Date: 09/07/2012

A Computing and ICT tutor from Dearne Valley College (DVC) has won an Enterprising Educator award after being nominated by her group.

Glynis Duckenfield, from Sheffield, won the award as part of the ‘I Know I Can’ Barnsley Big Challenge Ceremony which took part at the Barnsley Civic and was sponsored by Laing O’Rourke.

The IKIC Big Challenge is an Enterprise Competition running across Barnsley Secondary Schools, Barnsley Colleges and Barnsley Community Groups. It challenges young people aged 11-19 to develop their own business from an idea through to trading, leading to the final awards that recently took place in June 2012.

Glynis’ group of students nominated her for her help, advice and support when setting up an IT enterprise company which saw the Computing and ICT students go into business.

The Level 2 Computing student’s set-up their own company called DVCShareIT, as part of their City and Guilds coursework. The initial aim was to work towards gaining additional qualifications, get real work experience and make a positive contribution to the community and the environment. The IKIC Big Challenge came along as the group were putting ideas together so they entered the competition.

They offered a basic PC repair and upgrade service of desktop computers and laptops at very competitive rates to learners and staff at the college. They also restore unwanted machines to donate or re-sell to people in the local area who need a basic machine at a low cost. All work is carried out under the supervision of experienced DVC staff.

Before getting started, group members considered all aspects of going into business from initial business case concepts, resources, code of conducts, risk assessments, PAT testing of power supplies to the design of a project logo to be used on documents and as part of a dress code.

Dearne Valley College, Computing and ICT students commented in their final report:
“Glynis basically organised everything from teaching us our units and finding help and support for our Enterprise. She spent a lot of time contacting people who could help and support us and managed to get funding to buy tools, components and everything we needed to get started. She ordered parts for us to build 5 new computers so we could have the experience of designing our own systems. She asked her BTEC groups to design our website and stationery. She has helped us to believe that we can use our skills to start our own business when we leave college. She is also good fun to work with and very laid back”.

Glynis received a trophy at the ceremony, presented by ‘Dixie’ from radio station; Real Radio.

Glynis Duckenfield, DVC Computing and ICT Tutor commented:
“I was, and still am gobsmacked but immensely chuffed because this category is nominated by the learners; my trophy is proudly sat on my office desk”.

Dearne Valley College are now accepting applications for many vocational courses starting September 2012.

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