Students are introduced to (CEAIG) Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance from Year 8 through the Employability Programme. This encourages our young people to realise their skills, qualities, strengths, interests, aspirations and values, which will enable them to make informed decisions both in the short and long term; from choosing GCSE Options to preparing themselves for life and work.
In Years 11 – 14 this is developed into a careers programme. Students’ participation in the Careers classes develops their skills related to making choices based on information, resources available, and the ability to work with others and the attitudes of people to different types of occupations.
Students in Year 12 are offered interviews with a Careers Officer from the Department of Employment and Learning to prepare them for the transition from school to working life.
Work Experience forms a central part of the Careers programme for all Year 11 and 13 students. This is invaluable for helping all to gain an insight into the world of work.
The three Post-Primary schools in the local area collaborate to organise and host a Careers Convention each year for students in Years 12, 13 and 14. This is supported by a wide variety of Universities, Training Organisations and industries.
The Academy is a founder member of CABLE (Carrickfergus Area Business Links with Education) Business Education Partnership, which aims to develop closer links between education and business in the local area.
Mrs D McClure
Head of Careers