The Software Skills Team

We have over 25 years’ experience in delivering high quality digital and IT software computer training courses to all types and sizes of businesses within Shropshire, Herefordshire and the West Midlands.

Stuart Ford
Business Owner Trainer/Assessor/IQA

At the heart of Software Skills is Stuart Ford whose philosophy is that:

“Computer Training Courses are only really valuable if they meet the actual business needs and the end result has impact on the efficiencies and effectiveness of the business.”


Tracy Stewart

Tracy has worked for 20 years within both the further education and private training sectors, delivering a wide range of programmes and supporting people.

Tracy has considerable experience in delivering Digital/IT software skills and is a qualified Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer working within the IT, Management, Business Administration.

What people say about us

Business Tutor Testimonials

Commercial Director Contour Heating Products Ltd

Robin Mansell

Stuart makes excel fun and easy to follow! He is very patient when we got stuck and took his time to go back over and explain why our formulas might not have worked.

The quality of the work books was really good and methodical. We now have all of the workbooks to use for future tasks that may require something a bit more difficult to work out.

Stuart arrived early each day and was a pleasure to be with.

I would recommend this course to anyone, no matter how little you use excel.

HR Manager Liquid Fleet Ltd

Julie Ardern

Stuart – Can I just pass on our thanks for the timely and comprehensive MS Office training you delivered to our team. Being able to secure training on a whole suite of software from one trainer has proved invaluable. Our staff were of varying experience and abilities as you know – and I’ve had great feedback from them saying you were patient and understanding to their individual needs. Everyone who attended your sessions is now more confident in using the software and are using it on a daily basis in support of their roles.
A massive “Thank You” from us all.

Business owner Gheko Stem Tie Ltd

Geoff Fullard

I can thoroughly recommend Stuart Ford as an IT trainer. I completed an IT course via Teams which was a completely new discipline for me, Stuart steered me through this with ease. I found him very patient and understanding of my age (76) . Nothing was too much trouble and he went over and over modules until I had understood them completely. He has a very calming, understanding and personable personality. He helped me set up a small online business at my age! He is without doubt the go to company for IT training.

Practice and Training Manager – Vision Homes Association

Jane Stockton

Over the last 2 years, Stuart provided us with great services; he helped set us up with the best suited programmes for our staff and saw us through the sign up and bookings. He and his colleagues have been thorough and reliable enabling our small organisation to upskill our staff enabling them to better access the IT they need for their roles. Stuarts positive approach has helped build confidence for those very new to IT as well as developed those who have been able to go further with their studies. As a care provider we often struggle with balancing time of the rota with training, Stuart has shown understanding and patience with this sometimes requiring short notice changes.

Thanks to Stuart and his colleagues from Vision Homes Association’

General Manager - Proactive Personnel Ltd

Kevin Humphreys

“Fourteen staff from Proactive Personnel Ltd have recently benefited from outsourced training which has increased their IT skills and efficiency in the use of spreadsheets. The training was delivered by Stuart Ford from Software Skills as part of the Skills Support for Skills project which is funded by the European Social Fund.

Jenny Boyle, Senior Partner at Proactive commented “ All the staff who attended the course, myself included, remarked on how much they had learnt in a short space of time and how their new found IT skills have significantly complimented their day to day job role. The success of the training was mainly attributed to our supportive trainer Stuart Ford who was particularly encouraging, motivating and patient throughout and its thanks to Stuart’s professional approach that we achieved such a high success rate. Our staff have acquired some valuable IT skills which they can continue to build on and which will enhance their current processes and efficiency.”

Senior Project Manager – The Cordell Group

John Richardson

“The tutor conducted the training in a very clear manner, explaining everything in good detail. We all thoroughly enjoyed the course and look forward to completing more similar training, which has significant benefit to both ourselves and the company”

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Ryan Ellis

Hi Stuart.
Thank you so much! I loved the training, and just want to pass on how easy you made the learning.

Managing Director - Brite Start Cleaning Ltd

Diane Wilson

“Once Stuart explained how Excel and PowerPoint works, it all became clear, and we have never looked back, saving lots of time and effort. Both myself and members of the team have also gained City & Guilds qualifications. I can thoroughly recommend Stuart to help you learn more about Microsoft software’.”

HR Executive – Morris & Co Ltd

Charlotte Brook

“Stuart delivered bespoke Excel training for some of our Board Directors, managers and administrators, all of whom took on valuable new skills and are using Excel with confidence for the first time. Stuart’s delivery is patient and perfectly paced and nobody was left behind. All the team were challenged and have been more productive following the training”

Director - Oswell Penda Pharmaceutical Ltd

Clare Chesworth

For several months I have been undergoing training with Stuart Ford. I have gained a plethora of knowledge from this training furthermore; my business has benefited immensely. I am far more confident using MS Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The training is delivered remotely which, in turn is ideal. Stuart delivers an excellent training package and I highly recommend his skills.

Director Phoenix AV Solutions Ltd

Dennis Silverlock

Stuart led a series of one-to-one Microsoft training sessions for me in Excel and Project along with elements of Teams and Word. Self-taught, I fell into the areas between intermediate and advanced in different areas and needed to improve certain skills relevant to my business requirements. Stuart was able to ensure my basic knowledge was up to speed and as importantly for me, able to customise his training to help me learn the specific areas more appropriate to what I wanted. He has a calm, patient manner and ensured I understood each stage of training.

Learning and Development manager – Culina Logistics

Mike Roberts

“You have been fabulous for our team”

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Private Tutor Testimonials

Kirsty Field – Telford

“Stuart provides a comprehensive range of training services to fit every type of client and their requirements, from very beginner to the advanced user. Personally I found Stuart to be reliable, thorough and patient with the delivery of the training, with milestone goals discussed, set, monitored and ultimately achieved. The training material was designed so that the delivery of information was interesting, easy to understand and to implement in practice. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Stuart as a competent and friendly IT skills provider”.

Jane Butler – Telford

I used Stuart to aid me in brushing up on Microsoft Office skills. We went from beginner through to expert with useful exercises to attack the same skills from different directions. He kept things interesting and fun through the 6 months we worked together and I will definitely return for refresher and enhancing training.

Svetlana Swift – Telford

Thank you for the certificates I received yesterday. Thank you for all your help to get me achieving it. That was a pleasure to study with you.

Rachel Pittaway – Ellesmere

Many thanks for your patience and training. Best wishes.

Robert Harris - Telford

On a personal level I would like to thank you for your time and patients with me during my training.

David Heard – Coventry

Many thanks for the training and your time, I am now much more confident and skilled in using Microsoft Excel for business and Microsoft Teams

Kiran Chahal - Newport

The training overall has been great thank you. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve learnt loads.

Alex Combes – Shrewsbury

Thanks for the training. It was really good to learn some new skills and get some extra qualifications as well.

Amanda Errington -Telford

Thanks again for assisting me through the course, I have enjoyed it and learned a lot that will help me both at work and at home in applying my new IT software skills.

Jenna Higgins - Stafford

My new job is going really well and the Excel courses we did really helped with my overall skills and confidence.
Best wishes,