Students get IT right with computing business

A group of entrepreneurial computing students are reaping the rewards of a servicing and repairs business they set up last year for members of staff at Shrewsbury College.

Level 3 Computing & IT students launched Fix IT in September 2011 in a bid to offer staff a professional and affordable IT service, whilst at the same time allowing them to develop their skills and experience real-world processes.

“Some of the jobs have been quite challenging, but it’s good experience and it’s great for our CVs,” said student Alex Tovey, 19.

David Cox, Computing & IT Tutor at Shrewsbury College, said: “The students volunteer to participate in the project and have learnt how to carry out the business processes through questioning what they are doing and how they need to do it. They have been able to develop a range of key skills including customer liaison, project management, investigative techniques and priorisation.”

“I found the service first class,” added Karen Cochrane from the College’s Travel & Tourism department. “I was delighted with the speed and quality of work that was provided by the student team.”

Last year saw the students soldering a new power socket onto the Principal’s laptop, decommissioning College laptops and re-installing them before they were distributed to staff, and offering help and advice on new parts.

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