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St Cecilia's College

Bligh's Lane

Derry

Northern Ireland

BT48 9PJ

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Careers Education

Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

The CEIAG Department, in close liaison with the Northern Ireland Careers Service (Department of Employment and Learning) works towards: 

  • Enabling our students to develop the skills necessary to make informed decisions about their education and training and employment options based on self-awareness, understanding of the relevance of their education, skills and experiences and awareness of the available pathways and opportunities (locally, nationally and internationally).

  • Providing our students with the opportunities and experiences to develop essential employability and life skills in order to become effective citizens and employees.

  • Ensuring that our students have access to good quality career education, information, advice and guidance, tailored to their individual needs, so that they are able to make informed choices.

Work Experience
 

  • Year 12 and Year 13 pupils participate in a Work Experience Programme. . They are carefully prepared beforehand and receive a visit from a member of staff during their week's work experience.

  • At the end of the placement, the employer provides a written report about each participant. The pupils are encouraged to assess their own performance and use it to inform their career choice.

Outline of Programmes

Students are introduced to personal career planning in Year 10 which involves the process of target setting, action planning, researching and reviewing career options.

This is revisited on an on-going basis along with the provision of formal Careers Education lessons in Years 12 & 13.

 

  • During this time, students participate in seminars, work-related experiences and activities exploring the ever-changing labour market.

  • Year 10 and Year 12 along with all staff head out on industry visits during our annual “Insight into Industry” Day.

  • Year 8-14 attend our talks and workshops during our annual “Employability Skills” Week and STEAM Week.

  • Yr 12 and Yr 13 have an opportunity to engage in work-experience organised in liaison with School Employer Connections.

  • All pupils in Years 10, 12, 13 and 14 have a careers guidance interview.

At each Key Stage in St. Cecilia’s College, pupils attend timetabled Careers lessons during which they follow a taught programme incorporating elements of either Careers Education or Education for Employability.

During these lessons, pupils engage in an student focused Careers programme, including careers research and personal career planning. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their own skills and interests and to consider their career aspirations. The programme at each Key Stage also supports pupils to make decisions in relation to their transition to the next Key Stage in terms of, for example, subject choices.

Key Stage 3

 

  • Work in the Local and Global Economy;

  • Career Management;

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

  • Subject Choices for GCSE.

  • Attend “Insight into Industry” Day

  • Attend Employability Skills Week and STEAM Week at St Cecilia’s College.

  • Attend various events such as Culture TECH and STEM events.

Key Stage 4

  • Subject Choices for A Level.

  • Further Education;

  • Apprenticeships and Training;

  • Preparing for Work Experience

  • Attend “Insight into Industry” Day

  • Attend Employability Skills Week and STEAM Week at St Cecilia’s College.

  • Attend various events such as Culture TECH and STEM events.

Key Stage 5

  • Preparing for Work-Shadowing;

  • Opportunities in Higher Education;

  • Talks from Various Universities

  • Receive advice on AS results and A Level results

  • Choosing a University Course;

  • UCAS Application;

  • Interview Skills;

  • Attend Employability Skills Week and STEAM Week at St Cecilia’s College.

  • Attend various events such as Culture TECH and STEM events.

  • Student Finance; and

  • Making the Transition to Higher Education.