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Apprentice Recruitment Job Fair

20th April 2019

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is hosting an Apprenticeship job fair to offer school leavers, or anyone thinking of taking on an apprenticeship, the chance to find out more about local opportunities commencing from September 2019.

Held at the College’s Downpatrick Campus on Wednesday, May 1 from 5:30-7:30pm the event will offer visitors the chance to meet potential employers face-to-face and discover what apprenticeship opportunities are available in the area.

The Apprentice Recruitment Fair training programme manager, Victoria Boyd said: “The event will promote the range of apprenticeship options available through the College for young people and is suitable for both A Level and GCSE school leavers. We plan to showcase the opportunities available in the local area to make people aware of the the huge variety of apprenticeships on offer in their community from Level 2 and 3 through to Higher-Level Apprenticeships.

“We are delighted that local employers such as O’Hare McGovern, Balloo Inns, Praxis and Phoenix Gas, who respectively offer construction, hospitality and catering, health and social care, and gas management apprenticeships, will be on hand to talk about what’s available and what it is like to work in their organisations.”

She added: “The apprenticeship route is a growing area for young people. We are finding that for many young people, being employed, earning money and continuing with their studies is a much more attractive route in getting them to where they want to be career-wise.”

SERC’s Careers Advisors will also be on hand to offer independent expert advice for those still undecided about which route to take and help with interview techniques and compiling a CV.

Meanwhile, a team of engineering apprentice students from the college are celebrating after being awarded £3,000 to develop their prototype safety device for the fishing industry.

Level 3 Manufacturing Engineering apprentices, Jake Walker, Cameron McKee, Daniel McClements and James Coffey along with a project team consisting of members from the University of the Third Age (3UA) and SERC Engineering lecturers, created a device that could accurately calculate the length of the cable that has been released or retrieved when fishing. The team have been awarded the grant from the Walney Community Fund and plan to use the support to address electronic adaptions required for their device in the development of a table top prototype.

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