Get them to chat about the jobs they see other people doing. This could be someone they know or admire. It could be people they pass on the street, see on television or in magazines. You could also discuss types of jobs that might be relevant to their interests, skills or aspirations.
Listen to your child and help explore their options
The most valuable things parents can do to help their child with career planning are
Listen, don’t judge
Be open to ideas and encourage them to explore all their options
You will be helping them to develop the decision-making skills important in adult life. They will need to weigh up the pros and cons of various options, make a decision based on the information available – then put their plan into action.
There are opportunities across all occupations in Northern Ireland but there are more opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). ICT (particularly software development skills, database development, systems architecture and internet specialist skills) is extremely important to the Northern Ireland economy with significant growth and subsequent job opportunities forecast.
Maths grade B may be a prerequisite for some course/ employment options.
English Language is required.
ICT maybe required but not essential.
Achieving GCSEs or equivalent, the next step, choosing Level 3 Routes -
A Levels – any subjects but Maths is a preferred subject.
BTEC Diploma (1.5 A Levels) in a range of subjects including: Broad based IT, Games Development, Creative Media Production, Software Development. Networking and IT Infrastructure.
BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A Levels) subjects as above
OCR Level 2 diploma in IT.
Post ‘A’ Levels and other Level 3 Qualifications
Full Time Degree in IT related subject.
Part Time Degree Course in IT Related subject.
Foundation Degree/HND in IT related subject
Level 3 Apprenticeship
Higher Level Apprenticeship in an IT subject
Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLAS) offer on-the-job training and off-the-job learning at higher levels, including Foundation Degrees (Level 4-5), Honours Degrees (Level 6), and post-graduate awards (Level 7-8).
An apprenticeship can give your child the training and qualifications they need to help them get ahead in their chosen career. Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships and the qualifications for each are set out in what is known as a framework. There are currently three levels to choose from. Terms and conditions apply if your child is 25 years and over.
Benefits to Apprentices
By taking part in a Higher Level Apprenticeship, your child can gain the skills that employers need and that are relevant to the local economy, therefore improving their prospects of good earnings and sustained employment.
Other benefits include:
learning while they earn
gaining a recognised qualification
receiving off-the-job training specific to their apprenticeship
working alongside experienced staff
Employer sponsored Degrees and Employment Programmes.
Graduate employment from IT and non IT related Degrees.
Master’s conversion course in IT subject.
Master’s Degree in an IT related subject.
IT related Assured Skills Academy
What is the Assured Skills Programme?
The Assured Skills programme is a joint programme between the Department for the Economy (DfE) Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland. It has been in existence since 2010/11 and since then, has promoted a total of 5,371 jobs. Once all jobs have been realised it will create an additional £141m into the Northern Ireland economy.
The Assured Skills programme seeks to assure potential investors, and existing employers considering expansion, that the skills they need to support a growing business can be found in Northern Ireland. It does this by employing all of DfE’s responsibilities for the higher and further education sectors and the Department’s skills and training programmes.
The Assured Skills Academy Model
Under the Assured Skills “Academy Model”, where a company or a consortium of companies have an identified skills need, DfE will consider developing a bespoke short-term training intervention to meet that need.
This typically involves an eight to ten week bespoke pre-employment training programme delivered by a local college or university. The intervention is designed to lower the recruitment risk for companies by providing candidates trained with the exact skills for the opportunities that are available.
The Academy Model is flexible and versatile, and has been used to help companies recruit new staff in areas such as:
• data analytics
• software development
• software engineering
• software testing
• cyber security
• 2D animation
• game development
A Great Choice
The Academies have an 90 per cent success rate of participants progressing into full time employment.
Previous participants continue to recommend Assured Skills Academies as great opportunities to develop skills and start new careers
If you are unemployed, under-employed, a school leaver, a graduate or have experience and would like to change direction in your career, then the innovative Academy Model may be what you are looking for. The Academy Model will support you into employment by providing the skills that expanding companies want.
The vast majority of Academy programmes have been aimed at providing graduate level opportunities for unemployed graduates.
Your existing qualifications are important but, whatever your vocational area, the companies the Department work with want employees with the drive and determination to succeed, and a positive attitude to take on new challenges.
Where to find the Academies
Current academies are advertised in local newspapers and online resources including jobcentreonline, nidirect, nijobs, recruitni and social media.
For more information see the video below or click the link the Department of Economy Assured Skills: