Department Information

Careers

Aims

The aim of our CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) programme is to help the pupils of Cross and Passion make positive and informed decisions about their career pathway so that they can confidently make the next step to Further/Higher Education or to employment. Throughout their school career, all our young people will be supported in making good choices at key transition stages (GCSE, A Level and Post-18).

Staff

Ms M Duffin (HOD)
Mrs C Black

Careers Guidance

In terms of careers guidance Cross and Passion provides:

  • An employability programme for all pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4
  • A Careers Education programme from Years 10-14
  • Individual careers guidance for all pupils at crucial transition stages
  • Individual careers guidance interviews with the DEL Careers Adviser for all pupils in Year 12 and any other pupil who requests additional support
  • Programmes across the curriculum to develop key employability skills
  • Opportunities for pupils to engage in STEM related activities
  • A dedicated team of enthusiastic careers teachers who attend professional development courses and keep abreast of current employment trends and needs

Careers Education

Through our Personal Career Planning programme, pupils are encouraged to:

  • Reflect on their strengths, personal qualities, aspirations and aptitudes
  • Research information relating to a wide range of career opportunities
  • Use labour market information to help inform their career planning
  • Explore progression routes to Further/Higher Education and employment
  • Consider a range of options and make realistic choices
  • Actively participate in workshops/programmes hosted by Young Enterprise
  • Learn from professional speakers from industry and employment
  • Attend Open Days and Careers conventions/fairs
  • Attend any organised talks relating to their areas of interest
  • Engage in a period of meaningful work experience
  • Attend mock interviews
  • Choose the pathway in which they are most likely to experience success

Links with Employers and the Business Community

The Careers and Employability programmes are greatly enriched by the involvement of employers and the business community. We have developed very effective links and we listen carefully to what the employability needs of local employers are. We use this information to help inform our curriculum.


Careers Adviser (DEL)

Yvonne Leslie is our Careers Adviser.

She works for the Department of Employment and Learning and is based in Ballymoney Jobs & Office.

She comes into school about once a week.

Yvonne invites every Year 12 pupil for a Careers Guidance interview.

This one-to-one meeting helps our pupils with their career planning by looking at;

  • their interests
  • how they are getting on at school
  • their likes and dislikes
  • family influences
  • barriers to certain careers
  • career ideas they already have

Yvonne also carries out some classwork activities with Year 10s.

Pupils in other year groups can see Yvonne by contacting Miss Duffin, Head of Careers.


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