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Inquiry into Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in Northern Ireland - Call for Evidence

The Committee for Employment and Learning is undertaking an inquiry into Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in Northern Ireland. 

The purpose of the Inquiry is to identify areas where the CEIAG strategy for Northern Ireland is failing to meet the needs of target groups such as school age pupils, young people, the unemployed and those living in rural and urban areas. 

Due to the restricted amount of time available to the Committee in which to carry out the Inquiry, the analysis of CEIAG will be restricted to inconsistencies in CEIAG in primary and post primary schools and regional colleges, models of best practice in terms of CEIAG delivery and the effectiveness of linkages between delivery agents, the Careers Service and employers.

The Committee will critically examine CEIAG in Northern Ireland including consideration of the current policies, programmes and opportunities available in Northern Ireland for those who want to access CEIAG.  In addition, the Inquiry will identify barriers faced by those wishing to access the service and those who deliver the service.

The Committee will make recommendations, where appropriate, on how policies, procedures and practises can be improved in order to maximise opportunities to support CEIAG for the benefit of the Northern Ireland economy and its citizens.

At its meeting on 4 July 2012, the Committee finalised the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry and agreed that I write to you requesting that you provide a written submission to the Inquiry.  The Terms of Reference are as follows:

The Committee will:

1. Investigate and identify any inconsistencies/issues in the delivery of CEIAG, including:

2. Provision of CEIAG delivery in primary and post primary schools, further education and higher education– may include consideration of the role of CEIAG in the Curriculum, delivery of CEIAG resources available to deliver CEIAG via the education system and methods which may improve delivery;

3. Similarities and differences in Northern Ireland Careers Service provision between Urban and Rural areas, such as availability of Careers Advisers and accessibility to CEIAG services; and

4. The impact of the budget cuts on the delivery of CEIAG across Northern Ireland.

5. Assess the process of professionalisation of those who deliver CEIAG, particularly in post primary schools & colleges including what training is available and how accessible it is; and

6. Report to the Assembly with full findings, conclusions and recommendations on how policies, procedures and practices can be improved in order to maximise the delivery of CEIAG to stakeholders to the benefit of Individuals, the Region and the Economy of Northern Ireland.

Further details on the inquiry can be found at

Your organisation is invited to provide a written submission to the Committee for Employment and Learning by e-mail to or by post to the Committee Clerk, Room 416, Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Stormont, Belfast, BT4 3XX.

The written submission must be structured to address the specific terms of reference of the Inquiry and must also contain an Executive Summary. Further guidance on submitting written evidence to Assembly Committees is attached.

The closing date for written submissions is 24 August 2012.

If you require any further information please contact the Committee Clerk, Cathie White, on 028 9052 1448.

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