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New Higher-Level apprenticeships at South West College

South West College (SWC) is offering six new Higher-Level Apprenticeships (HLAs) from September to add to the existing portfolio of nine HLA programmes that are already available at the college.

HLAs are a tripartite arrangement between the Higher Level Apprentice, the employer and SWC where the apprentice is employed from the outset, earning a salary while studying higher-level education and building a wealth of skills and knowledge which will enhance their earning capacity in the long term.

Noreen McGirr, the HLA Programme Manager at SWC, says: “The world of work continues to change and it is widely recognised that there is a real need for higher-level skills, in addition to the higher-level academic qualifications and that the introduction of the new HLA programmes at SWC, together with the existing portfolio, should successfully tackle this issue at a local level.”

The NEW HLAs at SWC are available in the following subject areas:

Engineering: The introduction of the new Open University BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering and the two NEW Level 4 Advanced Technician HLA in Engineering (HNC) as a HLA.

Cyber Security: SWC has developed a new HLA Foundation Degree in Cyber Security.

Accountancy: SWC, as the only approved Gold provider of the course in NI, has introduced the new HLA ACCA Applied Skills.

Transport & Supply Chain Management: SWC has developed a new HLA Foundation Degree in Transport & Supply Chain Management which provides students with the core knowledge and the higher technical skills.

To find out more about the HLA Programmes on offer at South West College please visit



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