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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

Mission Statement

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


Any teacher or lecturer from a school or Regional College can join NISCA.

Membership is inexpensive and your school can reclaim the entire cost of membership under the Entitlement Framework. So it is effectively FREE to join NISCA.

The benefits of being a NISCA member include :

  • Free or discounted attendance for two teachers from your school at our biannual conferences
  • Network with other careers professionals
  • Full access to all sections and downloads from our website
To join NISCA simply contact us via this form.
File Downloads

We maintain a collection of files which will be useful to our members.

Recent or popular files include :

  • ETI - Sharing Good Practice
  • Labour Market Intelligence
  • Preparing for a Careers Inspection
  • New to CEIAG ?
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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 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.

Live Jobs
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  • 09 Sep 2014 2:26 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The annual report of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development indicates that there are 41% of working-age people with a degree-level qualification, up from 26% in 2000.

    The increase has been driven by rising numbers of young people, particularly women, taking up university places. This has overtaken the 37% of people whose highest qualifications are school exams such as GCSEs or A-levels.

    But the report highlights a disparity between the rising graduate numbers and weaknesses in core skills such as reading and writing.

    See the BBC article for more details.
  • 11 Aug 2014 10:39 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Student Room have published the results of a revealing survey of more than 6000 students. The results indicate that the most important influences on career choice were talking to people in industry (24%) and work experience/internships (23%). Careers advisors/tutors were ranked joint-third (13%).

    School advisors/teachers’ (23%) are ranked in 6th place as an information source when researching university courses.

    The strongest influence in deciding what to do following school/college was parents (45%). Subject teachers (19%) were ranked second, followed by a close grouping of friends and social networking (8%), Heads of Year/6th Form and employers (7%). A careers advisor was the main influence for only 4% of respondents.

    See the Student Room document for more details.

  • 04 Jul 2014 8:43 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    A government-backed Open University course will aim to inspire 200,000 people to take up careers in cybersecurity from September this year.

    The course marks the latest step in a campaign to recruit talent to help protect people from cybercrime and stop internet attacks. Experts warn that the UK is at a disadvantage globally and it could take 20 years to address the skills gap.

    See the BBC website for details.
  • 04 Jul 2014 9:40 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    From September 2015, Trinity College Dublin will admit some NI students who have taken three A-level exams, provided they achieve a minimum of one A and two B grades. 

    The College's authorities have set an eventual target to admit 300 students from Northern Ireland each year.

    See the BBC article for more details.

  • 02 Jul 2014 7:09 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    UK fraud prevention officers have sent a guide to all universities warning of the legal consequences of submitting false CV details.

    Some students have been jailed for six months for lying on job application forms. The offence carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in the most serious cases. Perhaps Careers teachers might want to mention this in their job application lessons !

    See the Telegraph article for more details.
  • 25 Jun 2014 11:29 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Samantha Thompson is 24. Two years ago she bought a house. She's about to take delivery of a brand new car. 

    She has completed a three-year advanced apprenticeship scheme at the international energy systems company, Doosan Babcock.

    Samantha is now a project engineer. She has a University of Hull foundation degree in mechanical engineering and is training to be a project manager. Reflecting on the advantages of an apprenticeship Samantha said "You know you're not going to come out of university and have to flip burgers".

    See the BBC website for more details.
  • 24 Jun 2014 12:02 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Faced with the impending burden of student loan debt, some of your students might like to know which university subjects lead to the best paid jobs. has distilled the top 10 subjects from HESA data.
  • 22 Jun 2014 11:26 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    The results of a CBI survey of about 300 UK firms indicate that the UK's education system is failing to produce enough people with foreign-language skills to meet a growing need from business.

    French, German and Spanish were highly valued but Arabic and Mandarin were growing in importance.

    See the BBC website for details
  • 19 Jun 2014 11:47 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Association of School and College Leaders have published two items which will be of interest to careers practitioners :

    1. The challenge of fair university admissions - Sir Michael Griffiths reflects on the issue of ‘fair admissions’ in response to demands that more disadvantaged youngsters should be given access to higher education.

    2. Careers engagement: a good practice brief for leaders of schools and colleges - highlights the principles of effective careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools and colleges.
  • 19 Jun 2014 11:06 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    An analysis of the workforce by the Office for National Statistics has concluded that having a degree rather than two A-levels or an equivalent qualification had “little impact” on people’s likelihood of being employed.

    However, graduates do have significantly higher earning power than those who did not go to university.

    Full details are available at the Telegraph website.

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