North West Regional College has won the Career Ready ‘College of the Year award,’ sponsored by Aviva UK.
The college scooped the award at a virtual gala awards ceremony hosted by Career Ready, celebrating the achievements of those who “went that extra bit for students, giving them a much appreciated boost on their career journey.”
NWRC was presented with the Northern Ireland Career Ready School/College of the Year award and will now go on to the UK finals.
Career Ready Course-co-ordinator at NWRC, Patricia Jennings said: “We are delighted to have been named as top School/College in Northern Ireland by Career Ready.
“Our focus at the college is not only to help our students achieve the best academic outcome, but to ensure that they are prepared for future careers in their chosen fields.
“We do this in a number of ways, including 1:2:1 mentoring from industry professionals, paid internships, and challenging masterclasses, which all make a difference to students on the Careers Ready programme.
“We receive valuable help and support from the college’s Careers Academy team who offer additional support with Preparation for Interviews, Building CVs, Team Building, and Developing Communication skills.
“The students thrive on the Career Ready programme, learning new skills from their mentors, the site visits, Masterclasses and each other.
“Many of our students return to the college to offer their support once they have started on their own careers.
“We also benefit hugely from the team of volunteers who come back year after year to support the programme and often bring colleagues with them to either provide mentor support, site visits and Internships. Many of the volunteers are from SMEs and have been through the college and know the quality of the programmes they run. They also see this as a pipeline for future potential employees, not only for themselves for the whole area.”
The college intends to organise a tour of the Amazon and Google sites later this year to help inspire students in their career aspirations.
For more info on the Career Ready programme go to www.nwrc.ac.uk/apply