A computer student from Gedling has been bringing older people from across Nottinghamshire become more confident using the latest technology.
Michael Ndebele is one of the university-level computing students from Central College who is running the training project for pensioners, which teaches them about internet safety and the use of mobile apps.
The first sessions on ‘how to stay safe on the internet’ and ‘Android tips and tricks’ saw 20 members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) group attend Central for presentations and interactive training sessions in October. It was so successful that a second session was held on 16 November 16, with more now in the pipeline.
U3A is an organisation that brings retired and semi-retired people together to enhance their lives by sharing many educational, creative and leisure activities.
Michael said that this was his first ever experience of speaking to a group of older people.
The 19-year-old said: “The people in the group have so much life experience, yet we’re trying to teach them, so it’s quite different! It will help me be more confident speaking in public and I think this will definitely help in my career.”
Some of the participants were very new to computers or using the internet, so students learned to see things from a customer’s point of view and explain concepts from scratch. Other visitors came along to update their skills after having used computers for many years in their working lives, but wanting to keep up with the increasingly fast-paced world of technology today.
Jeannette Mortimer, Head of School for Creative and Enterprise at Central said: “Working collaboratively with industry and the local community helps us ensure that our students leave Central with valuable skills for their future career alongside a recognised qualification.”
Central will be extending the programme after Christmas to include students from their Level 2 and 3 further education courses. Staff will map the students’ skills sets and experience against U3A members’ needs to offer more tailored support on specific IT topics.
For more information about computing courses at Central, visit www.centralnottingham.ac.uk or call 0115 914 6414.
For more information about U3A visit www.u3a.org.uk