Remade in Edinburgh has partnered with West Lothian Council, working with them on their Hype WLC scheme to help young people who are out of school gain vocational skills and offering them a Level 7 qualification.
Last year we were able to run two sets of furniture repair courses, which were hugely successful. This year we decided to engage young people in computer repair and IT and offer our Dr Computer service. The course began in August and ran for six weeks, teaching five young people how to safely dismantle computers, identify all of the parts and troubleshoot faults. They also learnt how to clean a laptop, how to replace a broken screen on a tablet, and how to keep IT systems secure from viruses and malware. During the last session we converted a physical object to a 3D model and discussed the opportunities made possible through technology such as 3D printing.
At the beginning of the sessions the students weren’t at all confident in these skills, but by the end of the six weeks they had enough skills to be able to do computer repairs on their own.
Three of them were particularly excited and interested in furthering their knowledge, and have planned to take part in the next batch of courses that Remade will be running this October. These classes will look at computer repair in more details, including lessons in how to safely use a soldering iron and how to troubleshoot operating system problems and faults.
As there will be new participants taking part with no prior experience of repairs, the previous students will also be given the opportunity to train them and pass on the knowledge they have gained in computer and IT repair, thus gaining further skills in teaching and training others.