Welcome to Making IT Personal: Joining the DOTs

Are you a keen user of technology and the internet?

Do you want to share your knowledge with others?

Become a Digital Outreach Trainer!

  • Sheffield
  • Teaching with a pc
  • Rotherham
  • DOT Awards
  • Sheffield at night

Interested in becoming a Digital Outreach Trainer (DOT)?

Share your knowledge of new technologies with friends, neighbours and relatives. Help people when and where suits you. Join an online community, learn new skills and get a qualification.

Boost your job prospects


Boost your CV and job prospects by helping family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues improve their IT skills…whenever and wherever suits you.


  • Young DOT Sam Blake was successful in getting a job at Game, one of the UK’s leading digital games retailers. He’s now moved on to a new job at clothes shop Brother 2 Brother in Meadowhall.
    “I’m convinced though that the Dot scheme helped me get this job”
  • The Sheffield College is using student DOTs to mentor fellow students as well as staff using digital technology
  • Sheffield Adult Education’s Community Learning Trust is using some of its Learning Champions as DOTs, helping colleagues and students to get more out of digital technology and online learning
  • Wakas Hussain used his experience as a DOT to strengthen his application to Leeds Met University, where he is now studying for a Creative Media Industries BSc
  • Yvonne Gavin used the DOT scheme to help refugees stay connected, find work and even find missing family members during her work with the Metropolitan Support Trust.
  • The Sheffield College is continuing with the Game2Engage project, using volunteer mainstream students on iMedia courses to introduce digital games to students with special needs.