TWO computing students from Huddersfield Technical College are putting their new skills to the test by setting up her own business together.
Graham Riley, 47, of Salendine Nook, and Paul Jenkins, 35, of Berry Brow, have just started a troubleshooting company, which aims to take care of PC problems at home or work.
The pair met on the college's Become a PC Technician course.
The course covers all aspects of PC technician skills, including computer networking, operating systems, Internet technologies and hardware.
The three-day-a-week course lasts for one year and is part of the Platform for Jobs programme which offers courses for adults who would like to learn new skills and gain qualifications that link to employment opportunities.
Graham, a former long-distance lorry driver, said: "I had to give up driving after an operation on my spine - so I was looking for a new job.
"Computing has been a hobby of mine for years - so I thought I'd turn it into a career. I joined a course at the college to get the skills and qualifications I needed.
"Paul and I became good friends on the course and have been discussing the venture since Christmas. I'm glad our dream has finally turned into a reality."
Former head chef Paul added: "You have to work long unsociable hours in the catering industry which means you don't get to spend a lot of time with your family.
"Starting your own business is frightening, but we are both doing a job we love. Being your own boss is great," he said.
The Into Business scheme, based at Brackenhall, has helped the duo get their company started.
The scheme provides assistance with business planning, marketing, health and safety and trading as well and start-up costs.
They now have six months to prove that they have what it takes to succeed in the IT industry.