Employability

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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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

OPPORTUNITIES

  • 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

QUB Junior Academy Taster Day

Our year 10 QUB Academy Students attended the first of their taster days. Today we learnt about the world of robotics and even designed our own robotic arm!

Well done to Molly, Rihanna, Dylan, Mark and Madison who were one of the first groups to have their robot functioning.

Thank you to QUB for running this event

Year 12 Jobs & Career Exhibition


All Year 12 will be attending a Jobs and Careers Exhibition at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Thursday 8th November 2018 from 9-12 . Students will have the opportunity to meet potential employers and post 16 course providers. Consent forms must be returned to form tutors by Thursday 25th October to confirm attendance. Students without consent forms will remain in school as normal.

Former pupils visit the Maths Department

On Friday 22nd June former pupils Anna O’Connor and Katie Diven called in for a visit. Anna is studying Sociology with criminology at UUJ and Katie is completing an accountancy apprenticeship with PWC.

The girls said

I miss school, I really miss it, I miss the routine, sixth year were the best years, we had such close relationships with our teachers.

University of Ulster Law Taster

Y13 Student’s Sian McGilton and Lucy Wilson did themselves proud having attended an Ulster University Law Taster Event that tested their ability to try a case acting as both the defence and prosecutor. Both parties had to make opening statements, call witnesses, make objections, cross-examine and present closing statements. Invited Barristers who acted as Judges for the case commended the students on their attention to detail to the facts of the case.

Nicholson Bass are recruiting apprentices

Nicholson Bass is now in the process of recruiting apprentices for their plant in Mallusk, they are part of the Bradley group which currently operates factories in Belfast, Isle of Man and Liverpool.


The vision at Nicholson Bass is to become the biggest and best printer in Ireland. This is an exciting role for any young driven individual who wishes to pursue a career within the printing industry.


This would suit school leavers from the age of 16-18. Nicholson Bass are looking to employ 5 individuals in our Mallusk factory, for further information contact Mr Glen Miskimmon on 02890 342433 or by email gmiskimmin@nicholsonbass.com.

Closing date for these roles would be 22/06/18.