Careers and Employability


Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), quite a mouthful I would agree!

So what is taught under the umbrella of CEIAG and what will it look like at KS3, KS4 and KS5?

CEIAG encompasses a range of activities provided by our school to develop necessary Career

management and employability skills, in order to become employable.  These activities and

resulting skills allow our learners to make informed decisions that will ultimately affect them,

their future, education and employment.


There are three Aims at 3 Key Stages

  • Self-Awareness
  • Career Exploration
  • Career Management

Self-Awareness is the key to enhancing student’s employability whereby there is an opportunity to:

  • Identify an awareness of personal qualities, skills, aptitudes and aim to link these to careers.
  • Identify preferred learning style and ongoing achievements.
  • Review how their career aspirations have developed and how their attitudes to education and employment has changed.

Career Exploration is the key to progressive personal career planning where students understand that learning in school helps to develop skills needed for work by:

  • Researching progression routes into careers
  • Getting involved in enterprise activities
  • Understanding changes in the workplace
  • Using ICT to help collect careers information
  • Recognising the importance of Health and Safety and appropriate behaviour in the work place.


Career Management is the key to applying skills to enhance employability through effective decision making skills, to manage transition in school and in future employment.  This is accomplished by giving students access to:

  • Present themselves in a range of mediums – CV, application forms, interviews etc.
  • Present evidence to support their subject and course choices at all Key Stages


Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Unit 1

Introduction to Employability

Unit 2

Employability Skills

Unit 3

Literacy Task

Unit 4

Being Enterprising

Unit 5

My Town

Unit 1

Career Management

Unit 2

The Work Generator

Unit 3

Employability Challenges

Unit 3a

Literacy Task

Unit 4

Creating a Careers Leaflet


Unit 1

Career Preparation and Planning

Unit 2

Option Choices

Unit 3

Plan B Career Planning

Key Stage 4 OCN Level 2 Vocational Skills (equivalent to a B at GCSE)

Year 11

Year 12

Unit 1

Career Preparation and Planning

Unit 2

Desktop Publishing Skills

Unit 3

Health and Safety in a Working Environment

Unit 4

Applying for Employment

Unit 5

Effective Interview Skills

Key Stage 5 – Year 13 and Year 14

Application to Queens Senior Academy

Application to Queens Pathway Programme

Applications to FE/HE

Update CV

Young Enterprise

Living Law Program

University Road Show

Creative Industry Events

Work Experience

HE Apprenticeships

Queens/Ulster Open Day

UCAS application with one-to-one interviews

Interview preparation


The careers programme includes Career Education sessions, and Focused Individual Learning Activities, LMI and Work- Related Learning.

Career Education sessions include:

  • The requirement to deliver impartial careers education to all students in Years 8 –12, this is met through the careers education elements of the Employability programme at Key Stage 3 that leads to the OCN Vocational Skills qualification awarded at Key Stage 4. These programmes deliver the taught elements of CEIAG and use a variety of teaching methods. These include role play, group discussions and interactive teaching. The introduction of CASCAIDS new Xello software suite allows for Career Action Planning from Year 8 – Year 14 and offers audio-visual aid tools.
  • In years 10 – 12, during Vocational Skills class time there is an opportunity to complete 5 units of work:  Unit 1 Career Preparation and Planning; Unit 2 Desktop Publishing Skills; Unit 3 Health and Safety in a Working Environment; Unit 4 Applying for Employment; and Unit 5 Effective Interview Skills.  To support this there is a workshop on Success Skills from the Young Enterprise Programme and a Barclay Life Skills programme (subject to the allocation to schools across NI).
  • During Year 10, to support their option choices, a taught programme for Careers is delivered through their Employability programme between January and February prior to their option choices information event.
  • As part of the target setting programme, students learn to create career action plans and keep records of their achievements throughout their time at school. This process starts during the Employability programme in Year 8. Students are encouraged to record all achievements both inside and outside school. During Year 12, students produce a CV, mock up cover letter and application form in preparation for part-time employment and for the step in their journey beyond compulsory education and, in Years 13 and 14 a personal statement, for their UCAS application.
  • Preparation for Work Experience includes a presentation to students in Year 11 and Year 13. This includes an explanation of the benefits of work placements as well as an awareness of Health and Safety in the work place, to complement this, students complete a Vocational Skills unit entitled Health and Safety in a Working Environment.
  • Year 13 and 14 have designated careers provision delivered during PD with the focus in Year 14 being the completion of UCAS application forms. Each Year 14 student is given a one-to-one interview with the Head of Careers and assigned a personal statement mentor.  UCAS applications are completed on-line in Year 14, following visits to local universities, career conventions and a welcome visit from the University Road Show that showcases universities from across the water. Careers guidance is available to all Year 14 applicants at this stage.


