South West College to celebrate NI Apprenticeship Week with Engineering Careers Fair

South West College (SWC) are preparing to celebrate Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week which runs from 26-30 April 2021 with Engineering Careers Fair...

Pictured is Higher Level Apprentice Hannah Maneely, who studies Manufacturing Engineering at SWC and is employed by Nugent Engineering, who has been shortlisted in the NI Higher Level Apprentice of the Year category at the NI Apprenticeship awards.

South West College (SWC) are preparing to celebrate Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week which runs from 26-30 April 2021. The Colleges showcase virtual event ‘Get Engineering’, will take place on Tuesday 27 April from 5:30-7:00pm and will demonstrate to prospective apprentices and employers the benefits of becoming and hiring an apprentice. Aspiring apprentices will also hear about upcoming recruitment opportunities from a range of local engineering companies. 

The event will offer visitors the chance to hear from potential employers and discover what apprenticeships are available at the College.

The Virtual careers event will take the format of interactive online webinars with a live Q+A function and will be hosted live on You Tube Premiere. 

The event, organised by SWC in conjunction with local employers, will offer visitors the chance to find out more about local engineering apprenticeship opportunities starting from September 2021. The event will promote the College’s range of apprenticeship options available to young people and is suitable for both A Level and GCSE school leavers.

The event is designed to showcase the opportunities available in the local area and to open visitors minds to the huge variety of apprenticeships on offer in their community.

Prospective apprentices are encouraged to pre-register for the event and should log on to the Colleges website at to register and be in with their chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher. 

Led by the Department for the Economy, the annual week-long celebration aims to raise the profile of apprenticeships across Northern Ireland by bringing together partners including local councils, employers, universities, further education colleges and private training providers. The week will offer an opportunity through a dedicated series of events and promotional activity to demonstrate how apprenticeships work for individuals, businesses, communities and the wider economy.  

The week will be an opportunity for prospective apprentices to learn about the range of apprenticeships and higher-level apprenticeships available at the College.

SWC will be highlighting the opportunities available at the college by showcasing courses, recruitment opportunities, career pathways and industry connections and providing insights and personal experiences from past and present apprentices.

Michael McAlister SWC Principal and Chief Executive said “The Get Engineering Virtual Careers Fair is a great opportunity for young people and their parents to hear for themselves what apprenticeships are available. It is designed to give school leavers and those looking to further their career prospects a valuable opportunity to experience at first hand the variety of exciting job options available to them and the high-quality skills training that is on offer to help them realise their ambitions right here on their doorstep.

“With the growing costs of university tuition fees, it is vital that ambitious young people wishing to obtain higher level qualifications are aware of the range of options available to help them make better, informed choices and I would encourage the community to register to attend to see what is on offer.”

Central to the week will also be the Northern Ireland Apprenticeship awards. Three South West College apprentices have been shortlisted for the awards, which recognise apprentices who are making a significant contribution in their workplace and have shown a dedication to excel in their professional development and learning. Winners of the awards will be announced on Wednesday 28th April.

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