Enniskillen student Myles Gallagher is currently completing a Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment at South West College, this is equivalent to 3 A Levels. He has found that the course has set him on his way to a rewarding career in the construction industry.

Myles joined the college after completing his GCSEs and commenced this qualification at the South West College, Enniskillen at the Technology and Skills Centre campus. In pursuit of a career in architecture, Myles chose this pathway due to the practical nature of the course as well as the numerous progression opportunities.

He said: “The course offers not just theoretical knowledge but also invaluable practical experiences that arm you with the skills necessary for a thriving career in the construction industry. My learning so far has surpassed expectations and I have gained so much more than simply sitting in a classroom. Being able to work hands-on with industry-standard software, as well as regular visits to construction sites and work placement, has provided me with a wealth of knowledge."

Reflecting on the opportunity to gain work experience at Tracey Concrete, which Myles says, “is crucial in this day and age.” He said, “I was welcomed with open arms at Tracey Concrete and learned so much there. Initially, I planned on pursuing architecture, but this experience changed my mind about what I want to do in the future. Not only did I build up a better understanding of the concrete products industry, but I also improved my overall understanding within the classroom. The opportunity to gain valuable work experience has helped me clarify my future career options, and I would recommend this course to others.”

For anyone considering their options after GCSEs, or wanting to progress in this industry, Myles would encourage them to consider this option.

He added, “This course can lead to a wide variety of jobs in the construction industry, and act as a stepping stone to further education, which makes it the perfect starting point for anyone looking to build a career in this field.

Lauren Maguire at Tracey Concrete, said: “Myles was a great asset to the Technical and Operations team whilst on work experience. By asking questions on the ‘why’, not only helped Myles to learn something new but also provides an opportunity for the teams to reflect on the current processes with recent teachings. We would highly recommend to other employers as a two-way experience exchange.”

Visit www.swc.ac.uk/subject-area/construction-and-built-environment to learn more or apply for the Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment course, which is enrolling for both part-time and full-time options starting September 2023 at South West College's Omagh, Dungannon, or Enniskillen campuses.

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