A group of Level 2 Cambridge Diploma IT trainees from South West College travelled to McCloskey International to discover more about the crushing and screening plants they design and manufacture, the trainees also learned of the potential Engineering and IT jobs that are available within the company.
A group of staff from the South West College volunteered with learning disability charity Mencap recently at their Supported Living Service in Omagh. The volunteering was set up as part of a Staff Development Day at the College and helped Mencap tenants in two of their houses with gardening, weeding, planting and painting fences.
Timothy Hagan has been titled as Northern Ireland Skill Auto Apprentice of the Year 2017, he will now compete in the UK wide heats of the competition. Timothy is a Gold Motor Vehicle student at South West College, he is currently working as an apprentice in the Donnelly Group, Dungannon.
The SEUPB has announced a funding offer of €5.8 million from the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme to South West College for the ‘Renewable Engine’ project, which will create a new Research & Innovation focused ‘super cluster’.
SkillELECTRIC is the premier skills competition for the UK’s electrical industry for best young electrician. The competition provides a platform to showcase best electrical apprentices and newly qualified electricians from across the UK participate in six regional heats to win a place in the competition’s outstanding final.
Two Spanish lecturers visited South West College, Omagh campus, on a teaching placement funded through the Erasmus+ programme. Chef, Javier Andreu and a sommelier, Paco Ortiz, a trained wine professional, are tutors from Hotel Escuela, Madrid, which is a partner institute of South West College.
Joanne O'Neill spent the afternoon teaching students and hairdressers from the local Dungannon area her techniques and secrets at South West College, Dungannon campus.
The SkillBuild NI Finals were held recently at Southern Regional College, with the AutoskillsNI Finals for Heavy Vehicle Repair and Light Vehicle Repair held at South West College, Omagh Campus. The competition, which is held annually, showcases the finest apprentices in Northern Ireland.
Barry McCarron is South West College Research and Development Coordinator for the award winning CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies) at South West College in Enniskillen.
On Tuesday 4th April senior leaders from across Northern Ireland’s Further Education (FE) sector and the Department for the Economy (DfE) came together with key stakeholders from Invest NI, Innovate UK, and InterTrade Ireland, to strengthen the sectors focus on innovation development and growth.
South West College has once again shown itself to be a leader in sustainable construction with the development of the Passive Lab at its Technology & Skills Centre campus. The Passive Lab, which is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland will be launching on the 4th of April at the ‘Sustainable Construction 2020’ event.
On Monday 20th March the HND Hair and Beauty Final Year students from South West College, Omagh held a Career’s Convention event at Dungannon campus for all of the Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Students.
The Great British Barber Bash (GBBB) showcase events all over the world from London to Dubai, demonstrating the latest barbering techniques to their audience. Four top barbers including Ryan Cullen from Armagh and Conor Taaffe from Drogheda, are leading the way in barbering.
South West College is delighted to announce that formal planning permission for the development of a new College Campus, on the site of the old Erne hospital, has now been granted.
Students from South West College Enniskillen, Omagh and Dungannon campuses have joined with students from the Loreto Grammar Omagh, Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, Bangor Academy and Lagan College for the trip of a lifetime to China.
South West College recently presented “Opportunities in Digital Manufacturing” at the College’s state of the art Passive Pavilion in the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology.
The Great British Barber Bash (GBBB) showcase events all over the world from Omagh to Dubai, demonstrating the latest barbering techniques to their audience. Two barbers Ryan Cullen from Armagh and Conor Taaffe from Drogheda, are leading the way in barbering, and their success is known all over the world. They held a Barber Bash at South West College, Omagh campus, in which hairdressers and barbers from the Omagh area attended.
On Thursday 15th December nine Career Ready students and two staff went to McCloskey International at Coalisland, for a factory visit and master class on interview skills. The students went in two groups around the factory seeing up close as huge crushing, screening and washing machines and conveyors were fabricated.
