Chairperson Message

Welcome to NISCA. Please browse the website and add any resources, calendar dates or articles of interest to share. I hope that through our website and attendance at conferences you will meet fellow practitioners and find new materials to enrich your delivery of CEIAG to N.Ireland’s young people. The majority of N.I schools and colleges belong to NISCA, if you are not yet a member please join us.

Hilary West-Hurst  - NISCA Chair

Mission Statement

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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To join NISCA simply contact us via this form.
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We maintain a collection of files which will be useful to our members.

Recent or popular files include :

  • ETI - Sharing Good Practice
  • Labour Market Intelligence
  • Preparing for a Careers Inspection
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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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  • 18 May 2016 9:45 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    A study published in the Journal of Education and Work has concluded that getting careers information and meeting employers in school had a "meaningful and statistically significant impact on later earnings".

    Researchers used the British Cohort Study tracking 17,000 people and found that there were higher earnings for those who had received sustained careers advice in school.

    CBI president Paul Drechsler said: "This report makes clear the importance and impact of great careers insights and advice from people in the business world."

    See the BBC website article for details.

  • 12 May 2016 11:14 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Girls born this year will be 75 per cent more likely to study for a degree than their male classmates according to a report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

    In a foreword to the report, UCAS chief executive Mary Curnock Cook says: "On current trends, the gap between rich and poor will be eclipsed by the gap between males and females within a decade."

    According to UCAS in 2015 the entry rate for 18 year old women in 2015 was 9.2 percentage points higher than for men, making them 35 per cent (proportionally) more likely to enter than men. These differences were the highest recorded.

    See the TES article for more details.

  • 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 professional diploma in stage management and technical theatre in available at The Lir Academy, Trinity College Dublin.

     Applications are still being accepted for the two year professional diploma in stage management and technical theatre. This is a practical hands on course covering stage management, set design and construction, lighting and sound design, wardrobe, scenic art, prop sourcing and prop making. Graduates from this course are working in national and international theatres, with touring theatre companies, on film and TV production and with technical support companies.

    Entry onto this course is direct. It is not though UCAS. Further details and application forms available from this link.

  • 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.

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