College Connect

College Connect


College Connect is a project organised by South West College as part of the European Social Fund. It is aimed at people aged 16 to 24 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).

College Connect will assist participants to integrate into the labour market, delivering a mentor-led programme which supports their holistic development. It also provides opportunity to achieve a full Level 1 qualification and assists progression into employment, education or training.

The programme will include:

  • NOCN Level 1 Certificate in Vocational Skills ( Pathways Can include - Construction, Catering, Horticulture, IT & Office Skills, Hair & Beauty, Sports & Leisure, Social Care and Early Years, Creative Arts, Vehicle Care) over 1 year starting in September 2019

  • ​Essential Skills in Numeracy and Literacy - up to level 2

  • Vocational Sampling – (if a student is undecided on career path to take, then they have an opportunity to sample a number of subject areas)

  • Mentoring - 1:1 support, help with applications, classroom support, cv, interview skills, confidence building, goal setting and addressing participant specific needs

  • Work placements

  • Team building Trips – Cuilcagh Mountain, Todd’s Leap etc

  • Lunch Provided

  • Travel and Childcare provided

  • Students can apply for EMA and Bus Pass

  • Does not affect benefits Must be aged 16-24

This programme is the first stepping stone for those young people wishing to progress to education or training.

Confidence & Resilience

The programme enhances confidence and resilience and embeds the coping strategies required for entry to education & employment.

Mentor Led 

The ratio of 1 mentor to 16 participants provides the support required for positive transitions.

Participant Led

The programme is participant centred, blending accredited qualifications with personal development support and structured employer engagement, ensuring that participants make informed decisions on their career pathway.

College Connect is available in the South West College catchment areas.

For further information please contact

Derek – 07848 078772 or
Maire – 07876 478071 or
Facebook - @swccollegeconnect