Open Day for the new Technology & Skills Centre 27th August 2009

Open Day for the new Technology & Skills Centre 27th August 2009 The completion of the new £10m South West College Technology & Skills Centre at Killyhevlin Industrial Estate, Enniskillen and the launch of the new DEL sponsored Programme Led Apprenticeships provide exciting opportunities for young people considering a career in Construction and Engineering.

The Technology & Skills Centre is now open for business and to mark this milestone, South West College is holding an open day at the Centre on Thursday 27th August from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm.  This event will allow people interested in commencing apprenticeships or part-time courses to visit the centre, observe the new workshops and equipment and speak to staff and business representatives about the opportunities available in the Construction and Engineering sectors.


“In order to meet long-term growth forecasts, the Construction and Engineering sectors require an annual intake of new entrants trained to NVQ Level 3 in the relevant disciplines.  This training will take up to 3 years for young people entering this September and training is provided via two distinct routes at the Technology & Skills Centre” Maria Hackett Head of Training

1. Programme Led Apprenticeships – this is college based training, with an element of work placement.  This programme provides young people with the opportunity to work towards NVQ Level 2 & 3 without the requirement to be employed from day one.

2. Employer Led Apprenticeships – this is employer based training with an element of College in provision.  This programme provides young people with the opportunity to achieve NVQ Level 2 & 3 whilst in employment from day one.

Both these programmes are available across a diverse range of occupational areas, including: Construction; Mechanical and Electrical Engineering; Vehicle Engineering; Business; Catering; Sport; Caring; Hair and Beauty.  With such a selection, there’s something to suit everyone”.

In addition to providing training for new entrants to the Construction & Engineering sectors, the Technology & Skills Centre is also a regional hub for the delivery of a range of additional training programmes; including ApprenticeNI; the Steps to Work Programme; Higher Education courses and an exciting new part time provision.

  • ApprenticeNI – this programme provides existing employees with the opportunity to up-skill to NVQ Level 2/3 whilst remaining in employment.
  • Steps to Work Programme provides the unemployed with an opportunity to undertake training to develop the skills necessary to re-enter employment.
  • Higher Education – provides for continuing professional development via HNC in Engineering and NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Management.
  • Part time Provision – to mark the opening of the new Technology & Skills Centre, South West College has expanded the Centre’s evening provision to include an exciting range of new courses, including: Interior Design; DIY; Floor and Wall Tiling.

Mrs Hackett added: “As we move towards the end of the summer, many young people will be turning their attention to the next stage in their education and training in preparation to enter employment.  Both the Programme Led and Employer Led Apprenticeship programmes at South West College and our relationships with key employers throughout the South West Region, provide opportunities for skills development and the transition into employment.  There are also plenty of choices on offer through the part-time provision – whether you want to develop a new hobby or gain a new qualification or skill to enhance your career prospects”.

For Further Information

Technology & Skills Centre
Deborah Brown or Brid McMahonon
T:028 6634 2204