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Deeside College students become among the first in Wales to get IT qualification

A GROUP of 20 Skills for Independent Living learners from Deeside College are some of the first in Wales with additional support needs to achieve a learndirect qualification in information technology (IT).

The course introduced the learners to the basics of using a PC. The group, who have varying levels of support needs, followed the course over a four-month period at Deeside College’s learndirect centre and on their own computers at home.

Learning at a pace to suit them, the students covered a range of different units including how to use the internet safely, downloading music and pictures and sending and accessing emails.

Deeside College Skills for Independent Living tutor Dave Davies said: “The learndirect course has really suited our learners.

“They are able to progress at a pace that suits them and can practice using programs before being assessed. They can also re-visit assessments to brush up on their skills if required.

“What’s really encouraging is that some of the group went away and accessed the course from home. This demonstrates that they are growing in confidence and independence.”

At a presentation event held at Deeside College, the group got to show off their new skills before being presented with certificates to mark their achievements from Deeside College’s head of programmes for Skills for Independent Living, Paul Raven.

Paul said: “I’d like to congratulate the students on their learning achievements. Using IT is an essential skill today and achieving this qualification will enable the group to enjoy using computers safely.”

Melanie Mansfield, a student who completed the ‘Every Day IT’ qualification said: “I’ve really enjoyed doing the course.

“I have already started to download pictures from my camera and I’m looking forward to learning more about computers.”