Where can you learn shorthand?

One question I get asked a lot is  “where can I learn shorthand these days?”

I learned Teeline in classes with the National Council for the Training of Journalists here in the UK. Because shorthand is still THE skill editors want from new recruit reporters shorthand training remains a “live” subject taught in classes here in the UK.

The NCTJ is still thriving and each year hundreds of newly tooled-up reporters armed with shorthand head out of training ready to start their reporting careers. I know of others too who teach shorthand primarily to those entering the media.

But what if you’re not a journalist and have no interest in becoming a reporter? Are people able to sign on for a short course in shorthand whether in Teeline or Pitman?

I’m hoping to compile a database of shorthand training centres which I hope will be of use to Shorthand World visitors. If you’ve had a good (or bad) experience of shorthand courses run in the UK please drop me a line. Equally, if you are a training provider who offers shorthand training, please get in touch using the “Contact Us” button and tell us more.

Thank you to Will Smith for providing the following:

Darlington College has the answer. TEELINE (Shorthand) at DARLINGTON COLLEGE Duration: 30 Weeks Dates from / to: 13th Sept 2010 to 6th June 2010 Class times: 6pm to 8pm Tutor: Dawn Johnston Cost: £363 + Vat Exam cost: OCR speed exams are approximately £12

3 thoughts on “Where can you learn shorthand?

  • August 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for this! I would like to learn shorthand but not for any sort of journalism. I’d also like to do an exam in it so I can put it on my CV (and for personal satisfaction) – do you know a starting point to find out about how to go about organising an exam? Any recommendation would be great. Thanks!

  • September 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Claire, I don’t know where you are based. You could try looking at the City and Guilds website or OCR website to see if either of them have anything near you. IPS do examinations – the website is http://www.the-ips.org.uk. Make sure you type the website URL exactly or you might get “International Photographers” or the passport office or all sorts of weird things. I’m a member and during term time some of us meet for live shorthand readings at Bishopsgate Institute near Liverpool Street in London. The Institute is being redecorated at the moment (I’m typing this on 30 September 2010) so does not always have a room available every Thursday night so best to check the website if perchance you are interested.


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