Careers Education

The Careers Department at Banbridge High School believes that all students should be encouraged to achieve to the very best of their ability and be equipped to move into adult life ready and able to play their full part in their community, in society and to be contributors to the local economy.

Work Experience Report Website

In implementing the whole school careers programmes students have more opportunity to learn not just facts but the core skills that employers tell us are important – skills such as team-working and decision-making. To complement the breadth of subject pathways in the Entitlement Framework the Careers Department strives to ensure that our young people have access to the highest quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.  Young people are supported to become effective career decision-makers, making the choices that will lead them on to further or higher education, training and ultimately employment.

The recent DEL document ‘Preparing for Success’ set out the strategy for effective CEIAG in Northern Ireland, and this document forms the basis of all aspects of CEIAG  within Banbridge High School.

The CEIAG Learning Offer

There are 5 areas for development and delivery in CEIAG in Banbridge High School.

Banbridge High School Careers

Banbridge High School Careers

Careers Education

At Banbridge High School we are privileged to be able to deliver discrete Careers and Employability classes throughout the school from Year 8 to Year 14.  Each class has 50 minutes per week timetabled, where appropriate learning experiences are provided to enable students to access appropriate information and skill development activities relating to all aspects of lifelong learning.

Key Stage 3

This element of the CEIAG programme encompasses the Learning for Life and Work Employability strand and teaching covers:

  • Introduction to Employability
  • Working in the Local and Global Community
  • Employability
  • Career planning
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Option Choices for KS4

In Key Stage 3 there are also connections made with other subjects where cross curricular themes are explored collaboratively to highlight the skills gained in all areas of the school’s academic provision.

Key Stage 4

The Careers Programme at KS4 progresses to meet the growing needs of pupils as they approach a key transition within their education.  Classroom teaching covers:

  • Introduction to Employability
  • Working in the Local and Global Community
  • Employability
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Career planning
  • Option Choices for post 16 including AS/A2, Apprenticeship, FE options and employment.

Post 16

The programme at this stage is one of support, whereby students take ownership of their learning and they become actively involved in making career decisions for lifelong learning and entering the world of work. Classroom teaching covers:

  • Personal Career Planning
  • Identifying and developing skills
  • Action Planning
  • careers research
  • matching Skill Profiles to jobs
  • Further & Higher Education
  • Routes to Entry
  • Option Choices for A-Level and further study
    • CVs, Application Forms
    • Interview Skills

Careers Information

Students have access to up-to date careers information through the resources in the Careers Room, which is open at lunch and break everyday for students to use outside of their timetabled careers lessons.  The room is equipped with ICT facilities for students to access web based careers guidance and research tools including JED (Job Explorer Database), NI Direct (DEL Careers Service), UCAS and Prospects. There are prospectuses, periodicals and books for reference and research, enabling students to make informed decisions.  Ms Haines (Careers Teacher and Advisor) is also available to give support and guidance as needed or requested.

Throughout the school Academic Departments have created displays to highlight career skills and options from their subjects, and the Library has a Careers Section for pupils to access.

Throughout the school year students have the opportunity to speak to local professionals and business people from across many disciplines, and also have presentations by local colleges and universities to enhance their knowledge base of the opportunities available to them. There are annual visits to Queen’s University, University of Ulster and CAFRE (Greenmount).

Careers Advice & Guidance

Key transitions in Years 10, 12 and 14 are supported by the input of DEL Careers Service NI.  Their trained staff provide:

  • Group sessions for making GCSE choices, with the offer of an individual interview
  • Individual guidance for all Year 12 students
  • Group sessions for Yr13/14, with the offer of an individual interview

Work Related Learning

The Careers Department at Banbridge High School believes that Work Experience and other work related learning is an essential career planning tool for young people.  The opportunity to engage in a one week Work Experience Placement is compulsory for all students in Years 12 and 13.  Ms Haines coordinates the programmes, and ensures that insurance and Health & Safety guidelines are adhered to.

During timetabled classes students are actively involved in identifying a placement and are guided through applying in writing to their choice/s by sending a letter of application and a CV. This provides pupils with practice in applying for a real job, and prepares them for life beyond school.

Parents are encouraged to become involved and are kept informed in writing about the learning intentions for Work Experience and are asked to support their child in this superb opportunity to make a positive contribution to the local working community.

Work related learning also takes place through Occupational Studies and Prince’s Trust activities.

Development of Employability Skills

At Banbridge High School employability skills are developed across the whole of the curriculum and are highlighted effectively through teaching and learning activities.  To complement this students participate in workshops tailored to their needs.