Post date: 
Wednesday, 9 February 2022

The News Letter in Northern Ireland has told the inspiring story of a partially sighted apprentice who is now lecturing in the college where she learned her trade.

The former student apprentice has become North West Regional College's (NWRC) first female lecturer in her skilled trade of fabrication and welding. Shannon Cartin, 25, is now working as a full-time lecturer at NWRC Springtown, the campus she joined when she was 16 for a four-year apprenticeship in fabrication and welding.

Shannon, who has albinism, has also worked for some of the Northern Ireland's top engineering companies. Now, for Apprentice Week 2022, Shannon says she hopes her story will inspire other young people into careers in Crafts and Trades.

Read Shannon's full employment story in The News Letter.


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