Southern Regional College student Kieran Magee from Mayobridge  has been crowned Apprentice of the year 2017 by the Federation of Master Builders.  

Kieran has been recognised for his hard work and dedication to Wall and Floor Tiling.  Apprentices from all over Northern Ireland were eligible and SRC apprentices Jordan Jeffers and Armondas Tamulis were also given Highly commended awards.  The awards were held recently at the Europa Hotel Belfast and the apprentices were nominated by their lecturers Paul Doran and Paddy Maguire.

Gavin McGuire Director FMB Northern Ireland, Paddy Maguire SRC Lecturer, Barry Neilson Chief Executive CITB NI, Alderman Arnold Hatch Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, John Muckian SRC Deputy Head of School, Lindsay Bronte SRC Head of School Construction and Engineering, David Cooper Director CITB NI , Paul Doran SRC Lecturer, along with talented students Armondas Tamulis, Jordan Jeffers and Kieran Magee.
Gavin McGuire Director FMB NI, Paddy Maguire SRC Lecturer, Barry Neilson Chief Executive CITB NI, Alderman Arnold Hatch Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, John Muckian SRC Deputy Head of School, Lindsay Bronte SRC Head of School Construction and Engineering, David Cooper Director CITB NI , Paul Doran SRC Lecturer, along with talented students Armondas Tamulis, Jordan Jeffers and Kieran Magee.

Apprentice of the year Kieran completed Level 3 Wall and Floor Tiling at Newry Greenbank campus.  He is no stranger to awards and has previously achieved gold medals at NI Skillbuild, UK Skillbuild, the Tile Association Trainee of the year and the Montgomery Award.  

Highly commended award winner Jordan Jeffers is from Portadown and completed the Level 3 Painting and Decorating also at Greenbank.  He is also a previous award winner with gold medals at NI Skillbuild, UK Dulux Decorator of the Year and a medal of Excellence at EuroSkills.

Armondas Tamulis was also Highly commended, he is from Portadown and also studied Level 3 Wall and Floor Tiling at Greenbank.  Armondas is also a previous winner of UK Skillbuild Gold and the Montgomery Award for Wall and Floor tiling.

The Federation of Master Builders is an organisation that champions building quality and continuous improvement in building standards.  The prestigious awards highlight the best construction apprentices. From the whole of Northern Ireland 5 apprentices were shortlisted and SRC students made up 3 of these, this shows the standard of teaching and facilities available at the college.