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Traineeship Prospectus 2020/21

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Contents

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Bakery

18

Bricklaying

19

Carpentry & Joinery

20

Catering

21

Construction Plant Maintenance

22

Engineering

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Electrical Engineering

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Food And Beverage Service

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Land Based Engineering

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Plastering

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Plumbing

28

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

29

Retail

30

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle)

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Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Heavy Vehicle)

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Skills For Life and Work

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Welcome

Applications now open for courses starting in September 2020

Welcome to SERC, a dynamic and forward thinking college. We truly believe you’re better off at SERC. We strive to make your time with us count when it comes to getting a job, that’s why we’re different. We offer each of our students a career enhancing experience through our enterprise driven curriculum where you will work on live projects, solving problems for real businesses. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements as part of your course to develop a deeper understanding of the world of work, all of which look great on your CV. If you are planning on progressing to Higher Education after your course we have a range of HNDs, Higher Level Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees that you can study with us. You’ll benefit from small class sizes, expert lecturers and lower course fees than university. Last year 1389 students studied a Higher Education course at SERC, 160 under took Higher Level Apprenticeships. At SERC we’re always here to support you with services such as our award winning Careers Advice Service, Student Finance, Learning Support and SERC Extra to ensure

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

that you get the most out of your time with us. No matter what problems you face we can always help you.

Please note all information in this prospectus is correct at time of print and may be subject to change.

And we want you to have some fun too! By getting involved in the Students’ Union you can help organise events, make new friends and above all have fun.

Classes run on demand. SERC endeavour to run all courses as advertised. However we reserve the right to cancel classes which do not enrol a sufficient number of students to make the class viable. We shall contact you if the class is cancelled and SERC will provide personalised support to applicants to find an alternative programme.

Ken Webb

Principal and Chief Executive

At SERC we are passionate about inspiring, transforming and enriching the lives of our students. The support given at SERC has helped thousands of students join the workforce and build the Northern Irish economy. We are immensely proud of our students and their achievements.

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Our Facts We are OUTSTANDING Leadership and Management at SERC

90%

98%

Trainee support and grants available

93%

90%

GAIN A LEVEL 2 QUALIFICATION

Gain experience working on placements and projects as we work with over

PATHWAY TO AN APPRENTICESHIP, LEVEL 3 OR HIGHER STUDY OPTIONS

of students agree that the facilities and resources provided by the college helped them learn

eti Inspectorate 2016

You will work alongside experienced staff

FREE WIFI ON CAMPUS

Learn on the job

of students are satisfied

achievement rate for apprenticeship programmes

loved our facilities

Internal FT Research

Learning made easy

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Internal Feedback

Our online materials score 4.8 out of 5 stars

7000 EMPLOYERS

92%

enjoy their course at SERC

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Learn from the best

95%

of students agree that their tutor encourages them to achieve their full potential FT Research Report

*T's & C's apply

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

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Traineeships An exciting new level 2 training programme will be introduced in the College from September 2020. The new Traineeship programme will be available in a range of sectors from September with further Traineeships being introduced in the following year. Training for Success Skills for Work Level 2 provision will no longer be available.

In September 2020, SERC will be offering the following range of level 2 Traineeships. • Motor Vehicle (Light) • Motor Vehicle (Heavy) • Plant Maintenance • Carpentry & Joinery • Brickwork • Plastering • Electrical Engineering • Hospitality and Catering • Plumbing • Engineering • Retail • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning • Land Based Technologies

Entrance Qualifications

As well as providing you with the technical skills and knowledge in your chosen area, the Traineeship will help you to develop a range of transversal skills that are important for employment including:

Applicants will be required to hold a minimum of a Level 1 qualification defined as 4 GCSEs at grades D-G including Maths and English grades D-F or equivalent. Applicants must be 16 or over.

• Problem solving; • Teamwork; • Communication; • Time management; • Entrepreneurship.

Please note that there may be higher entrance requirements in your occupational area

Project Based Learning will also be a key feature of Traineeships. This is a dynamic approach to learning in which you will explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, you will be inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects you are studying and develop a wide range of hands on skills.

