. Pop in – you can always stop by (there’s a map, here)

Taking either of these steps will allow you to register your interest in this course, and we will let you know when the course is due to begin, and what days it will be on.

E-Mail Masterclass

On Wednesday 12th January 2011, we at ARKH will be running a free introductory lesson on E-Mail as part of the Employability Skills for New Communities programme.

We’re planning for it to be completely interactive, focusing on using E-Mail to find and apply for jobs. We’ll be providing a laptop for each learner to use during the session, so you don’t need to bring anything with you.

The following subjects will be covered:

  • Setting up an E-Mail account
  • Send an E-Mail
  • Reading / Replying to an E-Mail
  • Attaching documents
  • Sending mass E-Mail messages
  • “Net etiquette”

We will be working with learners on a one-to-one basis to help teach some of the more abstract techniques.

We will also be including advanced techniques for learners who find the above easy, or have experience with E-Mail.

There’s no need to contact us in advance, we only ask that you turn up by 10am (when the lesson starts) on Wednesday.

(Posted by: Jamie)

Initial Post

Welcome to the new improved ARKH Hull website.

Every time something new or exciting happens at ARKH in Hull, we’ll be sure to put a post about it up here.

The types of things we’ll let you know about will be:

We hope that you enjoy our website, and would like to hear what you think. Please leave a comment, or email us to let us know. That way, Jamie (our code monkey/web monkey) can make changes based on your suggestions.