DESC Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Service

The Department's Careers Adviser (Employer Link) is Helen Hillier. If you, as an employer, business or organisation would like to know more about working with schools and UCM to help students understand how their learning links to the world of work, please get in touch


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By working in partnership with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture and their schools, businesses can provide valuable input that complements school delivery of aspects of the curriculum related to Careers exploration and the development of Employability skills. Every interaction between employer volunteers and the children and young people in our schools helps shape the future of our Island.

"The more young people encounter employers whilst in school (4 or more often being cited), the more they earn and the lower their chances of becoming NEET as young adults" Education and Employers Research 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017


The Careers Framework is a guidance document that has helped schools plan, deliver and review careers programmes to meet the range of needs of learners at different ages and stages of development. Island schools also have a focus on the development of broad transferable learning/employability skills from when children start school and these skills are used to provide structure to employer engagement.

The Isle of Man Department of Education Sport and Culture is part of the Edge Foundation Island Education Network . The Edge Foundation has recently published Building Your Talent Pipeline - a guide to employer engagement in education

The different ways that employers can become involved in the work of schools and UCM around employability currently are below:

Supporting the work of Careers Advisers in schools and UCM

minimum time commitment - 2 hours per year

There is a team of Careers Advisers who work across DESC schools and UCM to provide Independent Careers Advice and Guidance. One of these Careers Advisers, Helen Hillier, is the dedicated employer contact for DESC, its schools and UCM. Employers have supported the work of our Careers Team in the past by inspiring young people through sharing their own stories and experiences of different jobs. Employers can bring the world of work to life for children and young people and are an invaluable resource in education and learning. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can work with education in this way you can contact our Careers Team through Helen Hillier via email

Work Experience and Work Placement Opportunities

minimum time commitment - 2 or 3 full days per year

We are currently considering how targeted work experience and work placements can be supportive of our young peoples' understanding the world of work. We have a number of models that we can discuss with employers so please get in touch with our Careers Adviser (Work Experience), Helen Hillier, via email if you wish to discuss options further. We're happy to shape this around what you are able to offer as an employer.

Annual Isle of Man Employment and Skills Event

minimum time commitment - 1 day per year

Employment and Skills 2022 this year is on 10th November 2022 from 9-00am to 5-00pm at the Villa Marina, Douglas, with set up the afternoon before.

This annual Island careers exploration event open to students in all Secondary schools and University College Isle of Man who are at key points in their lives in terms of decision making about options and potential future careers. Members of the public interested in career changes are also able to attend during the day.

During the event the young people attending explore job roles and the idea of career through the lens of the Employability skills language adopted across careers and employability education in DESC schools – Teamwork, Problem Solving, Communication, the Ability to Learn, Resilience and Self-awareness.


Inspiring the Future

minimum time commitment - 2 hours per year

Inspiring the Future is a website that is supported by the Education and Employers group across the country which puts together employers and schools to support work on employability and careers with children and young people.


Volunteers come from many walks of life and from a variety of backgrounds. Volunteers from small, medium sized and multi-national companies have already signed up and since the Covid 19 pandemic many of these sessions to engage with young people can be arranged to take place virtually using technology across the country.

An example of how Education and Employers Drawing the Future operates in Island Primary schools can be found here

Please follow the step by step guide to registration as a school, as an employer or an independent volunteer.


Junior Achievement

minimum time commitment - please contact Junior Achievement for further information

Junior Achievement is a charity organisation that works across both Primary and Secondary schools on the Island. They offer a range of finance and entrepreneurship education programmes and employers who volunteer to deliver these programmes undergo training in presenting to children and young people and are then supported through initial delivery by more experienced JA volunteers and staff.

The Junior Achievement website has contact details for anyone wishing to become a Junior Achievement Volunteer.

Stand alone employer events

Sometimes businesses or employer groups work with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture and their schools to develop a stand alone employer event with a particular focus. For an initial discussion around planning this type of event please contact the DESC Careers Team via to discuss how the event could support wider Careers Education planning and delivery. For example, working in partnership with employers has enabled the planning of successful STEMfest events for Primary aged children.

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