South West College have officially received the keys of their brand new, state-of-the-art motor vehicle workshop on the Gortin Road, Omagh. The workshop features the latest diagnostic and mechanical equipment available within the Motor Vehicle Industry, and facilities for training in EBS braking, active suspension systems, ADAS steering systems and engine horsepower testing.
Vocational training has had a long history in the education system in Northern Ireland, helping individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career. The new SWC Motor Vehicle Workshop will help both prospective students and those already working in industry to train with South West College as well as potentially securing a placement or an apprenticeship with a local employer.
Present at the handover ceremony were Pat O’Hanlon, Head of School for Automotive and Electrical; Padraig McNamee, Head of Faculty; Michael Duddy, Managing Director of JP Duddy & Sons Ltd; and Peter Dolan, architect and project manager.
Speaking about the new facility, Automotive and Electrical Lecturer, Joshua Semple, said: “This automotive workshop is a new purpose-built building, with classroom facilities, practical work spaces, and industry standard vehicles and technologies. Over the years, we have built up a great relationship with local industry. We assess their needs and provide the latest training that keeps our students up to date with industry requirements. This facility will certainly enhance our ability to provide this service, and we encourage anyone currently working within the industry or thinking of beginning a career in automotive to come and see the options that we have available to them.”
To find out more about automotive courses at South West College, visit: https://www.swc.ac.uk/learn/vehicle-maintenance