Borders College

Apprentice re-charges IT skills for new career

Darren Hulme (of Selkirk), is making great strides in his Electrical Installation course thanks to the support provided by his tutors at Borders College.

Darren Hulme

A mature student at age 46, Darren has been an apprentice Electrician with Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) since September last year. As it had been some time since he had last undertaken any form of official study, Darren quickly realised that his IT skills were not as up to date as he needed them to be.

Tutor Dale Clancy says: “Myself and Lecturer Brian Ker identified the need for help following a conversation with Darren, who was concerned about his IT skill level. As some of his coursework is submitted electronically via ‘Turnitin’, it was essential that Darren’s IT skills were brought up to date to allow him to not only keep up with his coursework, but also submit it. We approached Learning Technology Assistant Don Gowans, who managed to provide Darren with his own laptop which has allowed him to steadily improve his skills.”

Darren himself says: “Dale and Brian have been a great help, approaching Don to secure a laptop for me. Dale helped me on a one-to-one basis early on to help me to use Turnitin.” He also explains that Don Gowans talked him through the general use of PCs, including security, adding that having a laptop at home has enabled him to use ‘Turnitin’ as well as carry out research for coursework.

Darren’s confidence has grown as he has begun to notice improvements in his technological ability, and this carries through into his job where he occasionally logs jobs on a mobile device. “My typing is quicker than before because I’m now more familiar with the keyboard.”

The support provided to Darren is just one example of how students at College may receive assistance during their course.

So, if you are considering a course at Borders College but feel that you may need additional help in order to achieve your goals, get in touch with our Student Advice Centre in the first instance on 01896 662516 to find out how we can support you.

Published: Wed 19th Jul, 2017