RiverRidge welcomes first recycling and waste course at NWRC

A first for Northern Ireland

RIVERRIDGE welcomed the news that North West Regional College (NWRC) has become the first college in Northern Ireland to launch a Recycling and Waste Management course – offering students a direct route into employment in the Waste Management industry.

Being Northern Ireland’s largest and most diversified independent waste management company, RiverRidge is fully aware of the importance of having trained and qualified operatives across the industry.

Rhonda Armstrong, RiverRidge HR Manager, said, “The waste industry is evolving at an incredible rate, and is now so much more than just recycling or disposing of waste. For this reason, having a newly qualified pool of employees, with a genuine interest in the industry can only act as a catalyst to growth.

Similarly, offering students a route to employment following their education, can only be a positive step, both in the future of these young people, to the industry and indeed the overall economy.”

Students can now enrol for the Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications in Recycling and Waste Management which will begin next month (September 2019) at the college’s Greystone Campus in Limavady.

NWRC Lecturer Michelle Young, who has spearheaded the initiative, said the launch of the new courses allowed experts from industry to meet with college staff to learn more about the professional qualification route that is suited to both those currently in the industry or those wishing to enter the industry.

She added: “The Level 1 qualification we are offering is most suitable for students aged 16-17 in the Training for Success Programme. The Level 1 will provide the required knowledge, alongside an English and Maths qualification for entry point jobs in the industry. The Level 2 and 3 courses are suited to the Apprenticeship route.

Rhonda concluded, “NWRC is the main provider of third level education in the North West and we were delighted to work alongside them, responding to the education needs and informing their new curriculum pathways for those seeking the jobs and to ensure a well-qualified workforce that drives our economy forward, both now and in the future.”

For more information on courses log on to www.nwrc.ac.uk or phone the Greystone Campus on 028 7127 8750.