College Open Day brings careers to life

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Nearly 500 young people and their parents attended the South West College, Dungannon Campus, Open Day on Tuesday, March 28.

The event showcased study options across a broad range of curriculum including; Apprenticeships, alternatives to GCSEs and A-Levels, and local undergraduate qualifications such as Foundation Degree’s and Higher Level Apprenticeships.

The Open Day was designed to offer expert guidance to those facing difficult careers and subject choices in the near future by offering insights into; College life, course options, employability skills and career prospects.

A panel of professionals from the College and industry were on hand to provide fresh-thinking in relation to the skills that employers are actively seeking within industry, highlighting real employment options post qualification.

Student volunteers played a big part in the day guiding visitors around the campus and giving personal insights into their course areas and College experiences.

Fun was also to be had with the College’s Bush Tucker Challenge in association The Jungle NI. Those up for the challenge, and able to stomach it, sampled crickets, squidgy maggots in jelly and ghastly grasshoppers.

There was also a bridge constructed in the Central Hall in association with the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) to highlight the type of careers available within the construction sector.

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