On 8th December, twelve Engineering, Science and IT Career Ready students and two tutors took a trip to London for a Capital Experience. They met at Dungannon Campus car park at 4.30 am, surprisingly bright eyed and chatty but knew it was going to be a long day as they planned to return 10 pm that night.
Five Zambian students were among the 450 Higher Education students that graduated today at South West College Higher Education ceremony at Omagh Leisure Centre. The students Francis Mutale, Obedient Kacheche, Patrick Chingaipe, Phales Mizinga, and Zachariah Manda, benefited from South West College’s Virtual Learning programme with support of Direct Aid For Africa (DAFA) and Fatima Secondary School Zambia.
As part of an educational mission to Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China,South West College and Xiangyang Vocational and Technical College have sign a memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum was signed in Beijing on the 8th December by Malachy McAleer CEO SWC, 李菲 Li Fei, President of Xiangyang College and countersigned by First Minister Arlene Foster MLA.
The 18th Annual Plaisterers’ Training Awards were held at Plaisterers’ Hall in London. The event was attended by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Lord Moutevans and over 170 other guests. The awards represent the plastering and dry-lining trade, Training Colleges, Independent Training Providers, City Livery Companies. With particular links to organisations actively involved in construction skills training. Daniel McAteer represented South West College; he was nominated by one of his lectures Noel McIntyre, from the Omagh campus.
SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK, it has been on the go for over forty-five years, the UKs most talented apprentices compete against each other to be awarded SkillBuild champion in their chosen trade and be part of the UK team.
A group of 12 students from South West College are currently attending a three week work placement with their lectures in Helsingborg, Sweden funded through Erasmus+. There are six Childcare Learning Development and six Health and Social Care students from across all three SWC campuses. They were placed in a variety of organisations on their related discipline. Child Care students were placed at an International School in Helsingborg in both pre-primary and primary classes, whilst Health Care students experienced work in three different care homes and special needs centres.
The CREST Centre, at South West College will host an ‘Opportunities in Digital Manufacturing’ event on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 10.00am. The event will be a forum for discussion and networking in relation to current trends in manufacturing such as; 3D Printing, Product Design, Advanced Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.
South West College has been successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding for the EuroSTEAM project. The
project kicked off with a partner meeting on 26th October 2016, hosting the participants of the project in South West College Stem Centre in Dungannon. The hosted partners included Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium.
Wayne Denner an influential speaker, author and expert in Online Reputation and Wellbeing. Wayne’s message was to learn to protect and improve your personal digital presence. He set up Ireland’s First Social Network platform in the early noughties before Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and Bebo. Wayne is an Entrepreneur, Educator and Trainer, he is known for his engaging approach with young people and businesses.
The University Roadshow Northern Ireland rocked up at SWC campuses to provide students with information on universities in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Europe. University Roadshow NI is part of Education Recruitment & Marketing which offer specialised consultancy on education for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teacher recruitment and nursing and healthcare recruitment.
South West College recently held their Fresher Fayre at Dungannon, Enniskillen and Omagh campuses. The fayre seen another year of excellent turn out from students and trade stands filled with information and freebies for students, such as pens, pencils, thermal mugs, wrist bands, frisbees and free pizza.
South West College (SWC) has successfully secured €1 million of Erasmus+ funding in this year’s funding round. The College, which has a strong history of European exchanges and partnerships, is now positioned as one of the UK’s leading organisations in Erasmus+ projects achieving funding under all three key actions covered by the programme; Higher Education, Vocational Education, and Youth Development.
On Monday 10th October, as part of mental health awareness, South West College (SWC) hosted a 'Put it in Your Phone Day’ to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
South West College has retained its position among the UK's top providers of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education, it was confirmed today.
The first 16 apprentices have today started an all-new course in Interior Systems (Dry Lining).
The training programme which is in partnership with South West College is the first accredited course in the South West Region. Apprentices will gain valuable on-the-job experience whilst studying part time for the industry-leading qualification.
South West College (SWC) working in partnership with the Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast are currently engaging on an ambitious project entitled ‘Project 10’. Project 10 is a forward thinking programme designed to deliver Higher Education to Degree Level (Level 6) in the South West Region through the establishment of a rural university base.
South West College held an information evening on construction courses and options available at all South West College campuses. Local businesses who work closely with the college attended the evening to talk to students about career opportunities and progression prospects within Northern Ireland construction companies.
Essential Skills are free courses to improve your communication skills, mathematic skills and technology skills. This involves improving listening, reading and writing skills, working with numbers and using computers.
The Strickland Scholarship is a prestigious annual competition organised by South West College in association with Strickland Tracks. It is designed for those who are interested in a career in engineering. The competition is aimed at Foundation Degree in Engineering students.
Accounting is a popular career choice. It was once seen as a specialised discipline associated primarily with mathematical geniuses it is now more accessible, with advances in computing meaning that it is less about natural numerical skill and more about aptitude and training.
Facing redundancy or being unemployed can be a challenging time. However it can also indicate a new beginning, breaking the mould and trying something new.
South West College has provided local manufacturing company Keystone Lintels Ltd part of the Keystone Group, with training in 3D Design through the Skills Focus Programme funded by the Department for the Economy.
Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has visited Enniskillen today for a number of engagements.
During his trip he met with representatives from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and visited the South West College and Waterways Ireland Headquarters.
South West College Technology and Skills Centre in partnership with Errigal Contracts hosted an event to launch an all new Apprenticeship course in Interior Systems (Dry Lining), on Wednesday 29th June. At the well-attended event representatives from Errigal Contracts and South West College took the opportunity to brief the audience on the new ‘earn while you learn’ employment focused opportunities available.
Students studying Level 3 Sports Studies organised an innovative fundraising event ‘Pedal for Pounds’ in the Dungannon Campus of South West College on Wednesday 27th April, in aid of the Buddy Bear Trust.
The Higher Bridges Gallery in Enniskillen is the venue for this year’s South West College Art Exhibition. A number of the regions finest budding artists work will be on display until the 28th May.
South West College was the chosen venue for the first networking meeting of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) recently, and was attended by academics from across Northern Ireland.
A significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Ulster University and South West College in the presence of First Minister Arlene Foster at Stormont Castle Monday 21 March 2016. This agreement has been established as part of a SMART Region initiative spearheaded by First Minister Foster.
The launch of the SkillBuildNI competition took place at the Technology and Skills Centre campus of South West College recently. The competition, which is held annually, pits the finest apprentices in Northern Ireland against each other. Trainees from 12 different trades contest against each other on the first step of their journey to the World Skills competition.
It’s exciting times ahead for the staff and students at South West College in Enniskillen with the prospects of a brand new Campus drawing ever closer.
On Saturday 5th march 2016 the Get Engineering Careers fair will again be held at South West College Dungannon Campus from 10.00am – 3.00pm. The event will celebrate engineering excellence across Tyrone and encourage more people to ‘get engineering.’
South West College played host to the Higher Education Enhancement Conference in it’s Dungannon campus. This was the first in a series of collaborative events that will be designed to support continuous personal development within the Higher Education sector.
STEP Horticulture students from South West College (SWC) set up business ‘Oops-a daisy’ and won ‘Highly Commended’ in the Team Programme at Young Enterprise Event and now move on to a regional competition against local schools.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today launched the next round of open days to be held in the six local further education Colleges.
Nominations are now open for the three award categories; Apprentice of the Year Award, Higher Level Apprentice of the Year Award and the Innovation in Partnership Award for Employers and Training Suppliers.
Following a three day competition hosted at the NEC, Birmingham, the winners for the IMI Skill Auto 2015 competition have been announced with a massive success for South West College Motor Vehicle students.
Connor McGaughey; from Mountfield an NVQ Level 3 Motor Vehicle student at South West College Omagh Campus and an employee of Kelly's Garage Mountfield took home a Gold Medal in the AutoTec competition. His classmate Seamus Goodfellow an employee of Ballina Car Auto Repair won bronze in the same category.
