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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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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

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

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Articles

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  • 23 Mar 2015 1:23 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Speaking at a Digital South Event in Belfast, Employment Minister Stephen Farry has appealed to young people to join the digital sector, where jobs were growing by around 10% a year.

    Industry body Momentum aims to increase jobs in the sector - which currently employs 28,000 people - by 20,000 by 2018.

    Dr Farry said: "To grow our economy we need to ensure our local workforce has the right skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

    See the Belfast Telegraph article for more details.
  • 19 Mar 2015 11:51 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Medical Research Council has just launched the first interactive careers guide for those working in medical research or hoping to do so.

    The Interactive Career Framework is aimed at all those wishing to pursue a career in the field – be they an apprentice in a medical research setting looking for the next step, or someone moving from being a postdoctoral researcher to an independent investigator.

    The Interactive Career Framework is available on the MRC Website.
  • 11 Mar 2015 9:29 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    David Cameron is to announce a new £15,000 bursary for maths and physics students with strong academic records to help with the costs of studying at university if they agree to become a schoolteacher for at least three years.

    The prime minister will say: “. . .I want to make Britain the best place in the world to learn maths and science – and because of our growing economy, we have a clear plan to deliver the best teachers to make this happen.”

    See the Guardian article for details.

  • 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.
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