Further Education Colleges celebrate student success at the WorldSkills UK finals

A number of students from Northern Ireland’s six Further Education Colleges hace been triumphant at the recent WorldSkills finals held across the UK. 63 students competed in the competitions from across the local Further Education sector, with 26 medals achieved and nine taking home gold including: Northern Ireland’s six Further Education Colleges were placed in the top four regions of …

Further Education Colleges pedal to £5,735 for Air Ambulance NI

Staff from Northern Ireland’s six Further Education Colleges have raised £5,735 for Air Ambulance NI after participating in a charity cycle on Friday 17 June. The charity cycle entitled ‘Further Education 400’ saw teams collectively cycle 400 miles passing through 25 Further Education college campuses. Representatives from the Further Education Sector handed over the cheque to Air Ambulance NI at …

Economy Minister joins College leaders to promote post-16 Further Education offer

Economy Minister, Gordon Lyons MLA, has met with Further Education leaders and teaching staff to discuss the range of options available to school leavers at further education colleges as they receive their GCSE results today. Attending Northern Regional College’s Newtownabbey campus, the Minister also congratulated students across Northern Ireland’s six further education colleges who received their exam results. At Northern …

Economy Minister congratulates students on Further Education success on results day

Economy Minister, Gordon Lyons MLA, has met with Further Education students at South West College to pass on his congratulations as they received results today. Across Northern Ireland, thousands of students from the six further education colleges have received results in A-Level, BTEC and Higher National Diplomas. Attending South West College’s Erne Campus, the Minister also discussed with students and …

Record number of NI students set to compete at ‘WorldSkills’ UK Finals

A record number of further education students have been selected to take part in the WorldSkills UK finals in November. Sixty-three students from Northern Ireland’s Further Education Colleges will travel to   regional venues across the UK to compete in a wide range of competitions including automation, mechatronics, beauty therapy, robotics, construction skills and culinary arts. Southern Regional College has the …

Further Education Colleges to cycle 400 miles for Air Ambulance NI

Staff from Northern Ireland’s six Further Education Colleges are to cycle 400 miles to raise funds for Air Ambulance NI. The ‘Further Education 400’ team will cycle in two relays on Friday 17 June, leaving Belfast in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions passing through 27 college campuses to cross the finish line in Enniskillen. Each of the six colleges have put …

New Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland is launched by Minister Lyons

Investing in the skills and talent of our workforce will help unlock economic prosperity for everyone in our society, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said today. The Minister was speaking at Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter campus as he launched ‘Skills for a 10X Economy’, the Department for the Economy’s strategy to support more people to improve their job prospects and fulfil …

Apprenticeships are key to tacking skills shortage say Northern Ireland’s Further Education leaders

To mark the third annual Apprenticeship week, Northern Ireland’s six Further Education Colleges are highlighting the importance of apprenticeships to address the skills shortage. In a week-long celebration, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, Colleges throughout Northern Ireland will be highlighting how apprenticeships are the first step to gaining vital knowledge and skills that are needed to further …

Further Education Colleges join skills revolution as Northern Ireland receives world class skills boost

Northern Ireland is to get a world-class skills boost thanks to a revolutionary scheme aimed at attracting inward investment and generating economic growth. The Centre of Excellence from WorldSkills UK, in association with NCFE, is the brainchild of Belfast-born Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, a former Deputy Director General of the CBI. Unique insights and expertise, gathered during decades of competing …