This page provides information on the strategic framework that is in place to ensure young people have access to good quality careers education and guidance.

Careers advice and guidance

The availability of good careers education information advice and guidance is critical to successful progression pathways. Young people can make a poor choice about courses of study due to a lack of advice on their choice of subject and where it will lead and if it is required for entry to certain courses and institutions.

Given the myriad of choices open to young people from key stage 4, with the flexibility that the Entitlement Framework offers, access to high quality careers education information advice and guidance from school, DEL’s careers advisors, employers and others is more important than ever.

Careers service

Every school has a partnership agreement in place with the careers service, which provides impartial advice and guidance, and parents are encouraged to ensure that their child makes full use of this service, available free from professionally qualified careers advisors, particularly in year 10 and year 12.

You may also avail of their services outside school. Good careers advice will help to reduce drop-outs from further and higher education courses and training. Along with this, learning for life and work guidance sets out the statutory obligations of schools through the curriculum and what pupils can expect from schools in delivering the necessary skills and personal qualities, knowledge, understanding and attitudes to help pupils prepare for the world of work

Our economy demands a flexible and skilled workforce to respond to the areas of growth and opportunity, both now and in the future.  The entitlement framework will provide the opportunities for pupils to access a range of courses with clear progression pathways that engage and interest them and that properly prepare them for life and work in the 21st century.

Careers strategy "preparing for success"

Preparing for success, a joint all-age careers education, information, advice and guidance strategy (CEIAG) delivered by the Department of Education and the Department for Employment and Learning, aims to develop more effective career decision-makers, leading to increased and appropriate participation in education, training and employment.

The DE/DEL CEIAG implementation report - preparing for success was launched at Greenmount Agricultural College 1 June 2011 by both Minister for Education and Minister for Employment and Learning.

Careers guidance

Review of careers strategy

In April 2014 Minister for Education John O’Dowd and Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry established an independent panel to conduct a review of the shared careers strategy. The final report was presented by Brian Ambrose (the chair of the panel) on 28 October 2014. DE and DEL have agreed a joint action plan to implement a number of the report's recommendations.

 

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