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Careers

 

Teaching Staff

Mr J McMahon (Head of Careers)

Ms J Henderson (Teacher in charge of Work Experience)

Mrs J Reid (SLT link)

Mrs L Aitcheson

Miss L Gibson

Mrs B Lavery

Ms K McCrory


Introduction

The Careers Department at Antrim Grammar School believes it has a central role to play in the individual educational pathway of each student, helping them to achieve their full potential. Moreover, it has an important role in equipping learners to be part of a future workplace that can sustain and build economic growth and prosperity. Therefore we invest significant time in supporting our pupils with all aspects of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. (CEIAG)

Teaching and learning aims

It is our vision that the CEIAG programme within Antrim Grammar will:

  • build a commitment to career exploration and lifelong learning;
  • develop self-awareness and motivate learners to make informed, appropriate and realistic decisions about their education, training and employment options;
  • be accessible to all, meeting the needs of individual students.

CEIAG Content

Preparing our young people to enter a challenging economic landscape is met both inside and outside the classroom. Whilst timetabled Employability and Careers Lessons are present in all key stages, students engage in a wide variety of stimulating activities including workshops, trips, talks, courses, conventions and work-related learning across the curriculum to demonstrate the breadth of opportunities available.

Underpinning all of our work within the Careers Department is a focus on Personalised Career Planning, enabling students to make the right choices for their future. To this end, there is, in addition to Careers Education, individual guidance meetings at key transition points. The school also provides one-on-one impartial Careers Interviews for all Year 12 students by a DEL Careers Advisor.

 

AGS CEIAG OVERVIEW

Years 8+9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Year 14

Careers/Employability timetabled lessons

Personal Career Planning

 

Access to Labour Market Information (NI)

 

 

Presentations, Visits, Visits-in and 'Taste and See' events

Research activities

 

 

Access to a range of printed and online careers information and resources

 

 

Pupil/Parent guidance interview with AGS staff on subject options

 

 

   

One-to-one guidance interview with NI Careers Service Adviser

     

   

Attendance at Careers Conventions

 

 

 

Up-to-date recruitment information from local businesses and universities

 

 

 

Programme of University/College presentations

 

 

 

 

Assistance with applications for College/Training/Employment

     

Preparation of Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

 

 

Work Experience Placement

       

 

Interview Skills and Mock "Assessment Centre" activity

         

Visits to University Departments, Conferences, Lectures, Symposia

       

Local University/College Open Days

         

Support with Summer School applications

       

 

Information Evenings

 

 

Identification of potential candidates for competitive courses (Oxbridge, Medicine, etc.)

 

 

 

Oxbridge Trip

     

 

Support with UCAS applications, UCAS extra, UCAS clearing

         

Support with CAO applications, European and International University applications

         

Academic interview preparation

         

Support with finance, bursaries and scholarships