Staff and students across further and higher education colleges in Northern Ireland have been exploring new ways to ensure that teaching and student support services continue remotely while under lockdown regulations caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The message to stay close to home to support families and the wider community has never been more important. That’s exactly what thousands of students do each year by choosing their local Further Education (FE) College for post A-Level and Leaving Cert study.
SWC Dungannon recently hosted the ‘Create 2020’ event targeted at employers seeking project solutions through Project Based Learning (PBL). PBL in an educational setting has been identified as one of the most proven effective tools for the development of twenty first century skills, including creativity, communication, collaboration, completing projects and core vocational competence.
The Launch of the new South West College Professional Cookery Apprenticeship took place in Enniskillen on Tuesday 4th February, as chefs from the local industry joined college students and tutors to showcase the new opportunities available to young people with ambitions in the catering industry.
The Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2020 took place on Thursday 6 February at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast, with South West College student, Colleen O’Boyle, announced as joint-winner of the Higher Level Apprentice Award.
Further to the successful partnership with Glasgow-based GTG Training, BPW has now partnered with South West College (SWC), Omagh. This appointment ensures that BPW customers in Northern Ireland now have local access to the same level of training offered by BPW engineers at the Head Office in Leicester.
South West College (SWC) Automotive apprentice Billie-Jo McKenzie is hoping to demonstrate her skills on both the European and World stages following her selection to Squad UK for the EuroSkills Competition in Graz, Austria and the international WorldSkills Competition in Shanghai.
Tuesday 11th December marked a significant date in the calendar for South West College students and staff - Graduation Day - the highlight of the Higher Education academic year with over 600 students conferred during a ceremony at Omagh Leisure Centre.
The South West College Renewable Engine Programme has been involved in an international collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast and Sultan Oaboos University in Oman to convert leftover grain from breweries into carbon, which could be used as a renewable fuel for homes in winter, charcoal for summer barbecues or water filters in developing countries. The project was funded by EPSRC and The Bryden Centre at Queen’s.
The Confucius Classroom Hub at South West College (SWC) has been awarded commended status from the AoC Beacon Awards
as an 'outstanding example of a college’s ability to embed internationalisation across the college, wider regional educational system and the business community.'