Birmingham's New Technology Institute (NTI) has announced a week-long series of free Apple software training courses.

The courses, which are two or three hours long, will run from May 8-12, and will feature input from film and games professionals. The courses have been organised in response to the demand NTI experienced when it first offered a week of free courses in January.

On May 8 NTI will offer an introductory session by a leading Apple trainer on Final Cut Pro.

May 9 features daytime sessions by visual effects specialist Ian Murphy from London's 'Shake' school. These will be followed by an evening event by Framestore, the creative force behind such blockbuster movies as 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Thunderbirds' and 'Harry Potter'.

On May 10, EA Games will give demonstrations based on the Xbox 360 and make reference to the yet-to-be-launched PlayStation 3. Podcasting will also be explored that day.

May 11 and 12 are education-focused. Thursday will cater for IT support people in education, and Friday is a teacher-focused event, based around iLife '06.

NTI's Apple training manager Neil Emery said: "We have refined this follow-up taster week to meet the wide-ranging, Apple-based computer training needs we are finding in the Midlands. Early booking is important as we expect strong demand for places which, for practicality's sake, have to be limited."

Anyone interested in attending any of the Apple taster sessions should call 0121 202 4800.