Careers education information advice and guidance should enable pupils to become effective career decision-makers, leading to increased participation in education, training and employment.
These aims accord with the school aims:
(i) “to foster the Love of God and neighbour in the pupils in an atmosphere of courtesy”
(ii) “to prepare them to take their place as Christian citizens in the community”
Mr P. Corrigan has responsibility for careers and reports regularly to SLT on changes in the career field. The school is a member of NISCA (Northern Ireland Schools & Colleges Careers Association) and Dungannon & Cookstown Business Education Partnership. Mr Corrigan attends courses organised by them and other relevant bodies.
Partnership with the Careers Services
Mrs Nuala Madden from DEL (Department for Employment & Learning) Careers Service visits the school every week. Years 12, 13 & 14 students may have an interview if they request it. Mrs Madden also attends the Year 10 Parent Teacher meeting prior to pupils choosing their options for GCSE courses. Mr Corrigan also collaborates closely with the CASS Careers Support officers.
The school has well established links with University Admission tutors, chaplains and welfare services. Pupils attend all the main Open Days and Information Days at Universities and colleges. The year 13 students participate in a Work Experience Programme. A representative from Student Finance gives an annual in-school presentation to Year 14 students.
Employability is a key component of LLW (Learning for Life & Work), a subject studied by all pupils and culminating in modular GCSE examinations at Key Stage 4. In Year 10 pupils receive guidance on option choices as part of their Employability programme. There is a weekly careers class in Year 12 which will explore career paths and post-16 option subject choices. In August of each year the Careers teacher and the Careers Adviser from DEL are in school after results are published to assist and advise the students.