Education for Employability ensures that all young people develop the personal qualities, skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes which will give them a strong foundation for lifelong learning and work. We provide all learners with the skills they need to succeed in today’s changing work environment.


From 2007 Education for Employability has had to be taught to all pupils from year 8 to 12. Education for Employability has three subject themes:

  • Work in the Local and Global Economy
  • Career Management
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

These themes have been implemented to prepare students for the world of work. Career management allows pupils to learn about career options and learn about the career paths available. Employers are looking for workers with more than literacy, ICT and numeracy skills. Employability provides opportunities for pupils to develop and understand the importance of having skills such as:

  • Managing information
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Working with others
  • Improving personal learning
  • Communication

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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: https://www.nienetworks.co.uk/careers/apprentice-training-programme

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

Queens Junior Academy Medicine and Life Sciences Day

This week our Queen’s Junior Academy students visited the Medical Biology Center at Queen’s University for an introduction to Medicine & Life Sciences.  They had a great time being show around and learning more about what study at Queen’s could look like.

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 http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-103287.aspx.  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

Year 12 Visit Jobs and Careers Exhibition

Our stupendous Year 12 spent yesterday afternoon at a Job & Careers Exhibition which took place in the Titanic Centre. They had the chance to talk to employers, training agencies and college representatives about choices after GCSE. #aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits