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  • Principal:
  • Mr D Donaldson
  • B.Ed., M.Ed., P.Q.H.

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Careers Education

Careers Education and Employability endeavour to provide information, advice and guidance to all pupils. Rapid changes are taking place in the labour market, driven by technological advances and global economic activity. Young people are required to make informed choices and this can be developed through Self-Awareness, Careers Exploration and Career Management. A large range of external organisations are invited into school to share their expertise and advice. The Careers Service Ni is introduced to pupils in KS3 to assist with the decision making process for GCSEs. Within KS4 the Careers Service and Careers teacher interview all pupils to ensure that informed decisions are made with regard to Post 16 progression.

Our aim in the Careers Department is to prepare young people for realistic opportunities for success within their working adult lives. Careers education aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, research skills and positive attitudes which they require in order to make effective and informed choices as to further and higher educational courses.

Transition Points

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Year 10 will receive one period of Careers per fortnight. This will be used to deliver:

  • Self-awareness which will aim to identify personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Decision-making skills
  • Personal Career Planning
  • Career researching skills
  • Personal interviewing skills
  • Subject choices

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Year 11/12 will receive one period of Careers per fortnight. This will be used to deliver:

  • A further understanding of self-awareness
  • Investigation of career opportunities
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Career interviews
  • Interview skills
  • Local industry awareness
  • Visiting speakers from the local community
  • Attendance to career conventions
  • Post 16 options
  • Links with DEL(Department of Learning) Careers Advisors

Key Stage 5

Within Sixth Form, careers support, advice and guidance is available to all students. Our aim is to assist students to make realistic and achievable choices beyond year 14. Interview skills workshops are delivered to provide students with the necessary skills to enable employment opportunities. Careers staff assist pupils with the completion of UCAS applications to enable university entry.


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Connexions Direct


Careers Northwest
The Site
BBC Essentials
Multi Kulti
Woody Webwatch
Careers Service
Belfast Met
Seven Towers
ETT (Electrical Training Trust)
University of Ulster
Queen's University
Queen's University - Nursing and Midwifery

Education - Choosing Courses

UK Course Finder
Push Guide
Graduate Careers Service
HE Statistics Authority
Drama Schools
City & Guilds
Learn Direct

Sector Skills Councils

Asset Skills
Creative and Cultural Skills
Skills for care and Development
Energy and Utility skills
Skills for Health
E-skills UK
Skills for Justice
Financial Services
Skills for Logistics
Go Skills
Skills Active (sports)
Institute of Motor Vehicles
Skills Set
Skills Smart
Improve Ltd
Lifelong Learning
People 1st

Occupational Areas

Administration, Business and Office Work
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Building and Construction

Catering and Hospitality
Hospitality Training Foundation
Hotel and Catering International
Hotel and Catering Training Company
Institute of Food Science Technology

Computers and ICT
British Computer Society
National Computing Centre

Design, Arts and Crafts
British Interior Design
Craft Council
Regional Arts
UK Theatre

Institute of Maritime Engineers
Engineering Construction Industry
Institute of Mechanical Engineers

Environment, Animals and Plants
British Trust of Conservation Volunteers
Careers in Landbased Industries
National Trust
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Veterinary Nursing

Financial Services
Institute of Chartered Accountants
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

NHS Careers and Web addresses
Nursing - midwifery admissions
British Dental Association
British Medical Association
Mental Health and Psychology Directory

Languages, Information and Culture
International Languages Job Centre

Legal and Political Services
Institute of Legal Executives
Law Careers
Student Law Centre
Serious Organised Crime Agency

Leisure, Sport and Tourism
Institute for Sport, Parks and Leisure
Careers in Formula One

Manufacturing and Production

Marketing and Advertising
Institute of Public Relations
Advertising Association

Media, Print and Publishing
Careers in Broadcasting
British Printing Industrial Federation

Performing Arts
Drama Schools

Personal and Cleaning Support Services
Cruise Ships

Retail and Customer Services
Retail Careers

Science, Maths and Statistics
New Scientist
New Scientist - jobs
Chemistry 2000
Royal Society for Chemistry
Chemdex Links

Security and Armed Forces
Royal Navy
Fire Service
Prison Service

Social Work and Counselling
The General Social Care Council
Caring about Careers
Council for Awards in Childrens' Care and Education

Transport and Logistics
Airline Recruitment and Training
Chamber of Shipping

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

Future Morph
STEM Careers Action Programme
Institute of Biomedical Science
Society of Biology
Tomorrow's Engineers
Forensic Science Service
Institute of Food Science and Technology
Maths Careers
General Teaching Council in Northern Ireland
WISE (Women into Science, Engineering and Construction)