As part of South West College’s widening participation agenda, and embracing international partnerships, South West College is committed to growing its online presence and capability. The college has moved to the next level by virtualising the college curriculum offer both nationally and internationally. One such project is the delivery of a fully online course with students in Zambia.
Co.Tyrone mineral development and exploration company Dalradian Gold Ltd. (DGL) has launched a bursary programme for students of South West College.
The prosperity and resilience of a rebalanced Northern Ireland economy will rely on a thriving Further Education sector, a panel of training and industry specialists told business leaders at a major conference organised by Colleges NI.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has visited South West College in Omagh where he met a number of Higher Level Apprentices.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has visited South West College in Omagh where he met a number of Higher Level Apprentices.
South West College, supported by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), Ulster University, Queen’s University and many leading employers across the South West region is delighted to announce a major new jobs initiative for the South West region.
Fermanagh student, Stuart Graham won Apprentice of the Year at Northern Irelands Electrical Awards held in the Hilton Hotel Belfast last week.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today addressed a special South West College event that examined how innovative skills and training provision can stimulate jobs and growth in Fermanagh and Tyrone.
South West College’s Higher Education courses, designed in partnership with employers and universities, are propelling a record number of students towards degree qualifications and brighter career prospects.
South West College (SWC) is vying for the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector, having made the shortlist for finalist in the ‘best newcomer’ category for work in the area of sustainability with the prestigious Green Gown Awards, presented by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC).
School may be out for summer but the learning didn’t stop for a group of curious campers who attended the Creative Computing Summer Camp at the South West College STEM Centre, 27th – 31st July.
Conor McGaughey, Seamus Goodfellow and Gareth Murphy achieved first, second and third respectively in the WorldSkills Auto Tec UK Heats at Jaguar/Land Rover Training Academy in Leamington Spa last week.
With signs of improved activity and job prospects in the local construction industry, South West College (SWC) Omagh Campus, in partnership with local employers hosted an employer engagement evening to introduce prospective students to electrical apprenticeship programmes available at the college.
South West College has won Most Innovative BTEC Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2015 at the National BTEC Awards.
Local engineering student, Gavin Clarke and manufacturing engineering company, Terex Powerscreen were announced as finalists at the recent Northern Ireland Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards held at Parliament Buildings.
For the 5th year in a row a Carpentry and Joinery student at South West College Omagh Campus has taken first place at the Northern Ireland SkillBuild Finals.
South West College picked up another top accolade at the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards in Titanic Belfast recently.
Staff and students from South West College (SWC) pictured at the recent launch of the college’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) brochure, which looks beyond the physical college and outlines the college’s community services, fundraising endeavours and health and wellbeing activities.
South West College (SWC) had good reason to celebrate at the recent Department for Employment and Learning’s Apprentice of the Year Awards 2015.
Colleges NI officially unveiled Further Education’s top innovators today (Wednesday 27th May) and rewarded them for coming up with a raft of exciting new projects linked to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Some of Northern Ireland’s biggest companies today teamed up at Parliament Buildings to show how working along the regional Further Education Colleges, were helping drive the NI economy.
Pictured are students from the SOLAS Momentum BUILD programme along with their tutor Fiona Brazill (South West College) and Program Manager Dympna McCarron (Cavan Innovation and Technology Centre) who recently visited the South West College’s new award-winning CREST Centre in Enniskillen. This sustainable construction programme aims to equip jobseekers with the skills, qualifications and access to work opportunities in the growing sector of sustainable construction.
Two local Health & Social Care students Philomena McGoldrick and Janet Jones represented South West College in the WorldSkills UK Regional heats in Birmingham recently. Both girls performed outstandingly, with Philomena McGoldrick securing 3nd place overall in her regional heat. Philomena and Janet are currently studying a QCF Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care at SWC Omagh Campus. Both students were chosen by their tutors to enter this year’s WorldSkills UK. This is the College’s first endeavour into the competition in the Health & Social category.
The best local construction apprentices from across Northern Ireland tested their skills in 11 different construction trades at Skillbuild NI 2015, held at Belfast Metropolitan College’s Castlereagh campus on 29th and 30th April.
