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Taking care of business: Local Entrepreneurs give students real-world insights

 Clara NS Presentation Errigal ContractsDamien Treanor, Errigal Contracts & Mairéad Mohan, JAI with students from St. Patrick's N.S. Clara

Supported by the Fund for County Monaghan, six businesses throughout Monaghan took part in a Junior Achievement enterprise project aimed at giving young people an insight into the world of work and to inspire them to work hard in school to achieve their full potential and future career aspirations.

As Mairéad Mohan, Programme Coordinator, Junior Achievement Ireland explains: “there is an abundance of research to support the need for the delivery of enterprise programmes in our school system. A recent report by the European Commission concluded that participants who have engaged in early-stage entrepreneurship education, have an easier time securing a job than their peers; have higher salaries and are more motivated in their careers than their peers; are 4-5 times more likely to start their own business; show more self-confidence; make better education choices; and have higher rates of employability."

We have received really encouraging feedback from principals, teachers, students and parents and are extremely grateful to the Fund for County Monaghan for sponsoring this initiative and also to the companies and business volunteers who delivered this programme in ten schools throughout the county, to Damien Treanor, Martina Corrigan and Mark Landers from Errigal Contracts who delivered the programme in St. Dympna’s N.S., Tydavnet and St. Patrick’s N.S., Clara; to Padraig Mc Guigan, Mc Guigan Builders who delivered the programme in St. Mary’s N.S., Clontibret; to Christopher Campbell from Mc Aree Engineering who delivered the programme in St. Joseph’s N.S., Knockatallon; to Michéal Mc Ardle and Darren Crawley from Mc Ardle-Skeath Transport who delivered the programme in St. Daig’s N.S. and in Scoil Cholmcille, Blackstaff; and to Charlotte O’Connell and Margaret Mc Loone from Monaghan Mushrooms who delivered the programme to Latton N.S., Naomh Oliver Plunkett N.S., Rockcorry N.S. and Scoil Mhuire, Rockcorry.

Teresa O’Hanlon, Vice-Principal, St. Patrick’s National School, Clara was delighted to welcome Damien Treanor, Errigal Contracts in to her class and expressed her sincerest gratitude to Damien, and to the Fund for County Monaghan for giving the children the opportunity to take part in such an inspirational and motivational programme. “We as a school strive to promote the wellbeing, social, emotional and educational development and confidence of each individual child, which this programme fully complimented. Damien had an excellent rapport with the children and brought the whole nature of the programme to life as he explained clearly to the children about his own business experiences, allowing them to understand the vast opportunities that await them while boosting their self-confidence and opening their eyes to the whole wide world of business. Following a trip to Errigal Contracts, the children returned to school full of enthusiasm and were left feeling motivated and inspired by the whole concept of education and the opportunities each of them could have in the future with just a little bit of hard work. I have to say, the whole programme has really opened their minds to a road of further discovery and communication and has equipped them with many new life skills at such an early but inspiring and influential stage of their lives.Congratulations to everyone involved in the delivery of this programme and for making it possible. We are a small rural school and opportunities like this are warmly welcomed.”


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Bank of Ireland Bringing Financial Know How to Donegal Students

 Lucia McCauley Bank of Ireland with Students from Loreto Community School Milford Co. Donegal

Business volunteers Lucia McCauley and Emma Mc Carron from Bank of Ireland, Letterkenny and Ballybofey taught the Learn to Earn programme reaching over 250 Donegal students in six local schools Loreto Community School, Milford, Loreto College, Letterkenny, Mulroy College, Milford, Errigal College, Letterkenny, St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny and St. Columba's College, Stranorlar. Lucia McCauley, a volunteer from Bank of Ireland Letterkenny, stated that “Learn to Earn is a fabulous programme. I really enjoy visiting the local schools and the engagement from the students always makes it more enjoyable. The financial skills they learn is most relevant to them now as it will be in years to come. Delivering the budgeting piece of the programme is where the students really get involved which makes it such fun.

