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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.

The benefits of being a NISCA member include :

  • Free or discounted attendance for teachers from your school at our biannual conferences
  • Network with other careers professionals
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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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  • 25 Apr 2016 12:39 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme, funded by JP McManus, provides financial support of £5,500 per academic year to the top-performing students from low-income households, intending to do an undergraduate course in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Twenty five scholarships will be awarded across two categories:

    • to the top performing ‘A’ level students from grant aided post primary schools - a minimum of two scholarships will be awarded in each county of Northern Ireland, based on the students' home addresses
    • six scholarships will be awarded to the top Level 3 Extended Diploma students from further education colleges
    Closing date for applications is Friday 24 June 2016. See the NI Direct website for application details.
  • 21 Apr 2016 9:27 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    UCAS has published the top 10 most used opening lines in personal statements from over 700,000 applications submitted last year. The top 10 were :

    1. From a young age I have (always) been [interested in/fascinated by]… [1,779]
    2. For as long as I can remember I have… [1,451]
    3. I am applying for this course because… [1,370]
    4. I have always been interested in… [927]
    5. Throughout my life I have always enjoyed… [310]
    6. Reflecting on my educational experiences… [257]
    7. Nursing is a very challenging and demanding [career/profession/course]… [211]
    8. Academically, I have always been… [168]
    9. I have always wanted to pursue a career in… [160]
    10. I have always been passionate about… [160]

    Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS’ Chief Executive commented  “The personal statement is supposed to be personal. Learning to write about yourself in a compelling way is a vital skill when applying for jobs; using hackneyed phrases is not the best way to stand out.”

  • 14 Apr 2016 7:44 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    BDO NI are recruiting Higher Level Apprentices (Accountancy). The two year Higher Level Apprenticeship programme offers a unique opportunity to gain on-the-job experience while studying one day a week at Belfast Metropolitan College. At the end of the Higher Level Apprenticeship the Apprentices will be awarded a Diploma of Accounting Technicians qualification. There may then be the opportunity to continue their part-time studies and become a Chartered Accountant.

    The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is Monday 25th April 2016 at 5.00pm.

    Further details are available from the BDO website.

  • 14 Apr 2016 7:34 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Trinity College Dublin will be holding a networking lunch and information event on Thursday, 21 April 2016 in the Lagan Valley Island Conference Centre, Lisburn from 13.30 to 16.30.

    This event will give careers teachers, headmasters, principals and other second level professionals the opportunity to meet with Trinity College staff, to learn more about our courses and also to discuss the admissions and the application process, including the new A-level scoring system and the CAO system. 

    There will also be opportunities to hear from Northern Irish students who are currently studying at Trinity and also from Northern Irish alumni.

    Please go to this link for details and booking.

  • 20 Mar 2016 9:34 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Career Advisor is is a free app which is available for  Android  smartphones. The app connects to the LMI for All database and provides information such as job data comparison (salary statistics for the UK for different sectors and occupations, workforce data, required skills information), job descriptions, regional salary maps,and a job recommendation module.

    The app includes N. Ireland data. Easy to use for both educators and students.

    Download available from Google Play. Definitely worth checking out.

  • 16 Mar 2016 3:43 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    A one week course entitled Introduction to Stage Management and Technical Theatre offers a taster course to anyone who is interested in pursuing training in stage management or those who are considering applying for the Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at The Lir Academy.  

    See the Academy website for details of the short course. 

    UPDATE : The Academy has extended the deadline for applications for the full Professional Diploma course to the beginning of May.

  • 09 Mar 2016 8:55 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Conventional wisdom has it that U.S. university fees are much higher than in the U.K. While that may be true for top Ivy League colleges such as Harvard, in practice, many US universities have comparable or lower costs than those in the U.K. or across Europe. 

    The average across US public universities is $9,410 (£6,610). These fees often include bed and board as well as tuition.

    See the BBC article for more details.

  • 08 Mar 2016 2:39 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    The Open University Open Learning scheme are offering a FREE course entitled Careers education and guidance. This 8 hour course is designed to help teachers in secondary schools support students in planning their futures in learning and work. It assumes that you, the teacher, are working in a team with your school's careers co-ordinator.

    See the OU website link for details.

  • 02 Mar 2016 7:36 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    The Preparing for Success Strategy 2015-2020 has just been published by the Department for Employment and Learning.

    The Strategy builds on the achievements of Preparing for Success 2009-2014 and has been updated to cover the period 2015-2020. In addition a joint action plan for 2015-16 and 2016-2017 has been developed that identifies the key actions the two departments will take forward during this period. Further actions will be added for the subsequent years in due course.

    The Strategy documents can be downloaded from the DEL webpage.

  • 02 Feb 2016 1:05 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    From November 2016, applicants to Cambridge University will have to sit written tests as part of the application process. 

    The change will affect students applying for courses starting in autumn 2017. The tests will be tailored to each subject and will be taken before or at interviews.

    See the BBC article for details.

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