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Department Aims

Education for Employability aims to ensure that all young people develop the personal qualities, skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes that will give them a strong foundation for lifelong learning and work. These skills are equally important for all young people, whether they want to go straight into the world of work or to university.

Education for Employability has a key role to play in preparing young people for the world of work. It is a statutory requirement within the curriculum.

At Key Stage 3, the Education for Employability strand focuses on three key concepts:

  • Work in the Local and Global Economy;

  • Career Management; and

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

At Key Stage 4 Employability forms a strand of the CCEA Level 2 Certificate in Preparation for Adult Life (GCSE Equivalent). This qualification comprises 13 units based on Employability, Citizenship and Personal Development. The full qualification is 100% Coursework based and achieved via continuous work throughout two years of course

All pupils benefit from training from outside agencies that serves to enhance the Employability skills gained through curriculum teaching.


Young Enterprise Northern Ireland offer the following training;

  • Year 8 – Your School, Your Business

  • Year 9 – Explore enterprise

  • Year 10 – Project Business 

  • Year 11 – Learn to Earn 

  • Year 12 – Success Skills 

  • Year 13 – Personal Economics


We also have close links with Sentinus, local business partners and Strabane Enterprise Agency. We aim to give each student the opportunity to focus on all the key issues that will impact on their personal career plan, and ultimately make them effective and fulfilled employees.

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