South Eastern Regional College (SERC) heavy motor vehicle apprentice Conor McDonald from Craigavon was celebrating winning the IRTE Award for Northern Ireland at the prestigious annual Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) Student Awards.

The two-day IRTE Skills Challenge celebrates and recognises the technicians that keep the country moving. The competition aims to encourage and reward academic excellence within the commercial vehicle field.

Award winner Conor commented: “I am absolutely delighted to receive my award. I put in a lot of hard work throughout the course and I would like to thank my tutors who provided me with a lot of help and support throughout my studies.” He added: “I’m really proud of my achievement and it’s very rewarding knowing that all our hard work has paid off.”

James McClure, SERC Heavy Motor Vehicle lecturer shared his delight: “We are really proud of Conor. They have been preparing for this event for many months and continually gave 110%. They are a credit to the industry, their families and to SERC and I would like to wish them every success in the future."

SERC provides a range of full and part-time courses designed to give students ‘the edge’.

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