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Economy Minister Gordon Lyons today visited Northern Regional College (NRC) to launch a new Assured Skills Collaborative Welding Academy, with 12 training places. Successful applicants to the Academy will receive industry standard welding training that will provide them with the skills to take up potential welding roles with one of six companies in Ballymoney, Ballymena and the surrounding area. Applications will open on Monday 15 November.

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Academics, assistive technology innovators, healthcare practitioners and managers from both sides of the Atlantic will share best practice at a free two-day virtual conference next week. Global Perspectives on Health and Social Care, Collaborative Discussions with Northern Ireland and the U.S on November 16th – 17th, is organised by North West Regional College, Northern Regional College and Ulster University, in partnership with St Petersburg College in Florida.

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Islandmagee’s Savannah Hodgins will represent Northern Regional College in the 3D Digital Games Art category at the WorldSkills UK national finals. WorldSkills UK is a competition-based development programme designed to enhance practical skills and knowledge taught on vocational courses by assessing an individual’s employability attributes in a competitive environment. The original entry of over 3,000 competitors in 64 different skills area was whittled down through a series of local and regional heats with the eight highest scoring competitors in each skills area making it through to the national finals.

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Jonathon Wilsdon, a talented young web designer from Bangor and former student of Northern Regional College, has qualified for the WorldSkills UK national finals. WorldSkills UK is a competition-based development programme designed to enhance practical skills and knowledge in vocational skills areas by assessing an individual’s employability attributes in a competitive environment. The original entry of over 3,000 competitors in 64 different skills area was whittled down through a series of local and regional heats with the eight highest scoring competitors in each skills area making it through to the national finals.

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Although his two older brothers work in hospitality, Coleraine teenager Tyler Campbell, who is a catering student at Northern Regional College in Ballymoney, insists he’s not just following in their footsteps. Tyler knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a chef, so when Contemporary Cuisine and Patisserie and Baking was introduced as a new GSCE subject at his school, he jumped at it.

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Ballycastle’s Lydia Fletcher demonstrated her IT skills to secure her place in the WorldSkills UK national finals. Lydia, who is studying Information Technology and Computing at Northern Regional College will compete in the IT Solutions for Business category. WorldSkills UK is a competition-based development programme designed to enhance practical skills and knowledge taught on vocational courses by assessing an individual’s employability attributes in a competitive environment.

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