College course builds bridges to employment

NWRC Civil Eng: Matt Duffy and Robert Campbell who gained employment as site engineers on the new Peace Bridge while studying at North West Regional College

NWRC Civil Eng: Matt Duffy and Robert Campbell who gained employment as site engineers on the new Peace Bridge while studying at North West Regional College

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When Matt Duffy and Robert Campbell enrolled on a civil engineering course at North West Regional College, little did they know that they would be involved in the construction of one of the most iconic and important developments in Derry.

The conclusion of their Higher National Certificate course in June coincided with the official opening of Derry’s new Peace Bridge, on which they had both been working since February.

Matt and Robert gained temporary employment as site engineers with Graham Construction thanks to their experience and qualifications on the programme, and were both delighted when they were offered full-time positions with the company, working on other major construction projects in Northern Ireland and across the UK.

“Being from the city, it’s been a great experience to work on this project” said Robert.

“It’ll always be here and I’ll be able to tell my grandchildren I was involved in its construction. No two days are the same in civil engineering. It’s a varied career and dealing with the challenges of a working site is very rewarding.

“Also, you have to be prepared to travel – this career could see you working anywhere. I’ve been offered a permanent contract with Graham Construction and I know that wouldn’t have been possible without my time at North West Regional College.”

For those still considering their options for this September, North West Regional College has a limited number of places remaining on the full-time Higher National Diploma, which also provides local students a much more affordable study option than university with fees of just £1345 per year.

Located in the new £18m extension at the Strand Road Campus, the programme allows students to gain practical experience alongside their qualification, for further study or employment. The part-time HNC is also accepting applications at present.

For more details or to read more about Matt and Robert’s experience please visit the dedicated College Civil Engineering website: www.nwrc.ac.uk/civil_engineering