At NRC we are involved in training delivery overseas. There are numerous potential benefits for stakeholders of the college that accrue from international activity, and these are outlined below.

Students benefit from:
• Greater awareness and comprehension of global issues
• Greater understanding and appreciation of different countries, their cultures and working methods, and are therefore better equipped to live and work in a global economy and multicultural society
• Access to study/work placements abroad, which will increase their future opportunities for mobility.

College staff benefit from:
• Increased staff development opportunities via international placements, exchanges and project assignments
• New and creative ideas through collaboration and sharing of experience and best practice with overseas partners
• Opportunities to create new strategic partnerships with local, national and international businesses.

Employers benefit from:
• Access to a workforce that is better equipped with the appropriate skills for a global economy and which will help to increase UK competitiveness

Local communities benefit from:
• Improved cohesion through the development of globally aware citizens with increased understanding and tolerance of others.

Examples include:

  • Delivery of bespoke training programme to new graduate recruits for Schlumberger in plants across the world, including Houston, Shanghai, Japan.
  • Delivery of workshops and e-learning materials for a Level 5 Electrical qualification in the Republic of Ireland to 100 employees of ESB through a contract with City & Guilds International.
  • Trades Mission to Saudia Arabia (Organised byInvestNI)


About the Trades Mission to Saudi Arabia
In May 2013, NRC was one of three colleges that took part in a 14 company multisector business delegation from Northern Ireland on a 5 day visit to Saudia Arabia. The aim of the visit was to showcase the region’s strengths in terms of products and knowhow, and expand its already influential contribution to the economic and infrastructural development. Members of the delegation, headed by Mission Leader of the regional business development agency Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) Noel Johnson, had an opportunity to display their wide range of products in the manufacturing, transportation, medical and education sectors during a networking reception at the British Consulate General.