Derwen College, Karten Print Shop

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

We have two Karten areas The Karten Print shop and The Karten IT hub. Both are based in different buildings on campus and are part of our Retail Studies programme area.
The Karten print shop provides a range of transferable vocational skills running a small print business and a stationary supply and postal service to the college we currently work on internal orders and for our marketing team. It has recently been developed and is now one of our Colleges commercial areas open to external customers. We print on various scales from small leaflets to large banners and produce other marketing items such as t-shirts and mugs. We also provide a labeling service for our food outlets with our jar labeling equipment.
The Karten IT hub provides an interactive learning area working closely with our retail programme and Young’s farm shop supporting learners through the use of interactive touch screen computers and large interactive whiteboard enabling users connect via their own devices if they wish.

Centre specialisms:

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Centre Address

Whitington Road, Gobowen, Nr Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3JA

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Karten Centre Manager

Becky Jones

Contact Details


01691661234 ext. 316


Host Organisation

Derwen College

Host Organisation Address

Whitington Road, Gobowen, Nr Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3JA

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

January 2008


We are an independent specialist college with a focus on teaching young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Through personalised learning Derwen College promotes the vocational, educational, social and personal development of a wide range of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities
Our students are predominantly residential with a small cohort of day students. Students follow individualised learning programmes based in one of four programme areas. We also have living and work placement programme (LWP) for students who will have completed their education and require further support to develop the skills to live and work within the community.
Students accessing the Karten areas have chosen to follow the retail and business studies programme


Derwen College works with young people with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

The Karten Print Shop

  • Konica Minolta - AccurioPrint C2060L
  • Large Format Printer - HP Latex 115 Print and Cut
  • Vinyl cutter - Hp 115 Print and Cut
  • Obeli - Multi Card Elite and Platinum - Slit Cut Creaser
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Samsung tablets
  • Ipad
  • PC’s - windows and adobe illustrator photoshop and indesign
  • Label applicator - AP360e Label applicator Primera FU70362
  • Label printer - Primera LX900 colour label printer
  • Bar tender software – for creating labels and barcodes
  • Heat Press
  • Mug press
  • Sumlimation printer Ricoh Afico SG311oDN

The Karten IT hub

  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Hanns HT271 Touch screen monitors
  • Samsung tablets

Assistive Technology

MyChoicePad (MCP)

Is an app that uses Makaton symbols and signs to help people develop their communication skills, express themselves and make independent choices.
At College we have 20 MCP licenses which are available to use on college devices.

Grid 3 & Grid Player

Grid 3 software allows people to communicate using symbol grids &/or predictive text; send & receive email & sms messages; browse the web; listen to music & control their environment. It can be used on a computer, laptop or windows tablet.

Grid Player can be downloaded for free & comes with 4 grid sets. It also enables Grid 3 users to access their grids on iOS devices.


Is a text-to-speech device - the user types a message on the keyboard, the message is spoken & is displayed on two screens, one facing the user and a second outfacing display for the communication partner(s).

Text-to-speech apps

There are a number of apps available for devices. They allow the user to type a message. They often have word prediction which makes the process of typing quicker.
Text-to-speech apps used at College
Assitive Express

Karten Centre Staff

There are on average 8 staff members timetabled to work in the Karten print shop. At any one time there are three staff members working with groups of 4 - 6 students / LWPs.

Karten Centre Hours

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm

Services offered to the Network

  • Printing
  • Large Format Printing
  • Vinyl printing
  • Mug pressing
  • Label printing and jar labeling