A new Level 2 Training Programme is being introduced from September 2020

What is a Traineeship?

The new Traineeship Programme will allow you to achieve a full Level 2 qualification and will comprise the following key elements:

The level 2 Traineeship will provide a high-quality vocational education and training programme at Level 2 and is aimed at school leavers who aspire to work within a specific sector.

• A qualification (equivalent to at least 3 GCSEs grade C in the chosen occupational area);

The Traineeship will be available to all school leavers and adults providing you with the skills and qualifications necessary to secure employment in your chosen occupation. The traineeship will allow you to progress to an apprenticeship at Level 3 or alternatively to Further Education at Level 3.

• Work placement;

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Developing your wider skills

• Vocational Skills development;

Traineeship Certificate On successful completion of a traineeship, you will receive a full Traineeship Certificate issued by CCEA Trainees successfully completing the traineeship can progress to apprenticeships at Level 3 or full time further education at Level 3.

Partial Achievement Trainees who do not achieve all of the components will be recognised for partial achievement. This may mean that the trainee passes the Technical Qualification but does not achieve a Grade C in English or Level 2 Communication or a Grade C in Maths or Level 2 in Application of Number. Trainees who have partial achievement may be able to progress to FE Level 3.

Transfer to an Apprenticeship Trainees who secure employment during their traineeship can transfer seamlessly to Apprenticeship Level 2 and if you become unemployed during your course, you can transfer back to Traineeship Level 2 to complete your programme.

Duration The Traineeship programme will normally take up to two years to complete on a full time basis, but trainees may be able to progress quicker than this.

• Transversal and digital skills;

• Literacy and numeracy qualifications at Level 2 (may include GCSE qualifications in English and mathematics); • Additional qualifications deemed necessary for work within a sector e.g Health and Safety, CSR, manual handling

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Progression

Further Education Grant FE Grants are available to trainees who are studying full-time further education courses and are 19+ on the 1st July 2020.

On completion of the Traineeship, you can progress within SERC to a Level 3 Further Education course or a Level 3 Apprenticeship (possibly with your work placement employer). This can lead you to Higher Education options.

Progression to Masters Degree Level 7 Degree Level 6/HLA Degree Level 6

HE Level 4/5 HND/ Foundation Degree

Further Education Level 3

L4/5 Higher Level Apprenticeship

The deadline to be guaranteed support is 30th June although applications are open until the 30th September.

Equipment Health and Safety Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be supplied to trainees studying in specific curriculum areas.

If you are, or will become a parent and are aged between 16 and 19 at the start of the course then you may be entitled to assistance with childcare costs.

Travel/Bus Pass

Trainees under 18 years of age at 31st July before the start of the academic year, may be entitled to free school meals.

Trainees are eligible to apply for a bus pass. Bus passes are issued through the Education Authority (EA).

Applications must be made by your parent or guardian to your Education Authority. School meal tickets will be available from reception and should be collected on a weekly basis.

To receive a bus pass trainees must: • Be under 19 on 1st July before the start of the academic year. • Be studying a Further Education course only • Live at least 3 miles from their nearest college.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Traineeship participants may be entitled to an Education Maintenance Allowance. EMA pays £30 per week and is available to 16-19 year olds (means tested) attending the Traineeship. Attendance is monitored and payment is dependent on full weekly attendance in all subject areas including placement. Bonuses are also payable on the achievement of qualifications. EMA Application forms are available online.

Trainee Support

Care to Learn Apprenticeship Level 3

Trainees can get up to £2,092 per year (means tested, non-repayable).

Free School Meals

£

Travel costs to your work placement employer will be covered.

Hardship Fund If you are aged 18 or over on 1 July 2020 and suffering from financial hardship you may be eligible for financial assistance through the College’s Hardship Fund. Assistance from the Hardship Fund is means tested and can only be provided once all other sources of funding have been explored. Childcare can be supported through the Hardship Fund if support is unavailable from the FE Award and Care to Learn.

