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South West College set to Host 10th Get Engineering Careers Fair

South West College (SWC) is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 10th annual Get Engineering Careers Fair at the Dungannon campus, kindly supported by Invest Northern Ireland. Taking place on Saturday, March 23, from 9.30am to 1.30pm, this highly anticipated event aims to showcase the wide range of opportunities available to young individuals in the exciting field of engineering. Supported by the region's leading employers, this fair has quickly become a must-attend event, attracting hundreds of visitors each year.

The Get Engineering Careers Fair offers a fantastic platform for young individuals who are just starting out, looking to make a career change, or seeking new challenges to explore their options and uncover the countless opportunities presented by SWC and the region's top employers.

If you are interested in a career with real potential, we encourage you to attend this ultimate careers fair where you can connect and network with over 30 top employers from the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Industry.

With SWC's strong ties to local industry, Get Engineering has become one of the most vibrant events in the South West College calendar. This year's fair promises to be even more impressive, as it features an exciting range of live demonstrations and workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience firsthand a collaborative robot, YuMi, as well as witness 3D scanning, rapid prototyping, robotic welding, virtual welding, automation, and Industry 4. Furthermore, guests will get an up-close look at a variety of machinery and equipment manufactured locally and exported worldwide, providing prospective students with valuable insights into the ever-evolving engineering world.

The Get Engineering initiative is a partnership between South West College and leading engineering companies. Its primary goal is to raise awareness of the wide range of career opportunities within the local engineering industry. Employers such as McCloskey International, Terex, Mallaghan Engineering, Dunbia, Specdrum, Nugent Engineering, Edge Innovate, and others will be present to promote employment opportunities and discuss entry routes, pathways, and applications.

Prospective students attending the fair will have the chance to learn more about degree opportunities, 'Earn while you Learn' Apprenticeships, All Age Apprenticeships and Higher-Level Apprenticeships in areas such as Business Management, Engineering, Computing, and more. They will also have the opportunity to hear from current apprentices about how their Apprenticeship programmes have benefited them.

The fair is free to attend and will include exhibition stands presenting insights into career and training opportunities for design engineers, technical service engineers, welders/fabricators, CNC operators, and other engineering business support roles. This will allow prospective students to make better-informed choices regarding their future in the engineering sector. SWC staff will be available throughout the event to offer guidance and support.

Alastair Booth, Head of Engineering at South West College, said:

“The Get Engineering careers fair is a great opportunity for young people and their parents to hear for themselves what apprenticeships are available.

It is designed to give school leavers and those looking to further their career prospects a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand the variety of exciting job options available to them and the high-quality skills training that is on offer to help them realise their ambitions right here on their doorstep.

With the growing costs of university tuition fees, it is vital that ambitious young people wishing to obtain higher-level qualifications are aware of the range of options available to help them make better, informed choices. I would encourage anyone in the community to register to attend or drop in on the day and see what is on offer.”

Ethna McNamee, Western Regional Manager for Invest NI, said:

“Northern Ireland’s Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering sector is a vital contributor to our economy and it’s important that we support the sector to ensure that it has access to the right skills to grow. This is why we are pleased to sponsor South West College’s Careers and Apprenticeship Fair which will be an excellent showcase of the region’s expertise and will enable young people and their parents to explore the opportunities available for careers within many of our highly innovative local companies.”

For anyone looking to learn more about apprenticeships, drop in by visiting the South West College, Dungannon campus, Circular Rd, BT71 6BQ on Saturday, 23 March 9.30 am-1.30 pm to start your apprenticeship journey in Engineering, Business, Computing and more.

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