The Department for the Economy hosted a celebration for all those who took part in the WorldSkills UK LIVE skills competition in November 2018.

The finals saw more than 500 competitors battle it out in 70 different disciplines. Forty competitors from Northern Ireland competed in 20 skill areas and came away with an impressive medal haul of five gold, five silver and seven bronze medals. They also scooped five highly commended awards.

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SRC Staff and Students who took part in Worldskills UK LIVE

Read more: SRC Competitors Excel at WorldSkills UK LIVE

Building work on Southern Regional College’s new £15 million educational campus in Banbridge started in earnest this week after preparatory works on the Castlewellan Road site were completed on schedule to allow full construction to begin.

The new purpose-built campus, which forms part of a £95 million investment by SRC and the Department for the Economy to create three new state-of-the-art educational campuses across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon area, will open next year.

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Pictured with Beverley Harrison, director of further education at the Department of the Economy are (l-r) Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Cllr Paul Duffy, Brian Doran, chief executive of Southern Regional College and O’Hare & McGovern managing director Martin Lennon.

Read more: SRC Breaks New Ground with £15m Banbridge Campus


Kelsie Stewart, 17, a student at Southern Regional College, Banbridge campus has won the British Education Award – Vocational Category for Northern Ireland, in recognition of his brilliant academic results and extracurricular success.


Kelsie Stewart receiving his British Education Award at a recent ceremony in Manchester

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The College has held its annual Competitions Week which included numerous competitions at various levels across many of our campuses. Competitions week started on 21 January and was representative of all our academic schools. It showcased the huge talent of our students across a range of disciplines.

Adam Laffin from Rathfriland HS who won the Motor Vehicle SPP competition with David Vint SRC Asst Director

Adam Laffin from Rathfriland HS who won the Motor Vehicle SPP competition with David Vint SRC Asst Director

Read more: SRC Competitions Week a Huge Success