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Travel and Tourism students at Northern Regional College were inspired – and more than a little bit jealous – to hear first-hand what it’s like to work with Virgin Atlantic Airways. Barry Sheils, an on-board manager with the prestigious airline, spoke to Level 2 and 3 Travel and Tourism students at the College’s Coleraine and Magherafelt campuses via Zoom. He told them how after he completed his Level 3 course, he’d flown with short-haul low-cost carriers for several years before progressing to a cabin crew position with Virgin and then landing his dream job as an on-board manager with the airline.

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds today said the construction of a new £40million campus for the Northern Regional College (NRC) was a significant boost to the economy at a very challenging time. The Minister was speaking following the appointment of Heron Bros. Ltd. as the lead contractor to build the new NRC Coleraine campus.

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Northern Regional College has introduced new training aids to enable Hair, Beauty and Barbering students to complete the practical training elements required for their qualifications despite the current social distancing restrictions. Hair, Barbering and Beauty are considered close contact services. Students would normally complete the practical elements of their course by practising on their peers and clients however, as Hairdressing lecturer Vikki Smyth explained, this is currently no longer an option.

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Northern Regional College has introduced new training aids to enable Hair and Beauty students to complete the practical training elements required for their qualifications, despite the current social distancing restrictions. Beauty, Hair and Barbering are considered close contact services and students would normally complete the practical elements by practising on their peers and clients however as Beauty lecturer Claire Falls explained, this is currently no longer an option.

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A Coleraine woman who joined the staff of Northern Regional College in 2015 as a finance apprentice has just completed her final professional exams and is on track to become a chartered accountant. As a trainee accountant, Catherine Shiels successfully completed a two-year Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) in Accountancy at the College’s Coleraine campus in 2017. For the next three years, while working full-time, she studied part-time with Chartered Accountants Ireland and has just completed her final Admitting Exams. When she completes her fourth and final year as a trainee accountant next summer, Catherine can apply for professional membership as a fully-fledged chartered accountant.

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A County Antrim woman who completed a Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) in Accountancy at Northern Regional College has just qualified a s a chartered accountant. But unlike many of her peers who went to university, she is embarking on her accountancy career without a penny of student debt. Laura Todd, who is from Ballycastle and employed by Irwin Donaghey and Stockman, said she would recommend the ‘earn as you learn’ route to anyone interested in pursuing an accountancy related career.

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