Kempston woman named ‘student of the year’

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Certificates in office computer skills have been attained by 200 people at the High Street IT training centre.

Run by Bedford College, the convenient location means those in work or with family commitments can easily access the courses and complete their self-taught skills, or start from scratch to obtain nationally recognised ITQ certificate.

The courses are generally free.

Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson joined a Certificate Celebration evening to congratulate some of those who succeeded.

A former IT university lecturer, Mayor Dave said Bedford College added to the “vibrancy” of the town centre.

Kempston mother Maureen Jack won the Student of the Year prize on the night which was presented by staff to the trainee who had shown commitment and perseverance.

Praise was heaped upon the college’s commitment to training by Preston Curtis, 31, who secured a job at verifile.co.uk on the Priory Business Park having gained his ITQ.

“I wouldn’t have got this great job without attending this college course,” said Preston.

Lelo Mayebo transferred to Bedford from Coventry with his job and has now won promotion at Sainsburys/DHL at Marsh Leys Kempston.

“Being able to do Powerpoint and improving my spreadsheet skills meant I am now a Supervisor,” said Lelo.

Meanwhile two men experienced in using and training others in bespoke software used at Highways England, James Saunders and David Lawton, needed to familiarise themselves with Office 2010.

They have both been recommending the Bedford IT Training Centre to colleagues at work.