With the introduction of the Entitlement Framework, it has become apparent that our young people will have to develop their decision-making skills in a careers context earlier in their academic lives. The rationale behind the Aquinas Careers Insight Day was to expose our pupils to a range of employment opportunities and give them the chance to discuss their choices with employers in advance of making decisions about GCSE and Post 16 study. All of our Year 10 and 12 pupils participated in the event and 21 employers delivered a series of interactive workshops. These workshops were designed to provide information on the skills, qualities, progression routes and entrance requirements relevant for particular employment sectors.

Among the organisations which contribut

ed to the day were: Bombardier Aerospace, CAFRE Food Technology, CAFRE Horticulture and Agriculture, Bronagh Griffin of Nineteenthirty Fashion and Textiles, Department of Employment and Learning, The Institute of Civil Engineers , Kainos, Languages and politics, Music technology/sonic arts (QUB), N.I Fire and Rescue Service, NIBEC (The Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre), Northern Ireland Screen, Nursing and Midwifery (QUB) , Physiotherapy (UUJ) , Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sangers, The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at QUB, and Warner Chilcott.

We would like to extend our thanks to our local employers for the time and effort they invested in making this event such a great success.