Focused Events Include:


Year 12 Skills NI Careers Convention

This is held in collaboration with local employers, employment agencies for guidance, universities, FE colleges and training agencies, before post 16 choices are made during Year 12. Prior to this event, students have an options assembly and small group interviews to help them with their option choices.



Interview Skills sessions

All Year 12 students complete a Vocational Skills unit entitled Effective Interview Skills. This involves students conducting a mock interview.

All Year 14 students interested in Nursing/Midwifery/Teaching attend mock interview sessions delivered by industry professionals.


Creative Industries Convention

A number of Y13 MIA/Art students are invited to attend this interactive Arts convention to engage with industry professionals and open opportunities to work in in this growing sector.



Individual meetings with a Careers Service Advisor.

Individual meetings are organised for each student in Year 12 to have a private and confidential meeting with a Career Adviser from DfE. This process releases each student from normal timetable for up to 30 minutes to have an individual career interview with the DfE Adviser. Parents also have the opportunity to meet with the DfE Adviser at Year 10 and Year 12 Parent Evenings. SEN students have individual interviews with the DfE adviser prior to their Transition meeting.



Year 12 Mock Results Event in collaboration with Parent Guidance Interviews

All Year 12 students and parents are invited to this event, where they are addressed by the school and other agencies with regard to guidance for the next stage of their career pathway. Prior to this they attend a Career convention held in collaboration with Skills NI to help in making decisions on their future career routes.



Year 10 Multi Mini Interviews in collaboration with Parent Guidance Interviews

All Year 10 students engage in multi mini interviews discussing subject choices with current Y12/13 students to assist them in making an informed decision with regards which subjects to marry together in preparation for making the right choice at post 16.



Work Experience

Work experience for all students in Year 11 takes place in June.  One week placements are provided through contacts with local employers and parents. Students are encouraged to organise their own placements. Extended work experience is provided for Key Stage 5 students. The two year A Level Health and Social Care students attend a one-week work placement in October.  Year 14 students interested in nursing/midwifery secure a hospital work placement in September to assist with writing of the UCAS personal statement. This is to give them additional work experience, a requirement needed for university and employment.  All work experience placements are checked for health and safety. A number of staff will endeavour to visit students who take part in work experience.


SEN Transition Interviews

To provide advice and support to students aged 14+ with a statement of special needs. The Transition Plan meeting aims to put in place all necessary measures to ensure a successful transition, identifying and overcoming barriers or difficulties in the process. The Transition Plan will be reviewed along with their statement at each annual review meeting within their last years of school.













NIE Electrical Engineering Apprenticeships

NIE are offering school leavers the opportunity to apply for their apprenticeship programme Training is provided by their experienced training instructors and we have a history of providing jobs and career progression on the successful completion of apprentice training.

Each year they recruit apprentices for one or more of these roles depending on our business requirements.  This year they are currently looking for Electrician (Metering) Apprentices

During the two year programme all apprentices will work towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification alongside gaining new technical and practical skills.

Selection will be by application form, aptitude testing, practical assessment centre and interview.

For more information or to apply:

Online applications open from Monday 27 January through to 4pm on Friday, 21 February 2020. Early applications are encouraged.

Mivan Apprenticeship Opportunity

Apprenticeship Opportunity

Mivan are currently recruiting for Apprentice Joiners through the Apprentice Navigators Programme, our new student engagement initiative. A Mivan Apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity to start your career and earn while you learn. You will gain NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualifications working on exciting global projects while developing a range of skills to become a qualified joiner.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Apprentice Navigators Programme please come along to our open evening on Thursday 5th    March 2020 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at our premises on Greystone Road, Antrim.

The evening will include presentations, a tour of our facilities and the opportunity to talk to current Mivan apprentices and employees.

Mivan Apprentice Open Night A5

Finding out about the world of work at holiday time


  • Social Mobility Business Partnership (Year 13 Students). This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get 5 days work insight with some of our leading employers (BT, Herbert Smith Freehills, PwC and UTV) and resilience training at Ulster Rugby. Food and Travel Provided. Those successfully selected will also receive ongoing online support from industry experts after they have participated on the programme.  Students can attend sessions across the city (25 March – 4 April) that will give them extra information and support with making an application to the SMBP and some tips on preforming well at interview if selected. They can also apply online without attending (all in link).
  • Hospitality Easter Programme (Year 12) and Summer Hospitality Programme (Year 10). Students will get the opportunity to (i) work in different roles in some of Belfast’s prestigious hotels, (ii) eat meals in some of the city’s new restaurants, learn Barrista and Mocktail making skills and (iv) meet people who work in industry and get career pathway advice.  They will learn about the wide range of job opportunities in this fast growing sector in our city.  Food and Travel provided. Students/parents can attend sessions across the city (25 March – 4 April).  At this session they will have the opportunity to find out more about the programme on offer, opportunities in the hospitality sector and also they will be shortlisted or selected to participate in the programme.  
  • Employment Academies – support finding employment (for everyone – if you could please share with parents).  Anyone (especially parents/guardians can come along to find out about the range of academies in place to help people secure employment, or start their own business.

You can find out about the events that are happening and these opportunities by going to  If you can please share this link on your Social Media that would be great.  Anyone planning to attend these events should register online at this link.   Spaces will be restricted so those planning to attend should register asap.

Many thanks to our local work experience heroes

On behalf of our pupils we would like to thank the over 100 local employers who hosted our Year 12 for work experience last week. This would not have been possible without your cooperation, mentoring and willingness to help our young people succeed. Here are our local heroes:

Car Repairs N.I., Rathfern Community Centre, Funky Monkeys, Movie House Cinemas, NuYu Hairdressers, Direct Deliveries NI LTD, MD Loughry Solicitors, Academy Hair & Beauty, Musgrave Park Hospital, Cinema, Cairns Joinery, Wagz Dog Groomers, Samuel Kirk BM Ltd, Thomas Cook, Elite Physiotherapy, Theatre at the Mill, Service Care Dar Ltd, Stevenson & Reid, Tramways Pharmacy, J Porter Hair Studios, Reavey Solicitors, Alpha Housing Association, Nu-You Hairdressers, CD Building Contractors, Tesco Northcott, Lisa Hair Design, Antrim Area Hospital, Capita Managed IT Solutions, Belfast City Airport, Homeworks, Kings Park Primary School, Diane Elizabeth Hair Salon, Brill Design,

Ashgrove Primary School, Clare Veterinery Group, Cromlyn House Vet Clinic, Hazelwood Primary School, Fe Male Salon, Spar Whiteabbey, Glengormley Integrated PS, M W Tyres, Mallusk Community Playgroup, Mulberry Bush Playgroup, Mourne Seafood Ltd, Shoreline Paint Solutions, Hollybank P.S., W.C. Anthony & Sons, HardHat Catering, The Gentlemans Barber, Faith Hair and Nail Studio, Well Pharmacy, Seaview Primary, Arlene’s Hair & Beauty, Methodist Mission Hopes Shop, Ballyhenry Primary School, Party Animals N.I., Unas Buzzy Bees, DUP Constituency Office, DS Jeffery Electrical, ulsterbus tours, Neddy Teddy’s Day Care, La Mon Hotel & Country Club, Hullabaloo Day Nursey, Total Bathroom installations, Lower old park community centre, belfast city council, Glengormley Youth Centre, Reavey Solicitors, cubic Transportation Systems, Curtis Peugot, AGENI,

Shoe Zone, Hillview Heating and Plumbing Ltd, Dual Plumbing and building services, Andys Stores, Libraries Ni, Ballyclare Leisure Centre, JD McGeown, Mossley Primary School, Thomas Wright Bardbers, LLS NI, Hillcroft School, Lamount Hairdressing, John Mulholland Motors, Vivo Rathcoole, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, WS Agencies, Dean Samuel Gentleman’s Barbour, 365 Taxi’s Ltd, Flying Station Aldergrove, NIHE, Mulberry Bush Playgroup, Montgomery Distribution, Earlview Primary School, Barking Beauties Dog Groomers, GES Group, Bailies Auto Refinishers, Fujitsu Services LTD, The Donkey Sanctuary, Diane Elizabeth Hair Salon, , Jade House, AFS Southwest, Abbey Florist, Medicare Northcott