Traineeships The details set out above may be subject to further changes from the Department for the Economy.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

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SERC Students’ Union

SERC Student Governor

SERC Students’ Union is a democratic body, elected by the student community to work on behalf of and for the benefit of students. SERC Students’ Union deliver a programme of events and activities for the SERC Student community to advocate, enrich and enhance student life for all our students. All students both full-time and parttime are members of the Students’ Union.

Dillon Stanley Your SERC Student Governor

Settle in Our Freshers’ Fairs take place in early September and are a great chance to make friends, find out what we’ve got to offer, pick up loads of freebies and get to know local organisations.

Be elected as a Student Leader We have lots of roles available on the Student Leadership Team including Student Governor who has a seat at the table of our Governing Body - pretty big stuff! Also, we aim to have a full team of elected officers to represent students on each campus, for example, Campus President, Welfare Officer, Activities Officer and more! This team of students work together on campaigns and issues that matter most to SERC students.

Be a Class Representative The student voice is really important at SERC and only you can know what it’s like to be a student on your particular course. As a Class Rep, you are the eyes, ears and voice for students in your class. Class Reps have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the way in which your class, course or even the College is run! Volunteer and stand out from the crowd. We work closely with the careers officers to bring you volunteer opportunities which can help you gain experience in your chosen field of study or to simply give back to society in a meaningful way. This is a great way to boost your CV!

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Have fun We want you to enjoy your time at College and we have lots of events throughout the year run by students for students including fundraising and social events.

Make great savings SERC SU is affiliated to the National Union of Students and the Union of Students Ireland through our Regional representative body NUS USI. Being part of the NUS enables students to engage with a range of national opportunities. Students can also save money with the NUS Extra card which offers over 200 discounts online and in store. Find out more at www.totum.com We really hope you enjoy your time at SERC and if you ever need a friendly ear to listen please contact us at

studentsunion@serc.ac.uk Facebook.com/SERCSU @SERCSU

After securing enough votes at the polling stations, 20 year old Dillon Stanley from Lisburn has been elected as SERC Student Governor for 2018/19. Dillon, who studies an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment said

I am looking forward to leading the team of elected Student Officers to make your time at SERC the best that it can be. Being involved in the Students’ Union is good fun and provides opportunities to make new friends and to develop useful skills.

I would encourage all students to take an active part in the SERC SU and a great way to do this is through running to become an SU Officer, Class Rep or Peer Mentor. Full training for SU Officers and Class Reps is provided and there will be opportunities to attend regional meetings and events throughout the year, meet Student Union Officers in other Colleges and get involved in campaigns, events and training that can enhance your CV!”

Contact SERC SU The Student Union at SERC are supported by a staff team and the Student Engagement Manger. You can get in touch with us by contacting Catherine Shipman Student Engagement Manager

E studentsunion@serc.ac.uk M 079 1959 7732 T 0345 600 7555 Where to Find us We have offices on each of our four main sites.

Lisburn Campus Students Union Office Bangor Campus Room A27 Newtonards Campus Room A2 and A3 Downpatrick Campus Room B2-9

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New Learning... New Thinking

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PBL is used across all vocational areas at SERC and will prepare you for the world of work and help you develop the right skills, attitudes and behaviours, while having fun and learning along the way.

PBL SERC have developed a 12 step Project Based Learning (PBL) process to help you learn better. PBL uses industry focused projects to make your learning more effective. You will study in small groups, learn from each other and develop skills in a fun way. Regardless of whether you prefer to learn using written instructions or using your imagination to create new solutions, PBL will make you more employable.

Why PBL? • PBL is a student-centered approach which students find more enjoyable and satisfying • Students with PBL experience rate their abilities higher • It encourages learning from experience, allowing what has been learnt to understand problems • It helps develop teamwork and communication skills

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

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We have a range of training courses including:

Bakery Bricklaying Carpentry & Joinery Catering Construction Plant Maintenance

Traineeship Programmes

Electrical Engineering Engineering Food And Beverage Service Land Based Engineering Plastering Plumbing Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Retail Skills For Life and Work Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Heavy Vehicle)

Traineeship courses prepare you for work and give you valuable high quality work experience plus the qualifications, skills and confidence that employers are looking for. These courses are a great way to take your first step on the career ladder.

