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Thank you for visiting the N.I. Schools and Colleges Careers Association website. Please browse and add any resources, calendar dates or articles of interest to share. We aim to provide what our members need so please feel free to contact us with ideas.

Julie Richardson & Cathy Moore - NISCA Co-Chairs

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NISCA will endeavour to enhance the quality of Careers Provision in schools and Regional Colleges and to create a desire for life-long learning.

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NISCA organises two Conferences per year for members.

Normally we host a Conference each Spring and Autumn. NISCA membership includes free attendance for at least two persons at both Conferences. 

Our conferences feature a wide range of valuable talks and workshops which are delivered by representatives from numerous organisations e.g. Industry, Universities, ETI

Events Calendar

We maintain a calendar of CEIAG related events which are relevant to Careeers professionals within N. Ireland.

We welcome the submission of events to our calendar. Please use our Contact Form to send details.

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  • 31 Oct 2014 12:57 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Virgin Atlantic has launched a new training programme for potential pilots. No previous flying experience is required to apply.

    Applicants are required to have a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent including maths, science and English.

    The 18-month programme consists of pre-flight training, full-motion flight deck simulation at CTC Aviation's crew training centre at Southampton, and flight training in Phoenix, Arizona.

    See the Virgin Atlantic website for details.
  • 29 Oct 2014 12:08 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Just in case an avaricious student wants to know, the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census reveals that the universities which produced the most billionaires are mainly the U.S. Ivy League colleges with University of Pennsylvania coming top. No surprises there.

    The only U.K. university in the top 20 is the London School of Economics. One Russian and one Indian unversity also feature.

    So go west young would-be oligarchs. See the BBC article for details.
  • 28 Oct 2014 9:48 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    New research by Nestlé UK & Ireland reveals a stark gap between youth enthusiasm for science and maths and employers’ ability to hire the STEM employees they need in the future. As many as 78% of young people indicated that they would consider a STEM career but 51% say they know little or nothing about the type of jobs that are on offer.

    Around 52% of UK science and maths teachers do not know what STEM businesses are looking for in recruits and 62% of STEM-related businesses do not believe there are enough young people studying STEM subjects to meet future demand.

    See the Nestlé website for details. Excellent free STEM poster also available from Nestlé website.

  • 17 Oct 2014 6:10 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    A very short video from Stephen Griffiths which identifies the main factors which should influence career choice or any major life decisions.

  • 17 Oct 2014 4:18 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Research by the Sutton Trust reveals that schools with high quality careers guidance accreditation had a two percentage point advantage in the proportion of pupils with five good GCSEs, including English and Maths.

    They also found that the proportion of students gaining 3 A levels was 1.5% higher in schools and sixth form colleges with the quality awards than other schools and students also had higher UCAS scores.

    See University News website for details.
  • 14 Oct 2014 8:29 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The world’s largest tech companies including Microsoft and Facebook have written to education ministers across the EU warning that more needs to be done to teach students to learn how to code.

    Claiming that by 2020 there will be 900,000 unfilled jobs in the ICT sector, they add that as early as the age of 7, children should be learning to code as a core life skill in order to "flourish in tomorrow’s digital economy and society".

    See the TES article for details.
  • 13 Oct 2014 10:34 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Sutton Trust, which promotes social mobility through education piloted a scheme last year with the Fulbright Commission’s US-UK exchange programme.

    The scheme was able to fund 61 state-school students from Britain to travel across the Atlantic in September to enroll. The scheme targets students from families with low annual incomes, the majority with less than £25,000.

    See the Guardian article for details.
  • 12 Oct 2014 2:59 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Cambridge University head of admissions, Mike Sewell has commented that A-level reforms in England will lead to flood of overambitious applications. Warning against a decision to scrap English AS-level exams as proposed by Michael Gove, Sewell argues that they act as a "reality check" for students.

    See the Telegraph article for details.
  • 11 Oct 2014 10:17 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Almost half of degrees this year at Cambridge and three at Oxford will require two A*s and an A as a minimum entry requirement.

    This change will affect all science, maths and medicine courses at Cambridge. The new entry requirements are the result of the sheer level of competition to get into Britain’s top two universities in recent years.

    See the Telegraph article for details.

  • 05 Oct 2014 11:43 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    UCAS have published a map, showing that around 30,000 UK students have chosen to study in a different UK country this year.

    Over 4,000 students will leave Northern Ireland to start a course in England and Scotland. Around 500 students from England and Scotland will study in Northern Ireland.

    See the UCAS website to view the map.
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