The BTEC Diploma in Engineering team of students, along with their tutor, Uel Little from South West College (SWC) Dungannon recently visited the JCB Headquarters in Staffordshire, England to find out more about the iconic global brand, renowned for its pioneering spirit and positioned as one of the world’s top 3 leading construction and agriculture machinery manufacturers.
Young people from across counties Tyrone and Fermanagh celebrated gaining a range of qualifications, new friends and a new direction in life through an innovative and inclusive learning programme launched by South West College (SWC) in September 2014.
On 12th May, the First Stop Shop hosted #DigiDayWest, the first digital marketing conference to be held in the North West of Ireland, which saw some of Ireland’s leading names in the field of digital marketing descend upon Enniskillen.
The South West College Foundation Diploma in Art and Design class of 2015 welcomed their family, friends and special guests to the hugely popular and widely anticipated end of year art exhibition, hosted at the Higher Bridges Gallery at the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen from 8th – 22nd May.
South West College has been shortlisted for a Responsible Business Award by Business in the Community Northern Ireland. Shortlisted in the Employer of Choice category sponsored by Arthur Cox Solicitors, South West College has demonstrated excellence in motivating and developing employees in a healthy and inclusive workplace which offers opportunities for all.
Motor Vehicle Movers, a team of young people from South West College (SWC) in Omagh, are celebrating today having been named People’s Prize winners at the Northern Ireland final of Lloyds Banking Group’s Money for Life Challenge, a UK-wide competition to inspire better money management skills in communities across the UK.
South West College Essential Skills learners, Elizabeth O’Neill from Enniskillen and Bernard Green from Omagh have been awarded the County Fermanagh and County Tyrone (respectively) 2015 Essential Skills Learner of the Year award, at the annual Essential Skills Awards ceremony, which took place at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast.
Irish charity, Cycle Against Suicide has announced that its all-Ireland Cycle Against Suicide bike ride will visit Omagh on Wednesday 29th April and the charity has chosen South West College (SWC) as an anchor college to co-host an amazing mental health event during the lunch-time stop.
Local volunteer Jonathan Logan is passionate about making a difference and volunteering allows him to see the benefits of working to help those with an intellectual disability to make a difference to their own lives and within their community.
South West College (SWC) Dungannon and 24 employers teamed up to pitch opportunities in the world of engineering to young people at a recent unique careers event.
South West College Technology and Skills Centre in Enniskillen are delighted to host an engineering careers fair this Saturday 21st March from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The event will give students interested in a career in engineering the opportunity to visit the premises, receive tours of the facilities and meet with tutors and representatives from 9 local engineering employers who will be in attendance to discuss career options, job opportunities and the qualities they look for in employees.
South West College recently hosted Arlene Foster MLA Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment and Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive of Invest Northern Ireland (NI) at the Image Studio in its Enniskillen Campus.
IT and Games students from South West College, Omagh, enjoyed a visit from Peter Edgar, Programme Manager, with NISP CONNECT on Thursday 5th March 2015, to explore the Northern Ireland Knowledge Economy and various programmes which support innovation and entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland.
It was all for a good cause at South West College recently, when the STEP students at South West College Omagh Campus took part in ‘Wear it, Beat it’ fundraising activities in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
A mental health awareness conference entitled 'Young Minds Matter' was launched on Monday 9th February 2015 at the South West College (SWC), Omagh. The conference, which will be held on Wednesday 25th February at SWC Omagh, has been organised as part of the College's Outreach Programme in association with NIAMH (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health), PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and WHSCT (Western Health and Social Care Trust).
Students from South West College (SWC) were awarded for their promising business projects at this year’s Future Student of Business Awards, which is organised jointly by the Federation of Small Business and Colleges Northern Ireland at Titanic Belfast.
Early years and pre-school educators from across Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh gathered at the South West College (SWC) in Enniskillen for an early years conference aimed at addressing current issues in early years education. The conference was also attended by staff and students from a range of childcare and early years programmes at the college.
