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Microbeacon is Edinburgh's premier ICT training centre for disadvantaged and disabled people. With historic surroundings, cutting-edge technology, dedicated staff and a city centre location, Microbeacon is an equal opportunity organisation committed to lifelong, open-access learning.


At Microbeacon, people with a wide range of ages, abilities, disabilities and ethnic backgrounds work together in a relaxed, informal and friendly atmosphere to develop their full potential and work towards finding employment. This is achieved through acquiring computer skills relevant to both the job market and their own needs through a programme of achievable tasks. By working with their fellow trainees, they also make new friends, boost their self confidence, find new interests and improve their social skills. 


Microbeacon Centre was set up in 1983 to give computer training to disadvantaged people, mainly those with disabilities. Working in partnership with the voluntary sector, the Employment Service and local businesses, our objectives are to:

  • Promote equal opportunities
  • Offer vocational guidance and counselling
  • Provide a level playing field for those who have been excluded socially, educationally and vocationally
  • Empower individuals to achieve their potential
  • Offer a flexible approach to ICT and call centre training
  • Maximise our resources and partnerships
  • Provide excellent standards of tuition and mentoring
  • Bring online training into the homes of those who are physically unable to attend

In 1994, thanks to the generosity of City of Edinburgh Council, we moved to our present location in New Parliament House, on Regent RoadStaffed by a mixture of paid employees and dedicated volunteers, we deliver a variety of training options, in a relaxed, friendly and fully inclusive environment. We also operate as Job Brokers under the New Deal for Disabled People.  Dr. (now Sir) John H Burnett, the then Principal of the University of Edinburgh, made the following statement when launching the Microbeacon project:


"Microbeacon is a small light in a dark world of the unemployed. But for many, I hope simple training in computers will be the clear light before the dawn of new employment and a fuller, richer life. It is a joy and a privilege to be associated with the project".


Sir John would be surprised at just how much brighter that small light has become.


For further information, contact:
Margaret Durie
EUS Microbeacon Centre,
Building 3,
New Parliament House,
5 & 7, Regent Road,
EH7 5BL.
Tel: 0131 557 5901
Fax: 0131 550 6809



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