South West College launch brand new Career Builder programme align with Allstate

Published: July 26, 2022

South West College (SWC) is delighted to launch a brand-new Career Builder programme, which is a unique employability and career preparation initiative to help post-16 learners develop professional skills along with their BTEC Extended Diploma (which is the equivalent to 3 A-Levels.)

Nowadays, employers are looking for more than just a qualification. They want candidates who can hit the ground running and add instant value to their business. In response to industry demand, South West College has developed a new suite of Career Builder programmes at Level 3, which gives learners a qualification in their chosen subject plus a qualification showing their industry skills and experience alongside a raft of activities, aiming to help learners progress and get the job they want.

South West College (SWC) staff and Level 3 Childcare and Construction and Civil Engineering students .

South West College (SWC) staff and Level 3 Childcare and Construction and Civil Engineering students pictured at the SWC Omagh campus celebrating the recent launch of SWC's brand-new Career Builder programme.

Pictured from Left to right: Hannah Quinn (Dromore), Toni Teague (Omagh), Anne Marie Donaghy (SWC), Tiernan Mc Canny (Dromore), Padraig Mc Namee (Head of Faculty), Maura Mc Mahon (Fintona), Roisin Bradley (Deputy Head of School), Shannon Colhoun (Omagh), Paul Mc Cusker ( SWC), David Conway (Aughabrack), and Danielle Mc Kelvey (Deputy Head of School)

As part of the programme, post-16 learners will gain a Diploma in Industry Skills qualification and wide experience in work and work-based projects, including 1-2-1 industry mentoring and site visits. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in industry master classes, CV and interview prep; skills boot camps and skills competitions to ensure students will finish College with the qualifications, skills and experience needed to gain and succeed in employment.

The South West College Career Builder course enhancement programme, is now enrolling across all four campuses for September 2022 start and is available on the following courses; the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology, Engineering, Construction and the Built Environment and Health & Social Care.

West College, Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT students .

South West College, Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT students celebrating the completion of their project based learning module alongside Aine Mc Namee, Allstate.

Pictured at the Erne campus from left to right: Andrew Orr, Armandas Gadeliauskas, Conor Fox, Vaidas Vaisnora, Patrick Donnelly (Tutor) Front Row L-R: Aine Mc Namee (Allstate), Luka Nowakowska, Orla Lunny, Luciea Webb, Gavin Beacom, Patrick Gilroy.

Aine Mc Namee, Business Analyst for Allstate, which is Northern Ireland's largest IT Company, said: "As a client, we have enjoyed working with the College and the students via project-based learning and active exploration. It has been great to see the students grow in confidence, and the standard of work compared to the beginning of the project has been phenomenal. As a result, the students now have a better understanding of real-world projects and have developed their confidence and skillset making them more industry-ready."

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