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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has launched a new Supply Chain and Logistics course for Higher Level Apprentices at Northern Regional College. The course, funded by the Department for the Economy, is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and will ensure a pipeline of skilled talent flows to this important sector.

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A Newtownabbey student who attends Northern Regional College has been highly commended in the Further Education Student of the Year category at the OCN NI Learner Endeavour Awards 2021. Savanna is doing Route 2 Work, the first in a series of four inclusive learning programmes offered by the College. She was nominated by her lecturer, Rhonda Brady who said she impressed, not only by Savanna’s motivation and enthusiasm, but her positive attitude and willingness to help others.

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Northern Regional College has ‘teamed up’ with IFA premier league club Ballymena United to offer an innovative opportunity to talented young footballers who wish to combine their skills on the pitch with their studies. The new BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development (Ballymena United Academy) will combine a professional football training programme with an accredited qualification, giving skilled players a unique opportunity to develop both on and off the field.

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As part of its ongoing commitment to make its campuses wholly inclusive, Northern Regional College is hosting a series of autism friendly information sessions for prospective students with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout June.

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Engineering students at Northern Regional College have embarked on a journey which could bring them all the way to the WorldSkills UK National finals later this year. For the first time ever, Northern Ireland students had an opportunity to compete in the Industrial Robotics category of UKSkills and all six teams in the competition were comprised of engineering students from the College’s Ballymena campus. A total of twelve students from a variety of engineering courses, including Level 3 Extended Diploma, Higher Level Apprenticeship and Foundation Degree, participated in the first stage of the competition where they had to perform an offline programming task set and assessed by FANUC Ltd.

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Northern Regional College (NRC) has updated local stakeholders on the “exciting progress” made in recent months on its new campus development at its existing Union Street site in Coleraine. Funded by the Department for the Economy, the £40million development in the town forms part of a wider £84million capital investment programme, which will also see the development of a new campus for the College at Farm Lodge in Ballymena. The Coleraine campus has been temporarily relocated to the former St Joseph’s College at Beresford Avenue. The demolition phase at the College’s Union Street site by lead construction contractor Heron Bros. Ltd is almost complete, with construction of the new building then scheduled to get underway this summer.

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