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle)

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

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Bakery

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Bakery P10814 Bangor / Lisburn

Ideal if: you wish to pursue a career as a patisserie chef or baker in the catering and hospitality sector. You’ll learn: how to develop intermediate practical skills and knowledge in a wide range of bread, pastry, flour confectionary and cake decoration techniques. You’ll love: The Industry Standard kitchens that we have and our restaurant days / nights where you will produce for members of the public in a fully functioning restaurant. The Birches (Bangor) and Linen Room (Lisburn). You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Bakery under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3

Bricklaying

Bricklaying P10763 Newtownards

Ideal if: if you want to pursue a lifelong career in Bricklaying You’ll learn: building methods and construction technology, interpreting drawings, solid walling, cavity walling and health and safety You’ll love: our state-of-the-art bricklaying suite and very practical nature of the programme You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Bricklaying under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade E in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

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Carpentry & Joinery

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Carpentry and Joinery P10764 Downpatrick / Lisburn /Newtownards

Ideal if: you would like to take a step towards a career in Carpentry and Joinery You’ll learn: about safe working practices, manufacture joinery products and how to construct a timber frame entrance You’ll love: our excellent carpentry and joinery workshops and enthusiastic lecturers on the course You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Carpentry & Joinery under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Catering

Catering P10766 Bangor / Downpatrick / Lisburn / Newtownards

Ideal if: you would like to start your career in the catering and hospitality industry You’ll learn: about food safety, how to contribute to effective teamwork and prepare and cook a range of savoury and sweet dishes You’ll love: being able to use the skills and techniques learnt in a realistic work environment You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Catering under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade E in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy  

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Construction Plant Maintenance

Hospitality, Work Based Apprenticeship (Food & Beverage Service) (Level 2)

Ideal If: Your employed! If you are starting a new job within the Hospitality Industry or moved into a new position within your current company, and want to develop your skills and career within the restaurant, bar or counter service then this is the perfect option for you. Not got employment yet? If you want to work in the Hospitality & Catering Industry then liaise with our Apprenticeship team now. You’ll Learn: About the Hospitality Industry and Food Safety and this qualification is based around your specific job role. You’ll Love: The flexibility of this qualification and training will be both on a one on one basis and as part of a group. You will along with your employer choose the optional units which are relevant to your job role. Delivery of this qualification is on site with your employer and in the College (if required).

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Construction Plant Maintenance P10770

Engineering

Engineering P10772 Bangor / Downpatrick / Lisburn

Downpatrick / Lisburn

Ideal if: you would like to start your career working with construction plant machinery You’ll learn: how to service and maintain the plant & equipment used in the construction industry You’ll love: gaining work experience withing the industry making you more employable You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Construction Plant Maintenance under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

Ideal if: you want to pursue a career in the mechanical engineering industry You’ll learn: about Engineering techniques and principles, how to use lathes, milling machines, welding equipment and produce mechanical drawings using a CAD system. You’ll love: the industry standard machinery giving you practical experience You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Engineering under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

You’ll Progress: To a career as a Supervisor or Manager within the Hospitality sector. With your Level 2 qualification you will gain recognition as a qualified person within the sector and you could also progress onto the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supervision & Leadership Apprenticeship.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

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Electrical Engineering

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Electrical Engineering P10771 Downpatrick / Lisburn / Newtownards

Ideal if: You want to gain the knowledge and abilities that will enable you to progress onto an Electrotechnical (electrical Installation) or Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship Programme. You’ll learn: The principles of electrical science, electrical installation technology, installation of wiring systems, electrical fault finding techniques and Health and Safety in the workplace. You’ll love: Our state-of-the-art electrical engineering suite and very practical nature of the programme. You’ll progress: To the Level 3 qualification in Electrical Engineering under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3. You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade D in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy.

