Since opening our doors in June 2000, Shotton I.T. Centre has enrolled over 1800 adult members and in 2012 attracted a further 171 new members. This is primarily due to recommendations from our existing learners, who promote the quality of services within the Centre.
European Computer Driving Licence
Since becoming an accredited Test Centre with the British Computer Society, our learners have completed a total of 514 modular tests.
City and Guilds
In July 2004, through its Learndirect status, the Centre became a City & Guilds Test Centre for adult Numeracy and Literacy and in 2006 became an independent Test Centre in its own right.
Since becoming an accredited Test Centre with City & Guilds, our learners have achieved a total of 291 Certificates.
The I.T. Centre is supported by many volunteers who willingly give their time and skills in order to assist our learners/members. They in turn receive any necessary training in order to enhance their individual skills to support our members with their goals. Current and past volunteers include:
Tony is a retired person who has good knowledge of I.T. systems and wished to support the members who came into the I.T. Centre. Tony volunteered on Tuesday mornings.
Robert currently works part-time in a local supermarket and has excellent skills in using software applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Web Page Design. Robert has run numerous courses on these applications which have proved very popular with our learners. Shotton Partnership 2000 Limited, which wholly owns and manages the I.T. Centre paid for Robert to take his first teaching qualification and he subsequently sat and passed the Level 3 PTLLS qualification.
Marc is a young man who was referred to us by East Durham Trust and he wanted to use his extensive I.T. knowledge to support the members of the I.T. Centre and at the same time gain administrative experience whilst working as a volunteer. Marc has now left to commence his degree studies at Northumbria University and we wish him all the best for the future.
Marsha was made redundant from a local call centre and decided that this would be a good opportunity to change her career path. With access to our free Internet facilities, Marsha very quickly applied for numerous vacancies, updated her CV and was successful in gaining employment with a local Care Home as a Care Assistant.
Michelle was made redundant from a long term job and asked for assistance in producing a new CV and updating her current I.T. skills. She applied for numerous vacancies and was successful in gaining employment in a retail store at Dalton Park.
Derek accessed the I.T. Centre in order to update his personal skills and started on a path of learning that included achieving Literacy Level 1 & 2; Numeracy Level 1 & 2; ECDL Level 2 and ITQ Level 2. These qualifications resulted in Derek being nominated for and being awarded our Learner of the Year Award and he collected his award at a function held at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites in 2010.