Careers Convention 2005

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9205.jpgWallace High School Year 12 and Lower Sixth pupils joined over 1600 students from across the city to attend the annual Lisburn Business Education Partnership’s Annual Careers Convention, held in the Lagan Valley Leisureplex on Wednesday 2 February.

This year’s event was the largest to date with over 80 exhibitors providing information and advice on courses in Further and Higher Education, Sixth Form provision in local schools, training organisations and local, regional and national employment.

The Wallace pupils were able to access up to date and relevant information helping them to make important decisions at key transitional stages in their education.

Dr James Napier, Co ordinator of the Convention and Head of Careers in The Wallace High School, commented, “The annual convention, which aims to complement the Careers Education lessons offered by schools and colleges in the area, is the flagship event in the Lisburn Business Education Partnership Calendar.”

Lower Sixth pupil Amy McComish from The Wallace High School commented,
” Having just completed my work experience in The Royal Victoria Hospital I am very keen to study medicine next year. I was delighted to be able to talk to Admissions’ Officers from a range of universities at the Careers’ Convention – they offered very useful advice and I learnt a great deal.”

Year 12 pupil Richard Hunter added, “Chatting to various people at the Convention really helped me consider my choices for As Levels next year.”

The Wallace High School itself hosted a very busy stand at the event, with staff and pupils on hand to talk to fifth years from other schools in the city about post GCSE studies at the Clonevin Park school.

The Convention was attended by the Deputy Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Bill Gardiner -Watson, who said, ” This was an important event in the lives of the young people of our city as it provided them with details of a comprehensive range of opportunities in a very accessible environment. I was especially pleased to note the very positive contribution made by a range of Lisburn City Educational Institutions, organisations and employers and on behalf of the City Council I would like to express my thanks to the Business Education Partnership and commend them on their excellent work in organising this sucessful event.”

Dr Napier concluded, “The event also provided an excellent opportunity for staff involved in education , training and employment to meet and further develop links between the different sectors. I’d like to express my thanks to the many individuals and organisations who provided support. The continuing success of this Careers’ fair highlights the benefits and potential of business and education working together.”

Last modified: February 12, 2005