Food & Beverage Service

Food and Beverage Service P10813 Bangor / Downpatrick / Newtownards

Ideal if: You want to develop your skills within the restaurant, bar, counter service or food retail sector You’ll learn: how to provide food and drink service in a customer facing environment You’ll love: getting the experience you will need to work in the food and beverage sector You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Food & Beverage under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade E in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy  

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

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Land Based Engineering

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Land Based Engineering P10776

Lisburn

Downpatrick / Lisburn

Ideal if: you would like a career in agricultural engineering You’ll learn: how to apply mechanical principles and understand how to use, service and maintain tools and equipment. You’ll also learn about material preparation, shaping and assembling You’ll love: that this course will provide you with relevant practical training working with agricultural equipment in our workshops You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Land Based Engineering under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Plastering

Plastering P10777

Ideal if: you want to pursue a career in Plastering You’ll learn: building methods and construction technology, applying plaster materials to external surfaces, fixing dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors and safe working practices You’ll love: our state-of-the-art plastering suite You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Plastering under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade E in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

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Plumbing

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Plumbing P10778 Downpatrick / Lisburn / Newtownards

Ideal if: you would like to pursue a career in plumbing You’ll learn: about copper pipe work, practical plumbing, iron pipe work, hot and cold-water systems, central heating installations and sheet lead roof work You’ll love: getting experience with the plumbing equipment and the practical nature of this course You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Plumbing under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade D in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning P10780 Lisburn

Ideal if: you want the skills to pursue a career in refrigeration You’ll learn: about fitting and assembly of related parts, fabrication of pipe work, brazing standards and safe handling of refrigerants You’ll love: our industry standard refrigeration and air-conditioning facilities You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade D in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

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Retail

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Retail P10781 Downpatrick / Lisburn Newtownards

Ideal if: about working effectively in a retail team, processing payments, maintaining health & Safety and security within retail and customer service You’ll learn: employability and personal development, Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, improve self confidence and self-esteem. You’ll love: the enthusiastic lecturers teaching the course You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Retail under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade E in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle)

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle) P10785 Downpatrick / Lisburn / Newtownards

Ideal if: you want to learn and develop the skills required for employment in the motor industry You’ll learn: vehicle maintenance repair, vehicle inspection and health and safety in the workplace You’ll love: the practical nature of this course You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Motor Vehicle (Light) under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

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Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Heavy Vehicle)

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Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Heavy Vehicle) P10784 Lisburn

Ideal if: you want to pursue a career in the motor industry as an apprentice vehicle mechanic or technician You’ll learn: about the maintenance of heavy vehicles, vehicle inspection and health & safety You’ll love: the practical nature of this course in the College workshops You’ll progress: to the Level 3 qualification in Motor Vehicle Heavy under the apprenticeship programme if you secure employment or alternatively to FE at Level 3 You’ll need: 4 GCSEs including at least Grade D in Maths and Grade E in English or Level 1 in Literacy & Numeracy

Skills For Life & Work

Skills For Life and Work P10689 Bangor / Downpatrick / Lisburn Newtownards

Ideal if: you want to re-engage in education and enhance your qualifications at the same time as improving your self-confidence and self esteem You’ll learn: employability and personal development, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Skills. You will have the opportunity to develop vocational skills in one of the following areas: • Construction • Catering • Hairdressing • Engineering • Motor Vehicle • Retail

You’ll love: Our friendly staff who are there to help you every step of the way. You’ll also love getting involved with practical activities including the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme You’ll progress: to a Traineeship or an Apprenticeship You’ll need: there are no formal qualifications

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

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BANGOR CAMPUS Castle Park Road Bangor Co Down BT20 4TD DOWNPATRICK CAMPUS Market Street Downpatrick Co Down BT30 6LZ LISBURN CAMPUS Castle Street Lisburn Co Antrim BT27 4SU

NEWTOWNARDS CAMPUS Victoria Avenue Newtownards Co Down BT23 7EH SERC (PSC) PROFESSIONAL SKILLS CENTRE Nutts Corner 17 Dundrod Road Crumlin BT29 4SR

Bangor | Downpatrick | Lisburn | Newtownards

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