Mission Statement

Our company works from a community development ethos, supportingpeople to identify their own training needs, encouraging them torecognise their own abilities and empowering them to develop responses to their needs while learning at their own pace. We aim to deliver flexible and affordable Information Technology training in a friendly environment and always aim to provide a positive experience of learning to our students, therefore giving them the confidence and skills to progress onto further education programmes, gain employment and enjoy the experience of lifelong learning.

Board of Directors

Breda Houlihan
Catherine Kinsella
Garrett Wyse
Nancy Taylor

History

Access I.T. CLG is a Information Technology Social Enterprise that offers a variety of I.T training programmers and are an ICS Test Centre. We are located off the main Cork Road in Waterford City. We are an accredited ECDL Training and Test Centre and are pleased to be in a position to offer such a highly acclaimed course at community rates. Additionally, we offer a wide range of I.T. courses ranging from our ‘Equal Skills’ course for beginners to our ‘Facebook for Business’ course for those who wish to endeavour a more professional training route.

Access I.T. CLG, formally the ‘Computer Access Co-operative’ was established in 1997 through an identified need for training in Information Technology in the Ballybeg community.

With the support of the Ballybeg Community Development Project, local volunteers, Waterford Regional Youth Services and the Department of Social Community and Family Affairs, a working group of local people established a small computer room with 10 personal computers in the Parish Centre, which was opened to the public in late 1997.

The Voluntary Working group developed a training manual and delivered an Introductory and Advanced course in computers to small groups of local people. From there, we expanded to greater areas of Waterford. In 2000, with the aid of funding from Ireland Funds, we became ECDL approved as an accredited Training and Test Centre.

In 2003 Computer Access Co-Op became Access I.T. CLG a non-for-profit charitable status company and community based Information Technology training centre in Ballybeg, Waterford City. Since then we have progressed and established a firm base throughout Waterford City and have successfully trained individuals from various communities and places. To date, we have trained over 5,000 students. We are supported under the community service programme
(Pobal).

At Access I.T., we pride ourselves on contributing to the fight back against digital exclusion and providing an informal space for people to learn and progress.

Funding

We are supported by grant funding for our equipment by:
Supporting Waterford Communities Grant Fund
CEP Community Enhancement Programme Grant
SICAP Social Enterprise Grant
DCRD Small Capital Grants Fund for Social Enterprise