Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

College awarded £300k funding boost

(L-r) Trevor Baylis, chair of Innovation at South Eastern Regional College, Sir Reg Empey, DEL Minister, and Ken Web, SERC CEO

The South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has been awarded £300,000 funding by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) for its continued links with local businesses.

Employment and Learning Minister Sir Reg Empey announced the approval of funding to SERC through the Innovation Fund: Employer Support Programme for its Enterprise, Incubation and Innovation project.

Speaking at the college’s Bangor Campus, the Minister outlined the benefits that this programme can bring. He said: “Given the turbulent economic climate that we are facing it is important that there are established partnerships in place to ensure that the needs of companies and individuals are addressed at a local level.

“This fund allows my department to provide the necessary financial support for colleges to engage with local companies and ensure that people have the relevant skills to meet the needs of the Northern Ireland economy.”

Ken Webb, SERC chief executive, said the college was delighted to receive the funding.

“The college is also looking forward to working across the further education sector and with the department to develop the collaborative proposal through the fund to address the needs of local companies and individuals who have been affected by short time working or redundancy,” he said.

The Innovation Fund: Employer Support Programme was launched by DEL in 2008 to enhance the support FE colleges in Northern Ireland offer to local business and industry.

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