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Celebration of Success

The annual Celebration of Success ceremony took place last week with a series of virtual events that recognised the achievements of SWC’s top  Further Education and Apprenticeship students, acknowledging the hard work and determination that has been demonstrated. You can watch the Tourism, Hospitality, Hair and Beauty awards below, or find the complete set of award presentations on our YouTube page and the full list of winners on our website.

South West College reduces carbon impact with the printing of new 2021/22 course listing

We recently launched our 2021/22 course listings and for the first time, they have been printed using Carbon Balanced Paper as part of our sustainability strategy. As a result, we’ve reduced carbon impact and balanced the equivalent of 1,118kg of carbon dioxide which will enable the World Land Trust to protect 782 square metres of critically threatened tropical forest. Carbon Balanced Paper is a simple way to balance the carbon emissions of office paper and printed marketing communications. It involves the average carbon impact of paper being measured and offset through the work of the World Land Trust, an international conservation charity that protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats acre by acre. SWC’s comprehensive course listings give an overview of the unique and extensive course provision that the College has to offer on one double-sided A3 guide.

Intergenerational Cafe

In 2019, during our series of intergenerational cafés, we had visitors doing research on ‘linking generations’. Linking generations have now launched their report and it’s wonderful to see South West College identified for good practice in NI with the Intergenerational Café. This is from the report:

“In early 2019, the South West College in Dungannon launched an intergenerational café as part of the college’s Project-Based Learning initiative. The first year of the project involved students from the Children’s Care Learning and Development (CCLD) programme, working alongside Primary 3 pupils from Dungannon Primary School and service users from an Age NI Day Centre. In the second year, this has expanded to include more care homes (including one for people with learning disabilities) and students studying subjects such as STEM, sport and business and marketing.”

Congratulations to everyone involved with this project. You can read the full report here or watch the video below to learn more about the intergenerational café at South West College.

Cyber and Coding Summer School

This summer, a Cyber and Coding school aimed at students aged 16-19 and interested in Coding and Cyber will give an insight and understanding into one of our most vastly growing industries. From 28th June to the 2nd July (classes from 9:30am-3:30pm) the Cyber and Coding Summer Camp will be on offer in Dungannon, Enniskillen & Omagh campuses. For more information or to book, contact Ann-Marie Donaghy on 07545205249

Dry Lining Apprenticeship Recruitment Open Night at Oakleaf Contracts

In partnership with SWC, Oakleaf Contracts, a local company based in Magherafelt, will open its doors to host a recruitment open night on Thursday 24 June 7-9 pm for prospective students to find out more about becoming a dry lining apprentice. Oakleaf Contracts have launched their brand new 2021 Dry Lining Apprenticeship Programme, which is now open for applications. This exciting initiative will be delivered through the Department for the Economy’s Apprenticeship NI Programme as a way of upskilling young people to meet current and future industry skills needs. The drop-in recruitment event allows visitors to come on-site to view the facilities and is a fantastic opportunity for prospective students and their parents to network and gain a more in-depth insight into the brand-new Apprenticeship Programme. Read more here.

Cathal Deehan speaks on behalf of students at ‘Confucius the Philosopher’

South West College Confucius student Cathal Deehan recently spoke at the ‘Confucius the Philosopher’ online event on behalf of students in Northern Ireland. Ahead of the event, we caught up with him to hear about his time studying Mandarin with South West College.

Cathal Deehan’s passion for languages is nothing new. He says, “my interest in studying mandarin started with a general interest in languages. I went to the Omagh CBS, where I studied Spanish to A-Level, then I lived in Spain for a year. Living in a foreign country and speaking to local people in their native tongue is a special experience and I really caught the language bug from that.

“I first studied Chinese when I was at university in London. It struck me as a very different challenge to learning a European language, so I took a few evening classes. It was several years later, when I was living in Omagh again, that I realised South West College were offering Mandarin. It both surprised and impressed me that this was available in Omagh, and it definitely rekindled my curiosity.” Keep reading here.

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