SSE Airtricity, Northern Ireland’s second largest energy provider, has handed a welcome financial boost to twenty-two students from Ulster University and South West Regional College, through a £100,000 Scholarship Fund.
Catering students at South West College are on ‘frying’ form thanks to the launch of a new business engagement initiative which aims to tap into local specialist knowledge in the catering industry.
The hard work and creativity of future entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, is set to be acknowledged at the Future Student of Business Awards taking place at Titanic Belfast this week.
South West College has been recognised for its work in training the bookkeepers of the future with a Gold Centre award from the International Association of Book-keepers (IAB).
South West College received 3 awards at the 16th Annual Plaisterers’ Training Awards, held at the Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London on Tuesday 4th November. The awards recognise the highest standards of achievement in training and education within the UK plastering trade.
South West College, Omagh Campus will host an NI BIM Technology and Design Showcase on Wednesday 19th November. This free event will comprise of a host of demonstrations, workshops and guest talks relating to the latest technologies and design procedures. The event has been organised by NI BIM Hub in partnership with South West College and Ulster University, due to the rapid increase in industry demand for BIM technology advice and guidance.
Staff and students at South West College flocked to the college’s restaurants on 26th September for coffee and cakes, all in aid of Macmillan’s World’s Largest Coffee Morning, its flagship national fundraising event. The event raised £1200.00, which will be used to provide invaluable cancer support services across the local area of Tyrone and Fermanagh.
The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings was the venue for this week’s special event to showcase the role of the six regional Further Education (FE) Colleges in widening participation to Higher Education. The event, sponsored by the Committee for Employment and Learning, was attended by key stakeholders including business and trade union representatives, MLAs, as well as staff and students from the six regional Further Education Colleges.
19 year old South West College student Jordan Rochford is pictured with his recent accolades won on the stock car racing scene.
South West College recently launched a new Apprenticeship in Providing Financial Services in a drive to support the development of this economically important sector.
The apprenticeship is fully-funded by the Department for Employment and Learning and has been developed in collaboration with the Financial Skills Partnership, based on the sector needs and specific requirements of local employers.
South West College motor vehicle apprentice Declan McGrath, from Belleek, County Fermanagh scooped a gold medal in automotive technology at the recent EuroSkills competition in Lille, France.
A class of Zambian students have graduated from South West College, having successfully completed an award winning online learning programme in information technology, delivered by the college, and sponsored by local charity Direct Aid for Africa (DAFA).
South West College’s Zambia e-Learning project has been highly commended at the recent DANI Awards, Northern Ireland’s premier digital industry awards, which celebrate the best of Northern Ireland’s digital and creative talent.
Aaron O'Neill from Gortin near Omagh and FP McCann have engineered a successful partnership through Aaron's Civil Engineering Foundation degree.
Following a recent cross college assessment by the Investors in People (IiP), South West College has become the first college in Northern Ireland to receive the Health and Wellbeing Good Practice Award in recognition of their commitment to the health and wellbeing of staff.
Declan Mcgrath age 20 from Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and currently employed at Bundoran Motors, Co Donegal, Ireland was named as one of the competitors for Squad UK (Automotive Technology) for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 after competing over three days of intense competition at Emtec Nottingham. Declan was invited to take part in Squad UK after excelling at the WorldSkills UK Pre-Selection Skills Competitions.
Interactive and virtual technologies can help transform rural learning in Northern Ireland, a world-leading expert told a packed South West College in Omagh recently. John Fillwalk, Director of the acclaimed Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts at Ball State University in Indiana, delivered a two-day workshop on virtual worlds and education as part of the SWC strategy to increase access to online classrooms and learning.
SSE Airtricity, Northern Ireland’s second largest energy provider, has partnered with two of Northern Ireland’s largest education providers, the University of Ulster and South West College, to launch the SSE SSE Airtricity Scholarship
in what is a major boost to students from the West and North-West of the country.
Demand for low cost and locally-based routes to honours degrees has resulted in record numbers of students signing up for foundation degrees, according to new figures from South West College.
