Over 600 people, made up of prospective students and parents attended Tuesday's BIG Apprenticeship Event at Newry campus to hear about career opportunities with local employers and the College’s apprenticeship and Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) programmes.

An initiative of Southern Regional College, The BIG Apprenticeship event is not just big in name, but big in content! Throughout the event attendees were able to hear from current and past apprenticeship students, through drop in ‘My HLA/Apprenticeship Journey’ sessions.

One of the main focuses of the event was to enable attendees to meet with potential future employers. Over 46 employing businesses and exhibitors were at event including First Derivative, Re-Gen Waste and Shelbourne Motors covering a range of sectors from accountancy, beauty therapy, construction, engineering, hairdressing, and transport to science.

Brian Doran, Principal & CEO of Southern Regional College commented:

"We were delighted to see over 600 young people and their families attend our recent Big Apprenticeship Event at Newry campus. These events are important in showcasing the breadth and depth of apprenticeship training opportunities offered at Southern Regional College from level 2 right through to Degree level.

"Apprenticeships are an exciting option for people young and older, as they gain practical hands-on training while also having the chance to put their skills into practice in the workplace. The Apprenticeship pathway allows people to earn whilst learning at College and in the case of higher level apprenticeships, participants can obtain degree level qualifications without the level of student debt synonymous with full time higher education."

The College currently partners with over 700 local businesses in offering Apprenticeship opportunities across a wide spectrum of areas from construction, software development to life science and digital communication. Apprenticeships are co-designed with business and industry thus ensuring that the knowledge and skills that are at the core of every apprenticeship are both up to date and relevant.

Apprenticeships are increasingly being used by employers, both large and small, as part of their development planning to harness new talent and thus create a loyal and motivated workforce. Our Big Apprenticeship Event is supported and sponsored by Mourne & Down District Council and saw over 46 local employers in attendance to provide information on apprenticeship vacancies within their businesses.

Commenting on the event, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson and Councillor, Michael Savage said:

“Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, through the Labour Market Partnership were delighted to sponsor the SRC Big Apprenticeship Event, which has proved to be fantastic in providing potential apprentices with distinctive career pathways. Given the interest, attendance and buzz, it is clear that apprentices have a great deal to offer our local business community and similarly our employers can offer apprentices a fantastic opportunity in a range of sectors such as engineering, construction, tourism, digital, accountancy, science and sports. Apprenticeship Week has highlighted the fulfilling and rewarding routes available to secure your ideal job.”

To find out more information or make your application, visit Apprenticeships at SRC.

The BIG Apprenticeship Event continues at Craigavon Civic Centre, Thursday 9th February. Read more at BIG Apprenticeship Event Craigavon.

"We really see Apprentices as our future. There is real skills gap in the market and we need to be ready to address that. Apprentices are ready to go with great qualifications and the right work experience."

Jill Cowan, Head of HR at Alternative Heat
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