From education to employment

South Eastern Regional College launch free Careers Outreach Programme for local community and voluntary groups

Members of South Eastern Regional College’s Careers team visited Bangor Sure Start to speak to parents about returning to education through the College as part of their newly launched Careers Outreach Programme, free to local voluntary and community groups in the Bangor and Newtownards areas. Back (l-r) Louise Mulligan and Julie Wilson, SERC Careers with Alison Houston, Bangor Sure Start and Front (l- r) Ciara Hewitt, Sara Mahood and Alana McClatchey.

Careers Community Outreach Service Now Available from SERC

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have launched a Careers Outreach Programme, giving local community and voluntary groups the opportunity to receive impartial careers advice and guidance free of charge.

Recently, Louise Mulligan and Julie Wilson from SERC’s Careers team were invited to speak to a group of parents attending Bangor Sure Start’s “Positive Steps” Programme held in Kilcooley Presbyterian Church.

Louise Mulligan, SERC Careers Officer said:

“We were delighted to come along to Bangor Sure Start to offer advice on returning to education which can be a daunting step for anyone. We provided information on the wide range of courses we have to offer and steps and guidance our team and the College can provide to make this life changing step a reality rather than a pipe dream.

“Each year, we see hundreds of people come back to education.   Starting out with the basics is often the step for many people so it is important to remember you are not alone and that we offer help and support so everyone can take that first step.

She added, “Our team are excited to offer this new Careers Outreach Programme to community and voluntary groups, initially in the Bangor and Newtownards areas. It is important that everyone is made aware of various educational paths and career options available to them.”

SERC Careers team are accredited with the Matrix Standard for the quality of their career education, information, advice and guidance service. SERC was the first college in Northern Ireland to receive accreditation back in 2009.

SERC careers team can offer a tailored service depending on the needs and aspirations of each group including group presentations on courses available at SERC, workshops on writing CVs or completing job applications, sessions on training/employment opportunities and preparing individuals for job interviews.

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