Local lad, ‘DJ Chris-e’ from Omagh reigned supreme in the DJ category at the recent Music Skills NI competition at the Market Place Theatre in Armagh.
More than 300 pupils wowed a delegation of high-ranking diplomats in Dungannon today as they put newly learned Mandarin Chinese skills to the test.
Richard Cahoon, from Cookstown, will this week take on the best in the UK to hopefully secure a place in the World Skills UK panel heading to Brazil in 2015. Richard, who has already been successful at regional and national level, will compete in an intensive five day event as part of the World Skills Auto Competition (MTEC) in Nottingham that runs from the 14th – Friday 18th June.
Science and engineering, life sciences, software development and creative industries featured in the annual College BEST (Business & Education through Training & Skills) Awards. The awards celebrate the creative and innovative talent within Northern Ireland’s six regional further education (FE) colleges in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has announced the winners of the Northern Ireland VQ Learner of the Year and VQ Employer of the Year on Vocational Qualification (VQ) Day 2014.
South West College and Terex Powerscreen have been awarded the Innovation in Partnership Award at this year’s Apprentice of the Year awards at Hillsborough Castle.
South West College, Niamh (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) and Cookstown District Council recently joined forces to host a hugely successful conference in a bid to help erase stigmas surrounding mental health issues among young people.
South West College was recently acknowledged for outstanding practice of running ASDAN courses by ASDAN Education, a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body.
Dublin based Florists and students of South West College, Ciara Quigley and Karen Massey were recently announced as the first and second prize winners, respectively, at the Irish Chelsea Hub qualifying heat.
South West College in association with the Western Health and Social Services Trust have announced a new Smart Region Internship Programme.
Omagh volunteer Johanne McCanny was recently announced as the recipient of the annual Ross McCartney Volunteer Award in recognition for her outstanding work and commitment in supporting young offenders.
The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) has officially declared South West College as a Grade 1 College. The College is the only Regional College in Northern Ireland to achieve this accolade ranking it among the top 4 colleges within the 350 across the UK.
Four Foundation Degree students from South West College have each received a STEM Industry Bursary of £2500 as part of a collaboration between Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council and South West College.
The Dungannon Campus recently hosted an evening for the College’s trainee hairdressing students and industry professionals with the award winning Hairdresser, Joanne O’Neill.
South West College in association with the Department for Employment and Learning and the Connected programme held a Business Breakfast for employers in the construction and engineering industry entitled ‘Working with Partners in Industry’ in the Gallery Restaurant Omagh Campus on Thursday 3rd April. The event was held to promote engagement on Foundation degree courses at the College.
14 construction and civil engineering students from South West College in Omagh were given the rare chance to visit Gortin’s prospective gold mine recently – the Curraghinalt Project.
For the first time in history, Ireland will be represented at this summer’s Singapore Garden Festival ‘Windows to the World’ category as South West College student, Jenny Murphy accepts her invitation to showcase her creative blooms at Asia’s much awaited best garden and flower show.
Young people who have successfully completed the Connections programme at South West College were recently praised for their efforts in overcoming personal barriers to return to education, training or employment and urged to continue to believe in themselves to achieve their goals.
It has just been announced that South West College will be the venue for the Autoskills Northern Ireland regional finals on the 7th May 2014. This event will see the top motor vehicle and heavy vehicle technicians from across the province competing to claim the accolade of Northern Ireland Technician of the year 2014 for both categories.
This week will be no ordinary week for Declan McGrath from, Belleek. Declan is due to take part in an intensive Auto Skills UK selection competition for the World Skills finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015.
Mechanics are certainly in the blood for Richard Cahoon, from Cookstown who is about to take part in an intensive Auto Skills UK selection competition for the World Skills finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015.
South West College recently held a launch for the research report conducted in relation to the College’s commitment to equality and diversity.
South West College is established as the lead educator in the area of wind turbine and renewable energy technologies in Northern Ireland. This reputation has enabled the College to develop close links with the energy community in the UK, Europe and across the world.
