SRC NOTICE (Updated Wednesday 13th January 2021)

The College reopened on 4th January in line with guidance issued by the Department for the Economy. The College will remain open, with the majority of teaching delivered online until after the mid-term break (22nd February).

BTEC AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS EXAMINATIONS
In light of the ongoing Covid situation, the College has taken the decision to postpone all BTEC and Essential Skills exams scheduled to take place in January and February. In line with the Minister’s statement on 6th January, no student will be disadvantaged as a result of this decision and further information on assessment arrangements will be provided as soon as possible.

WORK BASED LEARNING – TRAINING FOR SUCCESS (TfS) AND APPRENTICESHIPS
From 14th January the College will further limit the number of TFS and apprentices required to come onsite. All TfS and Apprenticeship training programmes will move to remote learning to the maximum extent possible. It will only be in exceptional circumstances that trainees/apprentices will be required to come onsite and this is likely to be limited to assessment and examinations that cannot be delayed to later in the year. Should you be required to come onsite your Course Co-ordinator will inform you accordingly, so please maintain contact with the College and your lecturers.

PART-TIME/EVENING COURSES
Some part-time courses due to start in January/February may be postponed and those enrolled will be notified with an alternative start date. Some existing part-time courses will revert to online delivery (or be suspended until mid-February) and students will be informed as to the nature of their course delivery.

STUDENT SUPPORT
Learning Resource Centres remain open to students unable to access online lessons from home. Student services and limited canteen facilities are also available to students during this period. Student queries should be directed to Course Co-ordinators. General queries should be emailed to info@src.ac.uk 

Further information is available on the College's Covid-19 information page https://www.src.ac.uk/the-college/covid-19-info 

Skills Training

Skills Training

Skills Training in Southern Regional College is divided into Training for Success and Apprentice NI.


Training for Success
Training for Success – is delivered through three components and is available to young people aged between 16 – 18 (up to 22 for a young person with a disability). Training for Success is all about giving young people the tools and the confidence to find work. It focuses on the extra learning that you may need. Once you gain recognised basic skills and qualifications, you are ready to move into the next level of Training for Success, or if you want, into an apprenticeship.


ApprenticeshipsNI
ApprenticeshipsNI is a Northern Ireland Government funded, work-based training programme, designed by Sector Skills Councils (SSCs)/Standard Setting Bodies (SSBs) to meet the needs of you as an employer. Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with the SSCs/ SSBs to develop the training content within each occupational area. An Apprentice working for an employer will earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain their Apprenticeship, while attending SRC on a day release system. Training can take between two and four years to complete depending on the level, your apprentice's ability and the industry sector. Employer incentives are available from £500 to £1,500 - the level depending on the occupational area and once the apprentice has achieved the full framework.

Apprentices

As an employee you earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain your apprenticeship. SRC will work in partnership with the employer to provide the off-the-job training through a day-release system.

Do you meet the criteria?
  • Are you employed in Northern Ireland?
  • Have you attained the minimum school leaving age?
  • Are you about to take up or be in paid employment?
  • Will you be working a minimum of 21 hours per week?
  • Do you meet all the entry requirements of your chosen occupational area?
Earn while you learn....

All Training for Success Students will automatically qualify for a non means tested Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £40 per week. If your parent(s)/guardian(s) receive Income Support, means tested Job Seeker's Allowance or Housing Benefit, that benefit will not be affected by the EMA. If you are entitled to one of these benefits in your own right; that benefit will not be affected either. Your parent(s)/guardian(s) will also be entitled to receive Child Benefit and Child Tax.

Credit provided all other conditions for receipt of the benefits are met. In addition, travel, lodging and childcare allowances may be paid depending on individual circumstances.