ââââWe would like to share our story with you. It is a story which you are a part of, because it is the community which makes SERC what it is. SERC Story cover.gif Our story is your story. As you read our story you will find out abââout the people behind SERC, staff, students and business partners, and see how we intend to meet the challenges ahead. Whilst the economy faces an uncertain future oââne thing remains clear, skills are the main driver for economic success, and the Further Education (FE) Colleges of Northern Ireland, as the main skills providers, are instrumental to the sââolution. In an environment where public spending is undâer pressure the focus must be on investing in the areas which are fundamental to the growth of our economy, and for the social cohesion of our communities. South Eastern Regional College, as aân FE College, is a primary delivery arm for government to ensure that the NI workforce has the skills to build a successful economy. SERC has been driven by pioneers of education such as Cecil Webb.
These entrepreneurs and innovators set us on course and we have done them proud.Over 100 years we have helped thousands to join the workforce and build the NI economâây. Over the last 3 years alone SERC has progressed 14,125 people âwithin the local workforce to a level 2 qualification and 9,423 to level 3 to 7, both representing 16% of the total working population in the South Eastern region. Can you imagine how many local people have attended courses with us over the last 100 years?â We have stayed true to our roots and remain the lifeblood of the local community and economy, and in doing so have become a top 30 UââK College. We have built our reputation as a trusted and respected part of our local community by delivering an industry focused curriculum.
Whilst we have been better known for providing training courses we have become renowned as an innovative partner for companies seeking to improve productivity and develop new markets or products. Services such as product prototyping and âbusiness improvement consultancy help companies, large and small, to achieve their ambitions. We work with BT, Bombardier Aerospace, Nitronica, Canyon Europe, Red Raven and Coca Cola to name but a few.â Our Twenty by 20 vision has clearly defined goals inclââuding: Helping people to overcome educational disadvantage Developing a hub for Science and Technology capabilities Professionalising the workforce Encouraging Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Supporting and Developing Careersâ