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Catwalk fashion, cutting-edge technology and an award-winning skin lotion — just a sample of what was on show at a colleges event held at Parliament Buildings.

The event, sponsored by the Committee for Employment and Learning and held in conjunction with Colleges NI, showcased the work of students across the six colleges in Northern Ireland.

Guests at the event were treated to displays of work across a variety of areas, ranging from STEM subjects, electronics, renewable energy to sports academies and film and radio broadcasting. On display was an award-winning product to monitor temperature in aquariums, as well as a prototype for a new hands-free pedal bin aimed at preventing the spread of diseases in hospitals.

Speaking after the event, Chairperson of the Committee, Thomas Buchanan MLA, said: “The Committee is delighted to have sponsored today’s event showcasing the exceptional talent in our local colleges. We are particularly impressed by the breadth of skills our students possess – from the arts to the sciences, a wide range of knowledge and skills was on display today. The event also gave the Committee an opportunity to see what can be achieved when our young people are given the right support and training. We are in no doubt about the contribution that colleges make to the economy; the Committee will continue to support them as they equip our young people with the necessary skills for the future.”

Colleges NI Chief Executive Gerry Campbell said: “We were delighted to help organise this event today.  Labour market demands are always subject to change and it’s great to see the expertise within the colleges in some of the emerging growth sectors such as renewables, technology and science.  When you see all six regional FE colleges together here today, you recognise the strength of the sector.”

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