NISCA – the Northern Ireland Schools & Colleges Careers Association – is an association which works to enhance the quality of Careers provision in schools and Regional Colleges and to create a desire for life-long learning. NISCA is a registered charity (charity number : NIC107497)

The Role of NISCA :

On behalf of its members, NISCA will aim to:

  • Raise the profile of careers practitioners in schools and colleges.
  • Provide a networking facility for careers practitioners.
  • Make representation on policy structure and resources to all relevant statutory bodies and other organisations in relation to the provision, delivery and evaluation of CEIAG.
  • Work in partnership with key organisations involved in CEIAG.
  • Facilitate Continuous Professional Development opportunities in consultation with its members.
  • Promote dialogue with employers and employers’ organisations.
  • Maintain links, exchange views and ideas and disseminate best practice among careers practitioners within Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.

NISCA membership is primarily composed of practising careers professionals, including teachers and careers advisors representing Schools and FE Colleges. Membership is spread across institutions throughout Northern Ireland.

In addition to conferences, NISCA maintains two websites for Careers and Guidance professionals – nisca.org.uk and investigatecareers.com

Our Committee Members

The NISCA committee membership reflects the range of post-primary provision across NI. Any NISCA member is welcome to seek election to the committee.

Committee Member: Basil Bayne, Industry Expert

Committee Member: Patrick English, Head of Careers at Malone College

Committee Member: Sean Carlin, Former Head of Careers and Specialist Advisor

Committee Member: Rosie Cooper, Head of Careers at Larne Grammar

Chair: Arlene Proctor, Former Head of Careers, now VP of Cambridge House Grammar

Chair: Jean Stirrup, Former Careers and Employability Service Manager at Belfast Metropolitan College

Committee Member: Julie Richardson, Head of Careers at Ballyclare High School

Chair of Conference Committee: Eddie Collins

Conference Organiser: Pat Jamison

Secretary: Brenda Deery, Head of Careers at St Mary’s High School, Limavady

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