From Year 10, a module of Careers Education is available.
Year 12 students go on a week long work placement in October. Students are encouraged to select their own placements in a career area which is of interest to them. We at ICD see work experience as an important tool in preparing students for the world of work, increasing their economic understanding and extending their personal and social skills. It can also be invaluable in helping them decide upon their own career route. Work experience is a scheme which enables our students, whilst still in full time education, to actually do a job under conditions which are as realistic as possible, or attach themselves, as serious observers, to adults doing a job.
We have had a number of visiting speakers to the college:
Organised through the BEP (Business Education Partnership), students have had tours of local industries including Tyrone Crystal, Wilsanco Plastics, Powerscreen and Moy Park.
A range of programmes are available including:
Mary Jo McWilliams is a Careers Adviser employed by Careers Service Northern Ireland. She visits the college one day per week throughout the year and works in partnership with the Careers Teacher to help young people make realistic, informed decisions about their future. At the beginning of Year 12 each student is asked to complete a ‘Getting Connected’ questionnaire. This determines the amount of support the student needs to make decisions about available learning and work options. The students are contacted again throughout Year 12 to participate in group work or for an individual interview.
Students in Year 13 and 14 are seen by Mary Jo on a referral basis. There is also support available for students who are choosing their GCSEs in Year 10.