Helping Local SMEs to Innovate & Grow 


Farm Lodge Campus 


BT43 7DF 

Key Contact: Alan Reid 

Northern Regional College is a further and higher education provider, catering for over 8000 learners across the council areas of Antrim & Newtownabbey, Causeway Coast and Glens, Mid & East Antrim and Mid Ulster. The College offers a comprehensive range of qualifications for school leavers, full-time and part-time courses for adults, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and university accredited courses, as well as providing a range of business services to support the business community

The College has a skilled Business Engagement and Technical Specialist Team who have a wealth of experience and expertise to enable businesses to access the resources, funding and solutions to help grow their business. They work regularly with local businesses offering bespoke training and upskilling, free Training Needs Analysis and innovative education solutions as well as advising on funding opportunities.

Business support can be provided in the following areas:

  • Up-Skilling / Workforce Development 
  • Funded employer support programmes 
  • Enterprise and innovation
  • Consultancy
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Innovation Vouchers 

The College works in close partnership with universities and colleges, as well as industry to allow knowledge transfer and remain receptive to technological innovation. We are Lead partner on industrial robotics Connected project with Queen's University Belfast but the College's expertise is not just confined to engineering. With industry-standard facilities and staff, the team's key areas of expertise expand across:

  • Engineering
  • Automation
  • Digital Skills
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Built Environment 
  • Sustainability & Hydrogen Technology
  • Business & Hospitality 
  • Health & Social Care