Head of Department

Miss K McNeilly

Subject Teachers

Each year we select subject specific teachers from a range of different subjects.


We want to ensure that all young people develop the personal qualities, skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes which will give them a strong foundation for lifelong learning and work in a rapidly changing economic environment. We aim to empower pupils to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible choices. Employability is focused around three strands:

  • Work in the Local and Global Economy
    Exploring work in the Local and Global Economy allows young people opportunities to investigate the impact of the global market on Northern Ireland and to reflect on the implications for their personal career planning.
  • Career Management
    Exploring Career Management provides opportunities for young people to investigate the changing concept of career which is moving away from the likelihood of a job for life to the expectation that individuals will experience several career changes and this will involve lifelong learning, updating knowledge.
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
    Exploring Enterprise and Entrepreneurship provides opportunities for young people to investigate the need for creativity and enterprise, whether as an employer or employee, and to identify and practise some of the skills and develop the attributes associated with being enterprising.

Key Stage 3

Employability operates at Key Stage 3 in a rotation with Citizenship and Personal Development. This offers two periods a week for 12 weeks, for each Learning For Life and Work strands.

Learning Themes

Year 8: 

  • Job Alphabet
  • What Is My Job?
  • Skills and Qualities
  • My Skills and Qualities
  • Skills For Work
  • Team Work
  • Enterprise
  • How Did You Get Where You Are Today?
  • Progress Files

Year 9:

  • Skills and qualities
  • A Career For Life?
  • Different Learning Styles
  • What Are Migrant workers?
  • Trends In Migrant Working
  • Working In The EU
  • The Importance Of Qualifications
  • Job Sectors
  • Enterprise
  • Young Enterprise Workshop
  • Environmental Issues And Employment
  • Progress Files


  • Digital media
  • Young Enterprise

Year 10:

  • Recognising personal Skills and Qualities
  • Team Work
  • Who Needs Qualifications
  • What Do I Like?
  • What Am I Good At
  • Learning Styles
  • Career Advice Resources
  • What Motivates?
  • Health And Safety In The Work Place
  • Employment Trends
  • GCSE Subject Choice
  • CareerResearch
  • Progress Files


  • Learn To Earn Young Enterprise
  • Army Career Talk
  • Labour Market Trends/Employability workshop

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, pupils should be enabled to

  • explore self employment and identify relevant sources of support
  • examine the impact of globalisation on employment
  • investigate the recruitment and retention procedures taking into account the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers
  • consider how employees and employers might maintain an effective working environment
  • investigate the increasing social responsibility of business in the community
  • develop a personal career plan based on relevant information and guidance