Pat O’Hanlon Deputy Head of Department Training said; “I would like to congratulate Richard Cahoon, a Level 3 Motor Vehicle student from the Omagh campus, on his achievement of being selected to represent Southwest College as one of the top five mechanics in the UK. He will be joined by Declan McGrath from the Enniskillen campus. Richard is employed by Gormleys’ Garage in Omagh. South West College now has two students in the top five mechanics in the UK; this is a very significant achievement which highlights the commitment of South West College to vocational training”.
Pat added; “This success is the result of continual substantial investment by the College in the most up to date and modern diagnostic equipment in the motor vehicle industry and with the continuous up-skilling of college staff on the latest automotive techniques has culminated in the college receiving an outstanding Grade 1 from the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI)”.
South West College has forged strong links with a wide variety of employers in the southwest region which has enabled our trainees to avail of the best possible training. The collaboration between employers and the College coupled with a high level of financial investment provides a strong base for the provision of outstanding quality training in Motor Vehicle Mechanics in the South West Region.
John Dawson the World Skills UK Training Manager for Automotive Technology added his support to the College for its dynamic and professional approach in training students to the highest of industry standards.
John said; “We at World Skills UK really appreciate the contribution that SWC makes to our competitions. They provide outstanding competitors through an evident level of commitment to investing in new technologies and exemplary employer relations. The quality of student that the College is developing for industry will provide the highest of standards for the automotive industry in years to come. South West College is raising the standard of excellence within the automotive industry in Northern Ireland and beyond”.
Richards’s employer, Richard Kyle of Gormley Motors Omagh said; “We are delighted for Richard, he is a very conscientious apprentice. Richard has always shown a keen interest in developing his skills and continually tries to challenge himself with modern technologies. All the team at Gormley Motors wish him every success”.
Gormley Motors has had a long established link with the South West College, a relationship spanning over 30 years. Mr Kyle added; “Richard’s success highlights the achievements that can be gained through the Apprenticeship programme, which I would strongly recommend”.
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