How To?

FREE computer Access and Training

With an increasing number of services going online, it is becoming more and more essential for people to have computer access.

With this in mind we have collated a list of places in your local area which provide free internet access, mentoring, support and training to help you to navigate your way around the systems.

Computers in Libraries:

All 36 Northamptonshire libraries have computers with broadband internet access and on every Friday access is free for all. Standard printing charges still apply.

All of the libraries also offer free unlimited WiFi access throughout the week during all opening hours, for anyone to use, whether or not they are library members.

Some of the libraries have IT Buddy volunteers who can help teach you how to use a computer, browse the internet, fill out forms or write letters and various other computer related issues. Visit the events calendar to find out if this service is available at your local library.

Kettering - Tresham College:

Whether you’re completely new to computers, want to brush up your existing IT skills, or want to improve your Microsoft office knowledge, Tresham College have a course that suits you. As long as you can attend for 4 hours each week at times convenient to you, including evenings and Saturdays, then all of your computer lessons are absolutely free and you may receive a qualification at the end.

Their dedicated Microsoft Training Centre is a professional adult computer learning environment located on Newland Street.

To find out more or to book a place call 01536 413304 or email

Corby Learning Centre:

Is now open for business at the Manor House, near to the Corby campus. To enrol on a free IT course, simply call 01536 413242 to book a 2-hour induction session.

Northampton College Skills Centre's (Northampton and Daventry):

The Skills Centre's in Daventry and Northampton offer free IT courses. If you're really new to ICT, you could go along to one of their intro courses which are held twice a week. After that, you can arrange to attend sessions at times to suit yourself.

For more information or to book onto a course call 0300 123 2344 or drop into one of the The Skills Centre's.