IT students bridge the divide

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COLLEGE IT students have been tutoring members of Derbyshire County Council’s 50+ Forum in all things computer for the past six weeks, from uploading digital photos through to creating spreadsheets.

Gill Clarke, Intergenerational Practice Officer at DCC, formed the collaboration with learners studying on the BTEC Diploma for IT Practitioners course and her 50+ Forum have been meeting once a week for six weeks for one-to-one tutelage.

Gill explains, “This is the second year that Derbyshire County Council and Chesterfield College have collaborated on an Intergenerational IT mentoring project.  The members of the Chesterfield 50+ forum who attended said they had found the experience invaluable.  Many of them also commented that it had been better than other classes they attended as they had their own personal tutor and were able learn anything they wanted know about IT.  The older group were also extremely impressed with the patience and knowledge of the young people they met through this project.”

Last week the group received their certificates of achievement from the students here at Infirmary Road but their education isn’t set to end there as they prepare for their next course at college, this time run by health related exercise and fitness students. Over the coming months the 50+ members will have various health and fitness tests at the college before taking to the gym with the students to get them into the good physical shape.