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Plan your future with NWRC’s ‘Beacon’ award-winning careers team at Summer Jamm 2019

29 May 2019

For anyone trying to decide on which path to take later this year in terms of courses, why not do it the fun way at Strabane’s biggest annual celebration of music – Summer Jamm 2019?

North West Regional College (NWRC) will be the official education partner of the festival again this year which runs from June 14-16, featuring a special ‘Careers Roadshow’ by the college and a whole host of entertainment for all the family.

Based in Butcher Street Car Park on Saturday 15th June from 1pm-5pm, NWRC’s ‘Beacon’ award-winning careers team will be showcasing a wide range of new & exciting courses – and encouraging people to indulge in beauty treatments, health checks, have a go at gardening and learn more about computer coding!

In March of this year, NWRC scooped the prestigious UK-wide ‘Beacon’ award, recognising the outstanding contribution made by its innovative and unique Careers Academy to the lives of learners in the region. Indeed, it was the only college in Northern Ireland to win the coveted award, picking up the accolade for ‘Careers Education & Guidance’ at a gala ceremony in London.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Michaela Boyle said that NWRC’s ‘Careers Roadshow’ is a great way for young people to find out what opportunities are available, in a fun and relaxed environment.

“I’m delighted to see that the North West Regional College is taking the opportunity again this year to showcase some of their fantastic courses at Summer Jamm in Strabane.

“Lots of people will be looking out for new ideas for the future over the summer months – and the ‘Careers Roadshow’ is a great opportunity for them to find out more about what’s on offer in a fun, friendly way.

“I’d therefore encourage young people at the event to stop in and get a taster of some of the courses. Indeed, you never know – it could be your chance to start on the path to success!”

Whether you are a school leaver, unemployed or looking for your next challenge, find out more from the NWRC career’s team about how you can take the next step in your journey. Information on the diverse range of full-time and part-time courses on offer at the campus from this September will be available.

Kate Duffy, Director of Human Resources and Learner Services at North West Regional College added: “We’re delighted to be the official education partner for Summer Jamm in Strabane 2019.  This ongoing partnership will enable local learners to take part in a range of interactive career activities delivered by our National Beacon Award-winning careers team. We will have current students and tutors on hand throughout the day to answer any questions – in conjunction with a full timetable of live demonstration in horticulture, joinery, health & beauty, plus fun competitions in weight-lifting and gardening.

“Come along and find out about our new and exciting range of courses, as we will be based in Butcher Street Car Park from 1pm – 5pm on the 15th June!”

For a full range of activities the college will offer at Summer Jamm 2019 please log on to www.nwrc.ac.uk/events

Strabane’s Big Weekend will see the town centre buzzing with live music, dance, street entertainment, arts & crafts, and the ‘Strajamba’ Music Festival with headline act Nathan Carter.

Summer Jamm in Strabane kicks off on Friday night with DJ Jamie B & support in Ruby’s Nightclub.  Saturday is full of family fun from 1pm – 5pm as Encore PAA will be opening the event with a showcase extravaganza.  This will be followed with live music throughout the town from Folk N Trad, Mad Notions, Strabane Brass Band and Trad for Youth. To celebrate Youth 19, local singers will be performing in the busking tent including Juno Hassan, Jamie Donnelly, Darci Wilders to name but a few.   

Families will enjoy an array of street theatre, flash mobs, games, funfair, face painting, Jungle Pets, and a host of activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Plus a range of products and food will be available from a selection of stalls from Strabane Market.

Closing Saturday afternoon’s activities will be Class Act Choir with a performance that you don’t want to miss!

The entertainment continues from 5pm as ‘Strajamba’ live music festival is back in Canal Basin for another year of great music.  Headlining the big stage will be country sensation Nathan Carter, supported by some amazing local acts.  Make a night of it with food, licenced bar and VIP Tent. On until 11pm, the atmosphere is sure to be electric with fantastic local artists and the best of country music.

Country music continues on Sunday with a FREE family concert.  This year’s ‘Country Fest’ in Canal Basin will welcome back the superb Johnny Brady, David James and a host of local musicians! Join in the fun with plenty of activities including circus workshops, arts & crafts and face painting! Love dancing? Then join with the jiving and line dancing happening throughout the afternoon. Grab a bite to eat at a choice of food stalls and relax and enjoy the sun in the licenced bar area.

For further information on the full programme of events this year visit www.derrystrabane.com/summerjamm