TEENAGE musician Nile Hope had £1m of computer software at his fingertips during a work experience placement.

The 15-year-old Durham Johnston School pupil designed and produced a model guitar during his stint at Bishop Auckland College's innovative Digital Factory, in Newton Aycliffe.

He also helped to install computer software and serviced computers, in between attending staff development sessions in equal opportunities and computer learning.

Nile, who is the Digital Factory's first work experience student, is taking guitar lessons and plays in a band. He is taking ten GCSE examinations next summer.

He said: "My work experience at the Digital Factory has been very enjoyable and rewarding and the staff were very kind and helpful. I am delighted with the prototype I have made, which I will take back to school and show to my friends."