On Thursday 4th July, Southern Regional College (SRC) welcomed Economy Minister Conor Murphy alongside other Department Officials to their Greenbank Campus. The visit included a warm reception by the College's Interim Principal and Chief Executive, Lee Campbell alongside other senior staff members who presented the ongoing work within various College departments. Minister Murphy received a comprehensive tour of the campus, with staff showcasing the state-of-the-art facilities and industry-leading equipment available to students.

Greenbank Campus serves as SRC's hub for construction trades in Newry, offering a diverse range of apprenticeships in fields such as bricklaying, electrical installation, plastering, plumbing, and more. These programmes provide a dynamic blend of hands-on vocational training and recognised qualifications, equipping individuals with the skills and experience highly sought after by employers.

The visit coincided with the Minister's recent announcement of new skills interventions to support his Economic Vision, including a new Skill Up programme and the expansion of the apprenticeship system and provided an opportunity for further discussions on the College's plans to foster a robust educational future ensuring they continue to provide highly qualified and skilled individuals. The College is also committed to ensuring they help deliver a collaborative approach to skills development across the island of Ireland and recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Louth Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) to create and deliver advanced manufacturing training programmes. During the visit, College staff had the opportunity to elaborate on their plans ensuring individuals develop skills that meet the needs of the emerging economy on an All-Island basis.

Interim Principal and Chief Executive of Southern Regional College, Lee Campbell said:

“We were delighted to welcome Economy Minister Murphy and other Department Officials to our Greenbank campus today. This visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase the transformative learning environment available at Southern Regional College and discuss our ongoing commitment to advance the skills of learners through new partnerships and collaborations”.