48 ‘tech’ students from care background

THE ‘tech’ in Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane is the only Further Education college to record how many of its students come from a care background.

The North West Regional College (NWRC) had 48 students from a care background during the last academic year.

Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry explained that the ‘tech’ recently took part in a pilot programme run by the Buttle charity to systematically record and track those from a care background.

He explained: “The college has advised that during the 2011/12 academic year 48 students with a care background, four of whom undertook higher education provision within the college, were enrolled.

“In academic year 2012/13 the College has six enrolments from a care background all of these are on Further Education courses.”

He also said the NWRC had received an award for its work in the area.

“My Department contributed towards the development costs of a UK (FE) Quality Framework and two Regional Colleges, Belfast Metropolitan College and North West Regional College, attained this Quality Mark in April 2011.

“The remaining four colleges have made a commitment to attaining the Quality Mark,” he stated.