SRC Newry students graduate from Career Academy

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Career Academy students from Southern Regional College have received their graduation certificates from Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry at a ceremony in Parliament Buildings.
Pictured are the ceremony (left to right) are: Front row - Aaron Grant, Newry, Minister Farry, Anne Spackman, Chief Executive, Career Academies UK and Naoise Beatty, Newry. Back row - Lewis Foster, Newry, Kalam Farrell, Banbridge, Gary McShane, Newry, Mark Duffy, Newry and Brendan Auden, Newry. All students pictured attended Southern Regional College.

Pictured are the ceremony (left to right) are: Front row – Aaron Grant, Newry, Minister Farry, Anne Spackman, Chief Executive, Career Academies UK and Naoise Beatty, Newry. Back row – Lewis Foster, Newry, Kalam Farrell, Banbridge, Gary McShane, Newry, Mark Duffy, Newry and Brendan Auden, Newry. All students pictured attended Southern Regional College.

Career Academies UK is a national charity that helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and the world of work by giving them access to real experience through mentoring, an internship, masterclasses and workplace visits. There are 11 Career Academies operating across all six further education colleges with a total of 177 students and over 60 students receiving their certificates at the graduation ceremony. Speaking at the Graduation event at Parliament Buildings, Minister Farry said, “I commend the ongoing work of the further education colleges and Career Academies UK in providing these opportunities for students to help bridge the gap between education and work. “These work experience opportunities improve students’ employability skills and therefore improve their employment prospects. Employers also report that engaging with Career Academies has enhanced their own staff development which in turn benefits our local economy,” he added. The growth in the number of local graduates taking part has led to the introduction of regional Graduation events and this is the second Northern Ireland Graduation to take place. Representatives from an impressive network of employers who work in partnership with Career Academies including Caterpillar, Halifax, McAuley Precision, Michelin Tyre Plc, Randox Laboratories and Schrader Electronics attended the prestigious event. Further information can be found at: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/further-education.

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