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BEST Awards 2017

Open invitation

The event is open to everyone and is free!  The BEST[1] Awards is one of the biggest exhibitions in the Further Education (FE) calendar.  The event showcases the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship across Northern Ireland's (NI) six regional FE colleges and offers students an annual competition linked to their studies in the areas of STEM. 

Now in its 7th year, the 2017 event is being held on Tuesday 23rd May in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, Co Down. The five categories for entries to this year's Awards are as follows:

  • Creative Industries
  • Life Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Built Environment
  • Software

The exhibition is open to the general public from 10.15 to 12.30.

The Programme for invited guests is as follows:
  • 10.15  View 60 Student Exhibitions 
  • 12.30  Networking Lunch
  • 14.00  View 60 Student Exhibitions
  • 14.30  Awards Ceremony
  • 15.30  Close

Why should you attend?

With over 100 FE College students participating from across the 6 regional FE Colleges, the event will provide visitors with the opportunity:

  • To view the array of skills in the STEM area available across the FE sector

  • To meet and speak to students exhibiting and give pupils a ‘taste of life’ in a FE College

  • To find out more about opportunities in STEM subjects across the FE sector

  • To network with lecturers and senior staff from the six FE Colleges

  • To see the range of skills with the sector and the individuals who will be the employees of tomorrow 

Would you like to attend?

If you are a school teacher, employer, careers adviser, parent or a member of the public and would like to attend - please contact 

  • Karen Lennon at Colleges NI 
  • Email - 
  • Telephone - 02890 684952

[1] Business and Education through Skills and Training