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NRC Partnership News / 21 Nov 2011



The Northern Regional College have partnered with local business and Ballyclare High School to offer Essential Skills qualifications


NRC partner with local businesses to deliver Essential Skills

The Northern Regional College have partnered with local business and Ballyclare High School to offer Essential Skills qualifications to local employees in a location that is convenient to them and accessible during working hours. 

Essential Skills qualifications are nationally recognised and can be achieved at a range of different levels to suit the learner, from complete beginners to Level 2. They are comparable to GCSE standard.  There are three essential skills offered: Literacy/Communication, Numeracy/Application of Number, Information and Communication Technology. 

Ballyclare based ASDA & Saint Gobain Weber availed of the opportunity to upskill existing employees. The training was funded by the Department of Employment and Learning and delivered by NRC tutors.  Classes for ASDA employees took place at Ballyclare High School and employees of Saint Gobain- Weber took part in training in their own work place, demonstrating the flexible approach this programme can offer local businesses. 

Cyril McCosh from Weber explained: “Before I took part in the Essential Skills ICT Level 1 course I had very limited basic knowledge of using a computer so I was looking forward to developing my skills through the programme.  I found the training very useful and since the course I have used many of the skills and will continue to do so. I enjoyed the format of the training as it encouraged team work as well as individual skill development. The teacher was extremely helpful and patient with the varying skill bases within the group and made me feel comfortable with what I was doing. I would certainly like to partake in the next stage of the programme if it became available.”

Marie Louise Wise, Economic Engagement Manager at Northern Regional College explains, “Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT are necessary in almost every aspect of work and life. By working in partnership with business and the local community we have been successful in providing opportunities to gain these qualifications at a time and place that is suitable for learners and their employers. We are continuing to work with Ballyclare High School and local businesses to offer Essential Skills Qualifications.”

For further information on courses to benefit you or your workforce please log onto our website www.nrc.ac.uk or contact Marie Louise Wise on 07554118668. 





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