Financial Advice served up to ‘Generation Debt’

Financial advice service, Heracles Foundation Limited served up some free financial information and guidance to students at South West College (SWC) Dungannon through ‘Project FISH’ – which aims to help ensure that future generations are financially aware to stay credit worthy and to avoid the pitfalls of loans and mortgages.

‘Generation debt’ refers to the troubling amount of millennial debt, which supersedes any other generation in history. Connell McBride from Heracles Foundation Limited said:

“The increase in tailored marketing aimed at social media users, coupled with financial products such as store cards on offer, allow younger customers to build up significant debt at a high level of interest.

 “Through Project FISH, we want to encourage young people to take stock – to consider their attitudes towards money and spending and also to give them some practical strategies to make positive changes to help fulfil their future aims and aspirations.”

Speaking about the College’s collaboration with Heracles Foundation Limited, Kate McCaul from SWC said:

“Many of our students will soon transition from education to the workforce, where the role of money will become more prevalent in their lives. Knowledge about how money affects their aims and aspirations for the future is vital to ensure they can manage money to build credit ratings ahead of major purchases.

Project FISH also hopes that increased financial awareness and responsibility among young people will also help alleviate anxiety and stress related to financial concerns.

Administration student, Kyara Moore has also recently completed a work placement with Heracles Foundation, she said:

“My work placement with the Foundation has been a real eye opener to the complications and struggles people face due to ill-informed and poor financial choices, some of which were made a long time ago but still affect them today. Project FISH provides really valuable help and information to anyone in financial difficulty.”

For further information, advice or support on managing personal financial issues, please contact Heracles Foundation Limited, 56 Scotch Street, Armagh or telephone 02837013132 or email contact@heraclesfoundation.com

Catering Reunion

Alan Charles, who was part of the catering school between 1968-70 played a large role in organising the reunion. Alan said, “We’ve had a few reunions over the years, and it’s really down to the appreciation we have for Geoff Bodel, who taught us all those years ago, and how highly we all think of him.”

“Geoff has been living in Australia for a long time, but we managed to get in contact over e-mail a few years ago, and any time he’s been back over here we’ve managed to get in touch. Geoff played a large role in helping us set off on the respective careers we’ve had in this industry, careers that have taken us all over the world. He was so generous, so practical and we learned so much from him. He was like a father figure in many ways. There’s a few people here who have worked in Canada all over their lives and have come home for this reunion.”

Oliver McCrossan said, “The college here has obviously moved on a lot since we were here, but it was great back then as well. At that time the facilities were all new and very good for the time.”

Ulster GAA Visit Omagh Students

Ulster GAA visited South West College (Omagh Campus) to give sports students the opportunity to try Wheelchair Hurling and Football.

This was part of their PE programme and the students can now signpost potential players to these games as they progress in their studies and careers.


Marvin Wins Business School Award

Marvin Mbeulani, HR & Workforce Development Administrator at the Enniskillen Campus was recently rewarded at the Ulster University Business School awards for his placement year with the college.

Currently studying on the BSc Human Resource Management programme at UU, Marvin excelled on his placement year with South West College and this was recognised by the University who presented him with the Lynas Food Service Award.

A former student at South West College, where he studied on the Access Course in 2015, Marvin was delighted to receive the award from Ulster University. “I learnt a lot during my placement with South West College, what I learnt there has allowed me to develop myself both in a personal and professional capacity. The tutelage I received from Sonia and the rest of the HR team was outstanding and has really helped me with both my studies and career.”


College Ambassador raises money for St Columba’s

Congratulations to Des Ferguson, Director of Omagh-based architectural consultancy firm, Arch-Aid Design who walked from Derry/L’Derry to Omagh on Saturday in aid of St Columba’s Restoration Fund! Des is an ambassador for SWC through the Industrial Advisory Board for Construction. Des is pictured (right) along with SWC staff William Young & Danielle McKelvey at a recent scholarship event.


Mateo: Erasmus Plus Programme

Step Students in Omagh

A part time Step Art Class displayed a selection of their work they completed this year. This included their masks, observational drawings, papier mache, wet felting and more. Students in the photo are Jordan Jones, Gemma Fox, Malachy McGee, Sharon Devlin and Johnnie Crawford. Peter Mullin, Esther Mulligan and William Mulvill were absent from the photo. Staff involved are Shirley Baloucoune, Claire McCarron and Marion Rodgers.

Kindness ROCKS!

The Childcare team recently completed a sponsored walk in aid of the NSPCC, from the Dungannon Campus to Dungannon Park. The students painted rocks with messages of positivity, kindness and hope, which they hid along the route for a fun ‘hide and seek’ game to promote simple acts of kindness! The team raised £185.20 – all of which will go to NSPCC – the leading children’s charity, which works to protect children today and prevents abuse tomorrow to transform society for every childhood.


SWC Alumni: Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar has been one of Northern Ireland’s leading actors for a number of years, and his prominence has continued to grow over the last few weeks as the latest season of Line of Duty came to a conclusion. The dramatic, spoiler threatened, conclusion to the show means that he’s spent the last month or more carefully navigating his way through TV and radio interviews for fear of letting anything slip. Perhaps no surprise then that he was happy to change the line of questioning, and answer a few more relaxed enquires about his time growing up in Enniskillen, and in particular his experience at what was once the Enniskillen Technical College.

Read more ay Way out West…


Prince’s Trust in Game of Thrones Country

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is starting again on the 20th of May, in both Omagh and Enniskillen Campus. Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland aims to help young people who are unemployed or struggling with education discover and embrace new opportunities. Last year, as part of the programme, South West College’s 2018 Prince’s Trust cohort enjoyed a residential stay at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, and visited locations where parts of Games of Thrones were shot. Read about it on Way out West…