The North West Regional College (NWRC) recently held its annual presentation of awards for post primary pupils who have completed vocational qualifications at the College’s Londonderry campus, alongside their academic studies in school.
This year certificates and awards were presented to pupils from a number of schools from the Foyle Learning Community including Lisneal College, St Joseph’s College, St Cecilia’s College, Ardnashee School and College, and St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s College, Claudy.
Lisneal College pupils Courtney Brace and Rebecca Hetherington received their awards and were joined by their teachers Susan Wilson and Lorraine Loughrey, and NWRC Principal Leo Murphy, and NWRC Lecturers Audrey Cassidy O’Doherty, and Noelle Boyle.
Presentations were made to the Year 12 pupils who have gained occupational studies in Construction, Electrical Installation, Joinery, Plumbing, Motor Vehicle, Catering, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, and Enterprise over the past two years.
The pupils have benefitted from the College’s expert teaching on these practical courses in the Strand Road and Springtown Campuses, which they attend one day per week to supplement their GCSE studies.
Many of the pupils gain an insight into a career path they may not have considered before through the programmes.
The aim of the Community is to facilitate all education partners in the Foyle Area in meeting the requirements of the Entitlement Framework.
The partners are engaged in a collaborative process to increase and deliver the number of courses available to students by creating common timetable arrangements and appropriate support structures to sustain the programme.
This involves effective management and administration of the programme including monitoring, evaluation, logistic and financial issues, promotion and staff development. Area Learning Communities allow schools to look at and begin to plan, individually and collectively, for delivery on an area basis. ALCs provide a real opportunity to develop the Entitlement Framework Opens new window and a shared responsibility for its delivery for all of the young people in an area.