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Kim’s return to learn at SERC puts her on path to success

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This past year has forced many people to rethink the future in terms of employment opportunities and career.

Whether you have been thinking about a return to education for some time now or feel that you need to ‘future proof’ yourself for employment, South Eastern Regional College is set to welcome people who want to refocus and reimagine their next step.

Heather McKee, Director of Strategic Planning, Quality and Support, said: “SERC offers education for everyone. Our courses give learners the opportunity to gain qualifications and update their skillset, or even take a new direction completely and train for a different career.

“A return to education at any stage in life gives you the chance to refocus on your future and reimagine the possibilities ahead of you.

“On our Restart and Restart Lite courses, you’ll be supported to dip your toe in the water and find out where your strengths and interests lie for the next step in learning or work.

“With small classes and supportive staff, students quickly grow in confidence to gain qualifications you may feel you missed out on and gain skills which may have seemed out of reach.

“If you feel that you missed your chance to go to university, the Access Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies is tailored for adults who have been out of full-time education for two years or more and leads to a qualification validated by Queen’s University Belfast.

“This can take you to onto higher education at SERC or in universities and colleges across the UK.”

For those who want to advance in their career, the college offers a range of part-time vocational courses to fit around work and family: choose from digital skills, leadership and management, professional certification and short intensive courses leading to recognised qualifications.

Heather added: “We want all our students to achieve and to reach their personal goals and we work hard to make this happen with our expert teaching staff and full package of student support services, including careers advice, student finance; pastoral and wellbeing support; access to resource centres and our creche – Little SERC – for the children of Restart and Access students at our Newcastle campus.

“All students are automatically members of the SERC Students’ Union.”

The NI economy will need skilled workers of all ages and across a range of sectors to help build the recovery as we emerge from the pandemic; you can be part of this and join the next generation of professionals at SERC.

n Visit www.serc.ac.uk/Adult-Education-Return-To-Learn to find out more.

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