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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  - NISCA Chair

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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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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.

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  • Free or discounted attendance for teachers from your school at our biannual conferences
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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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November 2014 Conference


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  • 27 Jan 2015 10:57 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    As many as 224,000 construction jobs are set to be created throughout the UK in the next five years, according to the latest Construction Skills Network report. The prediction comes in the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) annual survey of the sector’s health.

    Northern Ireland is projected to see annual average output growth of 2.2% over the 2015 to 2019 period, lower than the UK rate of 2.9%.

    Download the full CITB report for details including predictions for N. Ireland.
  • 27 Jan 2015 10:32 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    A survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters reveals that 72.7% of AGR members plan to offer school leaver opportunities in 2014/15.

    Graduate vacancies are predicted to rise by 11.9% this year and 44.8% of employers had unfilled vacancies in 2013/14.

    IT/Telecoms sector has the highest predicted growth, followed by the Public Sector, Construction and Engineering.

    See the AGR website for details.
  • 26 Jan 2015 2:36 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    The University’s inaugural Teachers and Careers Advisers Event will be held on:

    Saturday, 7 February 2015, 10.00am - 1.00pm, Belfast campus

    The structure, format and timing of the event has been developed in collaboration with Ulster’s Careers Teachers Forum and feedback received through an online survey circulated to all careers teachers. This ensures the format addresses topics that matter most to delegates.

    See their website for registration details.

  • 12 Jan 2015 11:19 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    A major new report on the graduate job market by High Fliers Research Limited reveals that graduate recruitment at Britain’s top employers is set to reach its highest level for more than a decade this year.

    University students graduating in the summer of 2015 – including the first undergraduates to have paid tuition fees of up to £9,000-a-year for their degrees – will be paid higher graduate salaries when they start work.

    See the High Fliers press release for a concise summary of findings.
  • 12 Jan 2015 3:28 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    NUI Galway has announced its new A-Level Entry Scheme for entry onto NUI Galway undergraduate degree courses. Approximately 200 places will be made available to students sitting 3 (or more) A-Levels under the scheme. 

    In addition to this, A-Level students will automatically be considered for entry onto undergraduate degree courses to which they have applied in the usual way, using the standard A-Level to Leaving Cert’ points’ conversion model.  For more information please visit

  • 21 Dec 2014 10:38 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    In spite of tuition fees, UCAS figures show overall admissions in 2014 were at a record 512,400, with 10% rise in candidates from poorer families.

    UCAS chief executive Mary Curnock Cook commented “These trends are pushing the difference in entry rates between rich and poor to historic lows,” and described this trend as “stunning account of social change”.

    See the Guardian article for details. 
  • 19 Dec 2014 12:39 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The report builds on the detailed inquiry carried out by the Employment and Learning Committee into Careers and outlines five key areas for improvement and 15 key actions. The five key areas highlighted for improvement are:
    • accountability, consistency and quality for the entire careers system to include practitioner and organisational standards, and clear and measurable targets;
    • work experience for young people in school (from P7) and further and higher education and stronger relationships with employers to offer opportunities across a wide range of sectors and employers;
    • accessing information online, particularly labour market information;
    • developing a record of careers progression; and
    • ensuring young people have access to impartial professional advice.

    Download the full report for details.

  • 11 Dec 2014 11:30 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Graduate Labour Market report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills reveals that workers with a degree earn £9,000 more per year than non-graduates, with an average salary of £31,000. Workers with a postgraduate degree earn another £9,000 on average, bringing their average pay up to £40,000 a year.

    The report added that people with a degree are also much more likely to get a job and be working in a highly skilled post.

    See the Telegraph article for details.
  • 11 Dec 2014 7:59 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Jobs website Glassdoor has compiled a list of the top 25 companies to work for based on employee insight and feedback given to the site over the past year.

    Thousands of users were asked to rate how satisfied they were with their company overall, how well they felt their CEO led the company, whether they would recommend their employer to a friend, as well as key workplace attributes including career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, and work-life balance.

    See the Glassdoor website for the list

  • 08 Dec 2014 7:18 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The International New York Times has published the global top 150 universities using rankings that measure universities for "the production of graduates who are ready to work, expertise in a particular field and reputation".

    Cambridge University comes first in the world. No Northern Ireland universities make the top 150. Trinity College Dublin is at 110.

    See the full list at the Emerging website.
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