Drop-in IT sessions
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Bristol student, 60, no longer feels ‘computer illiterate’ after attending drop-in IT workshops

A 60-year-old student from Bedminster proves it is never too late to learn something new as he takes advantage of City of Bristol College’s free IT drop-in sessions.

The sessions, which ran every Friday and concluded last week, offered people the opportunity to gain basic IT skills to support them in their day-to-day life.

One such student to take advantage of this was Bedminster local Chris, aged 60. Chris will be starting at the College in September on the 10-week Essential Digital Skills Course and wanted to learn the basics of technology before beginning his course.

Drop-in IT sessions
Chris received one-on-one tuition during the drop-in IT sessions.

Chris opted to begin attending the sessions after purchasing his first smart phone and choosing to get broadband fitted at home.

He said: “I was completely computer illiterate and now I am able to get on and use the phone. IT is essential now, you can’t do anything without it!”

Chris hopes to put the skills to the test by encouraging his mum to get to grips with technology in her day-to-day life, although he admitted he may need to ‘give up on that for now!’.

The Bedminster chap is looking forward to starting his course in two months’ time and hopes to be ‘fully computer literate’ and more confident in dealing with computers when he finishes his studies.

Drop-in IT sessions
City of Bristol College Lecturer Kay Rodbourn supported Chris in navigating his new smart phone.

Lecturer Kay Rodbourn said: “Seeing people’s confidence grow during these sessions has been great. It is good to see people explore on the computer and their phone on their own.”

If you want to take after Chris and improve your computer knowledge, the College offers a range of IT and computer-based courses to help you develop and prepare for the digital world. Simply visit the College’s website to find out more.

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