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GEMX roadshow at NWRC offers students insight into careers in engineering

17 January 2024
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<p>Students pictured at the GEMX roadshow in Limavady. </p>

Students pictured at the GEMX roadshow in Limavady.

Engineers of the future

A roadshow informing students from post-primary schools in Limavady, Dungiven, Claudy and Ballymoney about career opportunities in engineering, has been hosted by GEMX at North West Regional College’s Limavady Campus.

GEMX, a leading advocate for fostering talent in the manufacturing and engineering sector, welcomed more than 350 year ten pupils from local schools to the event at the college’s Main Street campus.

The daylong roadshow was aimed at inspiring and informing students about the exciting career opportunities in the dynamic industries of manufacturing and engineering.

Local companies taking part included: Fast Technologies, Engineers Ireland, Fleming Agri, Vertiv, Terex, Nelipak, NWRC and the NWRC XR Hub, FastHouse, Seagate, Global Equipment Spares, 21 Training, the Lycra Company, Dupont, UrFuture, and Sentinus.

Joanne Sweeney, GEMX project director said: “The Interactive Roadshow is unique in that it creates an immersive experience for students to engage with industry professionals and learn about potential career paths.

“Students were provided with valuable insights, practical knowledge, and hands-on activities to spark curiosity and interest.

“Our companies developed a range of hands-on activities designed to showcase the real-world applications of manufacturing and engineering concepts. Students got the chance to meet real people and hear about their jobs within a range of local companies.

“Teachers also had the chance to interact with representatives from leading companies, fostering connections that can lead to a range of opportunities for schools.

“GEMX is committed to bridging the gap between education and industry, and this interactive roadshow exemplifies our dedication to nurturing the next generation of talent in manufacturing and engineering.”

Luke McCloskey, campus manager of NWRC Limavady said: “We had a fantastic day at the college welcoming students, teachers, and employers to our Main Street campus.

“At NWRC we offer many engineering courses at different levels. STEM occupations, including engineering, continue to be among the fastest-growing careers. At NWRC we are committed to supporting our students who choose to study the Engineering pathway which includes several specialties.

“Studying Engineering will provide you with the opportunity to gain well-paid, employment, equipped with skills recognised around the world. I congratulate GEMX on this very successful roadshow.”

Sponsorship of the event was provided by Causeway Coast & Glens Council who will also provide funding towards the follow-up competition which will be an Experience Day at Terex, Campsie.

Niall McCready from DuPont said: “Events like this help young people to make informed decisions about their future and we would be keen to support similar events in the future”.

GEMX is supported under Invest NI’s Collaborative Growth Programme.

<p>Students pictured at the GEMX roadshow in Limavady.</p>

Students pictured at the GEMX roadshow in Limavady.

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