Subjects

Careers Employability

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Aims and Objectives

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) plays an important major role in helping young people today to make informed choices and preparing them for adult working life.

The department aims to provide quality direction to motivate pupils and help them make realistic decisions about their Personal Career Plans and to provide opportunities to develop essential and transferable skills in order to become active and effective employees.

The main aims are as follows:

Careers education is designed to help pupils in the pursuit of personal excellence and to assist them to acquire the skills, attitudes and abilities they need to chart their path through life with confidence.

In support of this over-arching aim, CEIAG should help pupils to

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of themselves as individuals- their strengths and limitations, personal qualities, interests, abilities, skills, potential, values, motivation and needs.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live on a local, national and global level.
  • Become aware of the major roles which people play in the various spheres of life, employment and other career opportunities available and routes of entry.
  • Develop skills and personal qualities to manage their career development including the ability to make considered choices, formulate and implement career plans and cope with the transition from school to adult opportunities.

Teaching of Careers and Employability mainly takes place in the new Careers suite which has computer access on the ground floor.

Related Links

www.pathfinderlive.co.uk

www.careersserviceni.com

www.nidirect.gov.uk

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Education for Employability

All pupils receive 1 period per week of Employability and this makes a significant contribution to the development of our young people. The emphasis of teaching and learning encourages pupils to:

  • Learn how to think and learn for themselves.
  • Be creative, innovative and empathetic thinkers.
  • Apply their learning to life and work situations for the common good.

Employability is central to the role of the curriculum just as work is central to most people’s lives.

The 4 main strands that are taught in years 8, 9 and 10 are:

  • Work in the local and global economy
  • Career management
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Skills and qualities for work

These are not discrete dimensions but form part of an integrated and well rounded programme.

In addition Year 10 in particular, also prepares pupils for their GCSE choices.  Parents are also invited into school for the subject choice interviews so that informed decisions can be made.

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Careers

The Careers Department allows pupils to make informed decisions about the world of work and to consider how their interests can influence their career options.

The varied Careers programme helps and enables pupils to consider their own Personal Career Plan and to review and evaluate it over their two years of study.

Classroom activity is enhanced by other activities, events and learning experiences.

  • Visits to employers
  • Talks from employers/stem ambassadors
  • Work Experience – 1 week in year 12
  • Careers Convention
  • Careers guidance from the Careers Service N.I.
  • Careers Breakfasts
  • Interview Skills Day
  • Enterprise Master class
  • Links with other schools in the CLC community.

Aims of Work Experience

  • Carry out self assessment to see which jobs are suited to their skills.
  • Thoroughly research a number of job/career opportunities and gradually narrowing down their choice for work experience.
  • Use the situation as if it were a real job hunting exercise by contacting employers, writing letters and composing CVs.
  • Experience the discipline of a working environment which is relevant to their career plan.
  • Have the opportunity to observe/participate in actual tasks associated with the job and to review/evaluate the experience in relation to their individual skills, interests and abilities.

Raise their self esteem and confidence.