The Northern Regional College’s Newtownabbey Campus was the venue for a series of seminars for students about placement and volunteering opportunities within the social care sector.
Local organisations were on hand to provide advice on the range of opportunities available to students studying for their Higher National Diploma/Certificate in health and social care.
NRC health and social care course co-ordinator, Maura McMackin explained: “In today’s employment market, it can be difficult for students starting out in their careers without experience. The event enables social care employers to meet, interact and recruit placement students.
“It is mutually beneficial, as it allows the agencies to showcase the good practice they are engaged in, while broadening the scope, of their opportunities available. The event provides a platform for the student, to actively approach an agency and to pursue a
valuable volunteering opportunity.”
Students studying for a health and social care qualification at the college generally complete a 200-hour placement, over a period of two years.
Valuable placements can enhance the students’ CV and provide them with the benefits of practical experience, to allow them to compete for employment in the future.
For information on the range of health and social care courses at NRC, please log onto www.nrc.ac.uk or contact the Newtownabbey campus by ringing 02890 855 000.