Chairperson Message

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 & Cathy Moore - NISCA Co-Chairs

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.

Join NISCA

Any teacher or lecturer from a school or Regional College can join NISCA.

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 two teachers from your school at our biannual conferences
  • Network with other careers professionals
  • Full access to all sections and downloads from our website
To join NISCA simply contact us via this form.
File Downloads

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
  • New to CEIAG ?
Member login required to access file download page.
Conferences

NISCA organises two Conferences per year for members.

Normally we host a Conference each Spring and Autumn. NISCA membership includes free attendance for 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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Articles

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  • 01 Oct 2014 7:59 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    According to rankings compiled by the professional social networking site LinkedIn, LSE is the best places to attend if you want to enter investment banking, finance or marketing.

    By analysing employment patterns of over 300 million LinkedIn members from around the world who graduated in the last eight years - and cross referencing careers with members' alma mater - the site was able to rank universities based on the career outcomes of their graduates.

    For professionals working in accounting, the University of Warwick came out on top. University of Leeds scored highest for media professionals.

    See the Telegraph article for more details.
  • 01 Oct 2014 1:20 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Issues including careers advice and guidance were discussed at a CBI Senior Executives Dinner with Employment and Learning minister Dr Stephen Farry recently.

    CBI Northern Ireland Chair Colin Walsh commented that "the review of careers advice and guidance that is being conducted jointly between the minister’s Department and the Department of Education is important in making sure we address the skills opportunities for our young people in a way that better reflects the economic challenges and opportunities of the future."

    More details are available from the CBI website.
  • 29 Sep 2014 1:05 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    International recruitment firm Hays Group are reporting that the both the UK and Ireland are among the worst "talent mismatches" in Europe, raising the risk of slower economic growth and lost opportunity for people and businesses.

    The Hays Global Skills Index 2014, produced in collaboration with Oxford Economics, found that the gap between skills that people can offer and those which UK employers are seeking, increased again this year.


    See the International Business Times article for more details.
  • 28 Sep 2014 11:41 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Higher Education Careers Service Unit (Hecsu) reports that 7.3% were unemployed in January 2014, down from 8.5% in January 2013 and the lowest level since 2008. Figures suggest that 70% of new graduates were in employment by January 2014.

    Improved employment prospects have resulted in fewer graduates in further study - some 12.4% of the total, down from 13% the year before.

    See more details in the BBC website article.

  • 27 Sep 2014 1:10 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Some cost-effective alternatives to a full-time law degree from the Guardian website. Following recent changes to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's training contract guidelines, it seems that there are an increasing number of routes into law that are more affordable and attainable.

    See the Guardian website article for more details.
  • 26 Sep 2014 10:51 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Everyone please remember to submit your NISCA membership renewal soon. If you do not have a copy of the renewal form, it can be downloaded via this link.

    Planning for the November Conference is almost complete and booking via this website will commence shortly. Only fully paid members are able to book for Conference.
  • 09 Sep 2014 2:26 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The annual report of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development indicates that there are 41% of working-age people with a degree-level qualification, up from 26% in 2000.

    The increase has been driven by rising numbers of young people, particularly women, taking up university places. This has overtaken the 37% of people whose highest qualifications are school exams such as GCSEs or A-levels.

    But the report highlights a disparity between the rising graduate numbers and weaknesses in core skills such as reading and writing. 

    See the BBC article for more details.
  • 11 Aug 2014 10:39 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Student Room have published the results of a revealing survey of more than 6000 students. The results indicate that the most important influences on career choice were talking to people in industry (24%) and work experience/internships (23%). Careers advisors/tutors were ranked joint-third (13%).

    School advisors/teachers’ (23%) are ranked in 6th place as an information source when researching university courses.

    The strongest influence in deciding what to do following school/college was parents (45%). Subject teachers (19%) were ranked second, followed by a close grouping of friends and social networking (8%), Heads of Year/6th Form and employers (7%). A careers advisor was the main influence for only 4% of respondents. 

    See the Student Room document for more details.

  • 04 Jul 2014 8:43 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    A government-backed Open University course will aim to inspire 200,000 people to take up careers in cybersecurity from September this year.

    The course marks the latest step in a campaign to recruit talent to help protect people from cybercrime and stop internet attacks. Experts warn that the UK is at a disadvantage globally and it could take 20 years to address the skills gap.

    See the BBC website for details
  • 04 Jul 2014 9:40 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    From September 2015, Trinity College Dublin will admit some NI students who have taken three A-level exams, provided they achieve a minimum of one A and two B grades. 

    The College's authorities have set an eventual target to admit 300 students from Northern Ireland each year.

    See the BBC article for more details.

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