Ms. Mills Teacher, Loreto Community School Milford, emphasised the benefits of the programme for her students: “Thank you very much to Bank of Ireland for the resources and our volunteer Lucia McCauley who kept all students on task and fully engaged. The Learn to Earn is a very worthwhile programme for the students whereby they are able to develop their financial literacy through practical, modern and active tasks. The students were given the opportunity to explore the real life financial challenges that individuals encounter on a monthly basis. This sparked many discussions in our classroom. As a Home Economics teacher I found the skills the student learned throughout the programme are transferable across Home Economics, business and mathematics but particularly to their ever day life.

Barry Gallagher, Manager of Bank of Ireland Letterkenny underlined that “Bank of Ireland Letterkenny is delighted to support our local schools in the Learn to Earn programme. We hope these skills can be brought with the students right throughout their financial lives. We are very grateful for the support that we have received from the schools in allowing us bring this initiative to the students.”

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Údarás na Gaeltachta & Young Entrepreneurs in Donegal get busy with Business

PB Bites All Bottled Up from Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair'PB Bites' & 'All Bottled Up' from Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair

On 2nd March over 100 of Ireland's brightest young entrepreneurs took part in the Donegal JAI/ Údarás na Gaeltachta Enterprise Competition. An assempled audience were treated to top quality products and excellent presentations from enterprising students who were competing to land the regional title.

The students came from three schools in the county - Coláiste na Carraige, Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore Island and Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair - while the the competition was judged by Caitlin UÍ Chochlainn from Donegal Co Council and Alan O' Baoid/Christopher Mac Suibhne from Údarás na Gaeltachta.

The students were challenged on the day - setting up display stands, being interviewed by the judges and doing a stage presentation in front of an audience - but performed fantastically under pressure.

After much deliberation the 2016 winners were announced - 'PB Bites' who made a healthy snacks from peanut butter and 'All Bottled Up' who made beautiful necklaces with positive mental health quotes. Both companies hailed from Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair.

Many thanks to all of the students and their teachers for all of their hard work in the run up to today's event. Special thanks to our judges, our host school Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair and to Údarás na Gaeltachta for their continued support.

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Prometric Volunteers Help Students Pass the ‘Work-Ready’ Test

60 Castleblayney College TY students recently completed the Junior Achievement ‘Success Skills’ programme with business volunteers, Amy Clinton & Christina Dwan, both from Prometric, a test development company based in Dundalk.

In the course of the programme Amy & Christina imparted valuable knowledge about the working world, which helped the students to make the link between the importance of staying in education and the job choices open to them in the future. Each student completed an individual skills assessment, practiced and developed a range of interpersonal skills that are key in the workplace, such as building rapport, influencing others and teamwork. Working with Amy & Christina helped to demonstrate the relevance of each element of Success Skills to school, to work, and to life.

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Amy Clinton, Prometric pictured with TY students from Castleblayney College.

Reflecting on her students' experience on ‘Success Skills’, Olivia Kennedy, TY Coordinator Castleblayney College said: "The programme was a very worthwhile project for our TY students. The learning resources provided were very helpful and acted as a good focus for the students. The two speakers, Amy Clinton and Christina Dwan, were both very professional in their approach, well-prepared and created an atmosphere in the classroom which was both fun and informative for all of our TY students. We really appreciate them taking the time to take part in this programme and are grateful to both Junior Achievement and Prometric for providing this initiative to our school.  The students learned a lot and it was very refreshing for them to have visitors in the classroom that can reinforce the learning that is done through the various modules in Transition Year in both work experience and careers. It also gives them an insight into what the working world is like while providing them with the various tools and skills to prepare them for their future chosen careers.”

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Imparting Important Life Skills from an Early Age

Pictured is UnitedHealth Group business volunteer Veronica Patton 'engulfed' by her enthusiastic 1st class students who completed their five week 'Our Families' programme in Scoil Bhride, Convoy.

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In delivering the programme, Veronica used a combination of pictures, stickers and flashcards to engage students in learning activities about needs, wants, jobs, tools and skills. In an age-appropriate fashion, the students enjoyed the chance to worked through the importance of team work and what can be achieved through collaborating effectively with others - key life skills that will stand to these youngsters long into the future. Thank You Veronica. 

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