Celebration time for Career Ready students

Engineering Career Ready students graduating at the Parliament Buildings.  Also included is David Condell, Operations Manager at McAuley Engineering, joint sponsors of the event and Jenny Barber, Director of Programmes from Career Ready UK. (Submitted Picture).
Engineering Career Ready students graduating at the Parliament Buildings. Also included is David Condell, Operations Manager at McAuley Engineering, joint sponsors of the event and Jenny Barber, Director of Programmes from Career Ready UK. (Submitted Picture).

Engineering and IT students from Northern Regional College’s Ballymena campus have been celebrating becoming ‘Career Ready’.

The students all completed a programme of masterclasses, mentoring and work-based learning designed to help them become ‘career ready’ when they finish their studies and celebrated at a recent graduation event held at Parliament Buildings.

IT Career Ready students graduating at the Parliament Buildings.  Also included is David Condell, Operations Manager at McAuley Engineering, joint sponsors of the event and Jenny Barber, Director of Programmes from Career Ready UK. (Submitted Picture).

IT Career Ready students graduating at the Parliament Buildings. Also included is David Condell, Operations Manager at McAuley Engineering, joint sponsors of the event and Jenny Barber, Director of Programmes from Career Ready UK. (Submitted Picture).

The evening was hosted by two former Career Ready graduates, Courtney Hannah and Anthony Fagan, and featured a number of speeches from students who were graduating from the programme this year, as well as coordinators who have worked tirelessly to support the students during their time on the programme.

The Northern Regional College students, who were presented with certificates in front of an audience of students, parents/guardians, and employers, have all completed the Career Ready programme alongside their Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma qualification.

The programme, run by national charity Career Ready, includes a series of masterclasses that aim to help students gain practical and current employment knowledge; mentoring by someone from the world of work; workplace visits that give insights into different industries; and internships and work-based experiences that help students put their learning into practice working for real employer.

Clare O’Neill, Head of Business Development at NRC, said: “Due to the success of Career Ready, Northern Regional College will be launching a new Career Ready programme for our students in Magherafelt and Coleraine and we look forward to enhancing their employability skills to ensure they are well prepared for the world of work.”

Bill Watson, Engineering Lecturer and Career Ready co-ordinator pictured with Jenny Barber, Director of Programmes from Career Ready UK. (Submitted Picture).

Bill Watson, Engineering Lecturer and Career Ready co-ordinator pictured with Jenny Barber, Director of Programmes from Career Ready UK. (Submitted Picture).