Ap Coach came in to being on 1st February 2010, and it’s aim was to offer technology tuition to individuals and groups, either private, public, or business. I had previously worked as an FE college lecturer and online tutor. Having enjoyed the experience of facilitating online and face to face, assisting many learners to achieve their desired qualification. The techniques I had developed went beyond the scope of teaching in the formal setting of the classroom or college virtual environment. I also felt there were and still are, many people of all ages who don’t know how to apply and use technology. Not only to their full advantage, but also how particularly the Internet can offer learning opportunities and inspiring ideas, that perhaps they had not even contemplated.
About the same time as I started the company, I became part of the Digital Unite Tutor network. Digital Unite at this stage where aimed at helping older learners, who wanted to use technology and the Internet. As well as providing one to one tuition this way, I also looked at volunteering and became a volunteer IT tutor for Age UK Dudley.
All this was at a time when the Internet wasn’t so in-trenched in to society as it is today, it was just starting. The two roles developed into areas, skills and expertise, I hadn’t envisaged.
Tutoring for Age UK on a volunteer basis until 2014, I designed and delivered computer beginners and intermediate courses. And with the advent of the rise of the iPad included in my course portfolio iPad for beginners. I helped out on their IT and Biscuit days, and raised money for them by donating my private tuition fees for a month. In the Autumn of 2013 they nominated me for a national award, and I was one of seven who won.