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STEM Careers Fair

 

Eimear Magoran of Hovis/Ormo with St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School (CBGS) pupils Conor and Tiarnan McKenna

Eimear Magoran of Hovis/Ormo with St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School (CBGS) pupils Conor and Tiarnan McKenna

 

Parents and pupils from seven post-primary schools throughout West Belfast opened their eyes to a world of opportunities at a specialised jobs convention at St Mary’s University College on Thursday, 9 October.

The West Belfast Area Learning Community (WBALC) hosted over forty exhibitors at a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers fair which highlighted the diverse range of career paths that are available through the STEM subjects.

“It can sometimes be difficult for pupils to make the link between what they study in the classroom and what opportunities there are in the world of work,” said Owen Murray, Head of Careers at St Dominic's High School.

“There is an enormous variety of exciting career paths open to people with STEM-based skills. Young people with STEM qualifications are in demand in the job market and have good long-term career prospects.

“The Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel has identified areas for potential medium- to long-term growth in the Northern Ireland economy. Areas—such as Life and Health Sciences, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Agri-food, Advanced Engineering and Advanced Materials—by their nature need a STEM-literate workforce.”

 

Belfast Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon and Owen Murray, Head of Careers at St Dominic's High School with St Dominic’s pupil Catlin McCusker

Ruaidhri Murray of Gilbert Ash with Christian Brothers’ School (CBS) pupil Sean Gibson

Patricia Crossey and Grainne Williamson, First Trust,
Andersonstown with Nicola and Niall Begley from
St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School

Jonathan Cole, Queen’s University Belfast Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering Department, with Declan
and Clare Gough

Heather and Molly Kennedy of St Dominic’s High School
with Elaine Kennedy of College of Agriculture,
Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)

 

Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon officially opened the event. “I congratulate the West Belfast Area Learning Community on hosting this valuable event. It is great to see so many young people being inspired and energised about their future careers,” said the Lord Mayor.

“There are vast and varied career opportunities open to people with STEM qualifications with jobs to suit all personalities and skill levels. It is also great to see so many parents at the event. It is important that parents are aware of the opportunities that exist, so they can support their child’s decision making when it comes to choosing subjects for GCSE.”

The following schools were in attendance:

Coláiste Feirste
Corpus Christi College
St Louise’s Comprehensive College
St Rose’s Dominican College
Christian Brothers School
St Dominic’s Grammar School
St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School


The following employers and organisations had stands at the fair:

All State NI
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
Belfast City Council
BBC
Bombardier
CME Group
Deloitte
First Trust Bank
Forensic Services – PSNI
Gilbert Ash
Hovis/Ormo
Kainos
Montupet
NI Fire Service
Pathology Lbs
Premier Foods
RSPB
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Shrader Electronics
Tesco
Wholeschool
Bring IT On
College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise
Cinemagic
Digital Circle
Chartered Accountants
Marie-Claire Ferguson Bespoke