Patrick O’Brien from Mountfield, an NVQ Level 2 Motor Vehicle student at South West College Omagh Campus is taking the Rally world by storm as he continues to break records at junior and senior level.
Chris Millan, the UK Trade Accounts Manager for Halfords visited South West College Omagh Campus recently to reinforce support for the excellent work being done by the College’s Motor Vehicle team.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today presented the ‘Future Students of Business Award’ to South West College student, Leanne O’Neill.
The Deaf Communications Infrastructure Development (DCID) Project culminated recently with a conference held at the Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen. The DCID project, funded by the European Union INTERREG IVA Programme, has run for the last 3 years and has given deaf people from the border areas of Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Monaghan, and Sligo an opportunity to teach Sign Language (either British or Irish) to the hearing people from these areas.
South West College has been awarded two prestigious honours at the 15th Annual Plaisterers’ Training Awards ceremony in London recently.
Beauty Therapy students of South West College are enthused to be organising a fundraising event along with Cancer Focus on Thursday 5 December 2013 from 10am to 7pm in the Dungannon Campus.
South West College has just launched its Friends and Alumni Association with membership from across the Enniskillen, Omagh, Dungannon and Cookstown Campus areas.
The South West College are pleased to announce the completion of a cross border Fusion project, with Agri-Spread in Co. Mayo, as part of the InterTradeIreland funded programme.
South West College Hairdressing students have joined forces with Motor Vehicle students to launch a new pilot programme aimed at encouraging young women to take more responsibility for the maintenance and safety of their vehicles on the road.
South West College, in conjunction with Digital Circle, is delighted to announce Unity 3D Training across Northern Ireland.
Roofscape in partnership with the South West College has been successful in securing a grant of over £70,000 to help improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills in Building Information Modelling (BIM) that reside within the UK knowledge base.
Dancing dragons descended on Dungannon last night as a traditional Chinese performance opened an important new South West College initiative.
Ekadasi Ryan and Tanya Gatora, very talented students from the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at South West College, have had the privilege of having their art work featured in a publication by Heart Educational Supplies.
Local Fintona girl Megan Mullan has been awarded the highly prestigious JP McManus Scholarship.
South West College has just installed a 20kW Solar Photovoltaic Panel System at the Burn Road Campus in Cookstown demonstrating further its commitment to sustainability.
Mike Collins, from Derryadd, Lisnaskea, is a finalist in the Skillauto Final at the NEC in Birmingham in November.
Fermanagh and Tyrone students have had unprecedented good news this week as South West College has secured an additional 40 new Higher Education places in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects for this academic year.
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The provision of Mandarin Chinese language by South West College is opening routes to unprecedented global opportunities for Northern Ireland. The Hanban, China selected South West College as the North’s only Further Education College to be awarded the ‘Confucius Hub’ status.
South West College was delighted at the achievements of two of its Gold Engineering Programme students at the recent Apprentice of the Year Awards in Belfast, funded by the Department of Education and Learning.
South West College was delighted today to launch the Soccer Academy at its Omagh Campus. The College has recognised for some time that it needs to include more practical elements in its sport programmes in order to give students improved access to first class coaching from different sports experts.
South West College, Omagh, recently hosted an Engineering Summer School to give young people an insight into the range of engineering career pathways. The purpose of the day was to help young people clarify their understanding of the increasing range of courses in this field.
The south west region has the potential to be become a hotbed for international business, a panel of industry leaders told a major conference held at South West College in Enniskillen today.
South West College has bagged Ireland its first NESTLÉ TOQUE D’OR® victory, while also continuing the all-girl winning streak from 2012, after being crowned the winner of the prestigious student catering competition at a ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel yesterday (4th June).
South West College was delighted with the tremendous achievements of its students in this year’s BEST Awards which took place recently in Armagh.
Just a month before international leaders descend on the Lough Erne Hotel, the youth of Northern Ireland were offered the opportunity to partake in a Youth Summit and work on proposals which will be put forward to the world leaders when they arrive in Fermanagh for the international summit.