Date: 26/03/2012

Computing students from Dearne Valley College (DVC) are going into business.

The Level 2 Computing students are setting-up their own company called DVCShareIT, as part of the Barnsley ‘Big Challenge’ enterprising project.

The project aims to work towards gaining additional qualifications, get real work experience and make a positive contribution to the community and the environment.

Students from the Wath-based College are offering a basic PC repair and upgrade service of desktop computers and laptops at very competitive rates.

They also want to encourage businesses and individuals to donate any unused, working computers that they can safely remove data in accordance with the Data Protection Act, in order to restore and 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.

Glynis Duckenfield, DVC Computing and ICT Tutor, commented:
“I’m really pleased with the effort, dedication and enthusiasm the students have shown towards the enterprise project. The business concept of the project will hopefully show the students what it takes to be competitive in today’s market, and gain them valuable work experience for the future”.

If anyone is interested in using the services of DVCShareIT or want to donate any unused, working computers for refurbishment, they are asked to contact Glynis Duckenfield on 01709 513333 or via email

If you are interested in studying IT at Dearne Valley College, the college is accepting applications for courses starting September 2012.

For a Further Education Course Guide 2012/2013 call the Enquiry Line on 01709 513355, email or alternatively the course guide can be downloaded from

A Further Open Evening will take place at the Manvers Campus from 4.30pm on Tuesday 15 May 2012.

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