Local woman Catherine McKay (pictured), currently nearing the end of her Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) inAccounting at NWRC, is encouraging recent graduates and students about to complete their A-Levels toattend an information evening on the courses at North West Regional College. Catherine McCay, a graduate of History and Anthropology, enrolled on the HLA in Accountancy afterreturning home from England where she attended university.Her HLA course now allows her to work at North West Mechanical Services in tandem with herstudies at NWRC.Catherine who will graduate in May, said: “I would definitely recommend people to choose the HLAroute. I’m glad I found a job that would allow me to gain experience as well as academicqualifications at the same time“The Higher Level Apprenticeship is free and it provides people with on the job training.“Apprentices are also paid by their employer to come and study at the college so there’s no reasonwhy people shouldn’t look into pursuing an apprenticeship.“I’m really enjoying my time at the college and although it can be busy trying to balance my studieswith my job at North West Mechanical Services, the lecturers have all been really helpful and mywork colleagues have been very understanding as well.“I’d also like to further my studies and hopefully forge a career as a forensic accountant.North West Regional College (NWRC) will host an information evening on Higher LevelApprenticeships (HLA), at their campus on Strand Road on Wednesday, February 5 at 6.00 p.m.This free event is open to the public and is of particular interest to recent graduates looking toupskill, students currently completing A-Levels, or local employers looking to hire the best oflocal talent.NWRC offers HLA courses in Accountancy, Software Development, Engineering and Hospitality & Tourism. HLAs offer a new pathway for learners to gain professionally recognised qualifications atLevel 4 and Level 5 whilst working in paid employment with partner employers.Staff from the college will be available to answer any questions, as well as local employers Fujitsu,Terex, Accounting Technicians Ireland, Joule Group, Portrush Atlantic Hotel, Fast Technologies andAerona Software.The event begins at 6 p.m. at the College’s Foyle Theatre on Strand Road. Register your attendance at https://bit.ly/38rV3b4 or contact Clare McLaughlin on02871276221.