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IT success for DRC service users

Twenty four service users of the DRC have achieved an accredited qualification in work related business administration skills. The DRC worked in partnership with two organisations ‘Open College Network West Midlands’ and ‘Right Step Careers’.

‘Right Step’ staff visited the DRC to assess and enrol service users onto the accredited training course and further provided individuals with careers advice and guidance, enabling people with disabilities to explore their skills whilst discussing with them further progression opportunities towards employment.

The course which was delivered by our IT teacher Tina Austin was taught over 15 weeks to two groups of learners at our Health & Wellbeing Centre in Kitts Green, Birmingham. The service users/students created portfolios of evidenced based assignments which included; word processing, spread sheets, database and IT communication fundamentals using Microsoft Office 2010.

An external verifier from OCNWM visited the DRC in June and assessed the students’ work for recommendation of the certificate ‘Level 1 Award in IT User Skills’ and has for a second year awarded the DRC with accreditation status which will allow us to offer credit based qualifications in the future.

All service users have commented on how being given the opportunity to study at the DRC has given them a greater confidence in both using computers and with future learning. Four clients/students have moved into paid employment whilst others have either moved into voluntary roles or are continuing to use our services to develop their online skills using the new ‘Learn My Way’ website here at the DRC.

Tina commented, ‘It is a privilege to support and witness the progression of individuals throughout their learning journey, I would like to thank staff from ‘OCNWM’ and ‘RightStep’ careers for their support throughout the course and for the support of the employment team here at the DRC.’

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