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Our Lady of Lourdes School, Ballymoney


Careers Education, Information & Guidance

Careers Education, Information & Guidance extends throughout the school and its primary aim is to assist students to know themselves better, to be aware of education, training and career opportunities and to make the transition from school to working life. Careers Education is embedded in the teaching of every subject.

  • Careers Education at Key Stage 4
  • Education for Employability In Years 8-10

At Key Stages 3 students:

  • Examine their own skills and qualities
  • Consider local and global employment opportunities
  • Learn about the changing world of work
  • Investigate aspects of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Participate in a number of events which empower them to make informed and positive career choices
  • ‘Learn by Doing’ by forging partnerships with Young Enterprise, our Employers in the local Community and the SENTINUS programme(s)


All students:

  • Experience dedicated Careers Education classes
  • Engage in an extensive work experience programme in a range of institutions linked to the potential career pathway of each student
  • Receive additional support from personnel in the Northern Ireland Careers Service
  • Avail of the opportunities to attend annual Open Days with a range of  Training Providers and FE Colleges
  • Will have the opportunity to participate in Mock Interviews directly related to their preferred pathway which is supported by local Business Partners and working professionals
  • Engaging in a Careers Convention with ambassadors from the world of work.

Through our Personal Career Planning we:

  • Encourage traditional and non-traditional pathways based on up-to-date labour market information
  • Offer one-to-one individual guidance at all stages of transition
  • Offer an extensive Work Experience Programme
  • Prepare students for  Further Education, Higher Education and Employment
  • Have strong and ever increasing links with business and industry
  • Offer opportunities to explore Career Development Pathways
  • Offer opportunities to reflect on individual strengths, personal qualities, aspirations and aptitudes
  • Organise a series of workshops led by visiting speakers from diverse employment sectors
  • Offer programmes to develop Self Presentation and Interview Skills.

Visit the school Careers Facebook Page for up to date Careers Info





All Year 11 pupils will have an opportunity for a week of Work Experience in March 2017.  Details will be provided by Miss S Coyles, Head of Vocational Advice and Guidance.  All pupils must be in line with the rules of the school, including in terms of their personal appearance, for Work Experience.



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