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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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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

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  • 02 Mar 2015 4:56 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Teach First has produced a report which argues that all schools in England and Wales should have a teacher trained to give high-quality careers advice, particularly to poorer pupils.

    The charity says teachers should be at the heart of careers education with the support of policy makers and businesses.

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said she agreed schools needed additional support to boost careers advice.

    See BBC website summary or full report for details.
  • 01 Mar 2015 1:59 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Des Speed, chief executive of NI firm PathXL has warned that there is a shortage of skills for firms like his.

    "Skills in software have become a something of a crisis," he told BBC Radio Ulster's Inside Business.

    "We all know and applaud the success of Invest NI for the various jobs that have been brought here, but there needs to be a real joined-up approach across government, from education and training through to the workforce.

    "Otherwise those jobs won't be filled because the skills won't be available here."

    See the BBC website for details.
  • 19 Feb 2015 6:03 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Dr Deirdre Hughes considers patterns, trends and recent policy developments in the UK careers landscape. It discusses the formation of a new careers and enterprise company in England and sets out some opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for those working in the careers profession both within and outside of higher education.

    See the HESCU article for details.

  • 19 Feb 2015 1:46 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    UCAS is changing its rules to allow UK students to apply to European universities.

    Universities from across the European Union will be able to apply to join the admissions service used by UK students.

    "The inclusion of a wider range of higher education providers in the Ucas system offers students more choice about where and what to study," said a spokesman for UCAS.

    See the BBC News website for details
  • 03 Feb 2015 1:39 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Edge Foundation is dedicated to raising the status of technical, practical and vocational learning. According to their research, teens miscalculated actual earnings in these sectors by up to 38 per cent.

    In 2014, the sector with the highest annual earnings was electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply. Only one in six teenagers guessed it was even in the top three. What's more, they thought average earnings would be around £23,000 - nearly £15,000 below the true median figure of £37,922.

    See the Edge Foundation website for details. Also download a useful poster.
  • 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

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