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Learn how to fix laptops with this free repair course

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Designed for 16 to 24-year-olds interested in learning how to fix laptops, this free course could be your first step into a career as a professional fixer. No experience or educational qualifications are needed.

The course is a mix of hands-on training and volunteering: 15 hours per week for four weeks. Participants will earn a certificate of completion, as well as a qualification in basic electrical safety and PAT testing.

It runs from 7 to 30 November, Tuesday to Thursday, from 10am to 3.30pm, and takes place at two locations (depending on the activity): Brent Fixing Factory and Queen’s Crescent Fixing Factory in Camden. This course is aimed at beginners and covers:

  • the basics of electricity and safe working practice
  • understanding how computers work
  • how to install an operating system
  • advanced configuration and how to make sense of IT jargon
  • how to troubleshoot and fix hardware and software
  • laptop teardown and reassembly
  • how to upgrade and modify laptops

The full course syllabus will be available to participants ahead of the first sessions. Travel costs within London, lunch and refreshments are included - just bring yourself and an interest in repairing.

Applications are still open. Priority may be given to residents of Camden and Brent but we encourage anyone interested to apply (the application takes just a few minutes).  

Email us at hello@fixingfactory.org for more information. You can also download a flyer here.

Further background information about the course:

Trainees will gain a firm understanding of the fundamentals of how our modern computers work, and the skills to diagnose and fix many of the common hardware and software problems that lead to devices being discarded. There’ll also be a taster session dedicated to the first steps in game console repair - where we’ll go over some of the common issues and remedies.

This project is funded by a grant from the Time After Time fund, created by Virgin Media O2 and environmental charity Hubbub to support environmental projects across the country.