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Julie Richardson  - NISCA Chair

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  • 02 Oct 2015 2:57 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service has developed three new web pages on work experience to support pupils, parents and employers.

    The web page for pupils, published on NIDirect, provides information and advice on a range of areas. These include how to source a work experience placement, how to contact an employer, how to prepare for the placement and what to do during and after a placement.

    See the NI Direct website for details.
  • 29 Sep 2015 10:28 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry today launched the fourth cohort of the ICT Apprenticeship Scheme to provide opportunities to enter this growing and exciting sector.

    The scheme, involving a number of public sector and private sector organisations, will recruit apprentices to take up various software development and IT infrastructure roles. Approximately fifty places will be available.

    See the NI Gov website for details.
  • 29 Sep 2015 9:58 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Deloitte has changed its selection process so recruiters do not know where candidates went to school or university.

    In an effort to improve social mobility, next year's recruitment of 1,500 graduates and school leavers will also take into account disadvantages such as attending an under-performing school or coming from a deprived area.

    See the BBC website article for details.

  • 18 Sep 2015 10:13 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    A YouGov survey of parents examined their role in giving careers guidance; their attitude towards schools; and whether young people are adequately prepared for the workplace.

    More than half of parents surveyed felt they were the biggest influence on their children’s post A-Level education and career choices – more than their child’s friends and careers advisers. Most parents felt that their child did not have a clear idea of what they wanted to do after finishing education.

    See the article on EY website for details.

  • 20 Aug 2015 3:37 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has revealed that the majority of UK university graduates are working in jobs that do not require a degree, with over-qualification at "saturation point". Overall, 58.8% of graduates are in jobs deemed to be non-graduate roles and the number of graduates had now "significantly outstripped" the creation of high-skilled jobs. 

    See the BBC article for more details.

  • 18 Jun 2015 11:56 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Ulster University is cutting 210 jobs this year and 1,200 student places over the next three years due to a reduction in its funding. Full-time undergraduate places will be cut by 250 in September, with a reduction of 950 further places during 2016 and 2017.

    See the BBC article for details.

  • 30 May 2015 10:21 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Free online courses from two UK universities, aimed at helping sixth-formers are due to launch this summer.

    Sheffield university is creating two courses on applying for jobs and courses and succeeding at interviews.The first includes writing covering letters and personal statements. The second is on interviews, covering how to research organisations, what to wear and how to deal with commonly asked questions.

    The University of East Anglia, will offer advice from lecturers and undergraduates on the skills new students will need.

    See the BBC website for details.

  • 21 May 2015 11:03 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Graduates could face tougher conditions on their student loans because of uncertainty over long-term debt repayments, a report says.

    The government is currently predicting that it will lose 45% of the money it lent to students.

     The Higher Education Policy Institute says the potential impact of low loan repayments decades ahead is beginning to affect universities' budgets now. 

    See the BBC article for details.

  • 04 May 2015 10:21 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Until now, PwC has not considered any graduate applicants who failed to reach an A-level grades threshold.

    The company has now decided to no longer consider a potential recruit's UCAS score because some able candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds were losing out.

    See the BBC article for details.

  • 24 Apr 2015 4:14 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    A new report reveals that studying science or maths at A level increases girls’ earnings by a third.

    The landmark research shows that achieving 2 or more A levels in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects adds 7.8% to a man’s earnings, when compared to just gaining GCSE-level qualifications. But the returns for women are much higher, with earnings being boosted by 33.1%.

    These conclusions are based on data tracking the lives of more than 13,000 individuals since 1970 and analysing the earnings associated with different levels of qualifications by the time these people reached the middle of their careers.

    See the press release for more details.
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