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Hard to Top this School to Work Day

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Louise Hyland from Top Oil recently delivered the Our Nation programme to 4th class students from St. Brigid’s GNS, Killester, Dublin 5.

During this in-depth and action packed five week programme, students role-played business ownership, produced a product using different methods of production, looked at the costs associated with running a business, created product advertisements, and took charge of their own businesses to make a profit!

Top Oil 2After concluding the programme Louise organised a site visit for Mrs. Delaney’s class to visit the Top Oil head offices in East Point. Louise had introduced working in a business through her JA programme and now the students would get to see her office and meet her colleagues in person.

The students were collected from the school and driven to the port where they got to see the largest oil storage tanker – which made quite an impression – and how the oil is transported. The students then got a tutorial in how to ‘drive a truck’.

Louise introduced all of the students to her colleagues, who explained their roles and the skills needed to work in a company like Top Oil, and the students even had an opportunity to ‘interview’ for their positions

To cap off an impactful day, the class were presented with their Certificates of Achievement and goodie bags kindly provided by Top Oil in their board room.

A huge thank you to Louise and all in Top Oil for providing such a memorable end of year experience for the girls from St. Brigid’s GNS, Killester.

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Wonderful World of Science brought to Life at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Science Fair

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One hundred students from 5th and 6th class from Our Lady Queen of Apostles National School, Clondalkin experienced the wonderful world of science during the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Science Fair in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).

Taking place in the Tallaght Campus of Technological University Dublin (TUD) the J&J Science Fair enabled primary school students to gain skills related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design (STEM2D) as well as learn more about STEM-related roles. Particular emphasis was given to girls interacting with female role models at the workshops.

JJ Volunteer Students resizedThe interactive workshops led by trained J&J volunteers ranged from designing a new “medicine”, taking on the role of biomedical scientists, and conducting laboratory research to working as engineers to consider design concepts. Students were also provided with an overview of the different opportunities to study STEM-related courses at TUD-Tallaght Campus along with a tour of the campus by student ambassadors.

Studies show that 30% of Irish students don’t understand how STEM is relevant to their lives and 44% of Irish secondary school respondents believed that STEM subjects are more suited to men than women.

The J&J WiSTEM2D Youth Programme has been designed to advance STEM2D education, specifically of young women and girls globally, through community-based partnerships to reach over 1 million girls by 2020.

JJ Volunteers resizedJohnson & Johnson’s Science Fair is just one of many opportunities afforded to students thanks to J&J’s support of JAI. Across Campus Ireland, 100 J&J volunteers will reach 1700 young people this school year through Junior Achievement (JA) programmes and events designed to encourage young people to remain in education and help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.

Ms. Pauline Duffy, Home School Liaison Officer, at Our Lady Queen of Apostles National School commented: “The J&J Science Fair really opened our students’ eyes to the range of career possibilities that flow from studying STEM subjects. It is vital that our students get the opportunity to interact with role models from the working world, such as today’s fantastic J&J volunteers. I’m certain today’s event would have made a positive impact on how our students view STEM subjects.”

Patrizio Fatale Country Manager, J&J Medical Devices Ireland, part of the J&J family of companies, said: “It is vitally important to develop an interest in STEM before students enter second level education. The need to ensure more women see a future for themselves in STEM industries is well documented. Initiatives like the Johnson & Johnson Science Fair, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, is an inventive way of tackling this issue.”

Helen Raftery, Chief Executive of JAI, said: “The educational value of students working with role models and getting the chance to learn in a different environment is well-established. Thanks to J&J, the students participating in the J&J Science Fair at TUD had a very exciting introduction to a variety of interesting topics in the workshops on campus. It is particularly pleasing to note that the girls attending today got so much encouragement to reach their full potential by considering one of the many careers available to them in to STEM2D-related roles.”

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Citi’s Long-term Investment in Dublin’s Youth

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Twenty years of industry-education collaboration was celebrated at a special anniversary event in Citi’s Office on North Wall Quay. The event marked twenty years of partnership between JAI and Citi which has resulted in more than 850 Citi volunteers inspiring and motivating 17,500 students across Dublin.

The morning event was attended by Citi volunteers, educators and students who had been impacted by the work of Citi in their community.

IMG 5636The event attendees experienced first-hand the learning impacts of a Junior Achievement (JA) programme from Aisling Corcoran, a transition year student from Palmerstown Community School, Dublin 20. Aisling had received the ‘JA Enterprise in Action’ programme taught by Citi volunteer Sarah Macasieb. The ‘JA Enterprise in Action’ programme is supported by the Citi Foundation and will reach out to more than 2,000 second level students this school year.

Reflecting on her experience Aisling said: “Our transition year business class spent six weeks learning about entrepreneurship and how to run a business, and what an exciting six weeks it was! We learned the advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship and the traits that a good entrepreneur should have. Sarah did a fantastic job of teaching the class about the skills needed to start up a business which we used when we came up with our own ideas. Sarah really encouraged us to pursue business ideas that we were passionate about. This resulted in many different unique propositions from different teams, ranging from positive mental health key chains to fitness apps.”

Lauren LaneAttendees also heard from Citi business volunteer Lauren Lane, who had returned to her old school as a JA student alumna. Lauren underlined the important of role models and giving back as she reflected on receiving a JA programmes during every year of her primary school education in St. James’s Street Primary School, Dublin 8.

Research has borne out that there is a great value in involving volunteers from the working world to help young people make connections between what they are studying in school and the ‘real world’. The importance of role models in helping us learn and develop is fundamental. When caring adults are involved in education, students do better in school and life, adults become empowered, and schools and communities grow stronger. 

citi 5Hosting the event, Sinead Henshaw, M.D. Operations Business & Chair of Community Affairs Group at Citi, applauded the work of Citi staff in Dublin classrooms, “We are delighted to celebrate 20 years of partnership with JAI and recognise the dedication of Citi staff who have reached out to more than 15,000 students throughout Dublin. It is wonderful to get involved with the local community while empowering the next generation to be the best they can be.”

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Mastercard’s JA in a Day - Priceless

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For the fifth year running a team of 25 volunteers from Mastercard generously took time out of their busy working day to volunteer at Sacred Heart Junior National School in Tallaght.

Undertaking a JA in a Day has become a regular fixture on the Mastercard CSR calendar. The ability to reach so many students in just one morning as well as the feel good factor for the volunteers are among  the many reasons Mastercard continues to collaborate with JAI and the school year on year.

Mastercard Volunters with JA BannerThis now annual event is very much appreciated by the school community in Tallaght too. They all pitch in to make the day run smoothly. There was a definite buzz around the grounds as the volunteers were brought to the 12 participating classes. The students were eagerly awaiting the volunteers and the promise of a fun filled morning. 

Gemma See, a first time volunteer, said she was delighted to get the opportunity to be involved with the JA in a Day as it’s seen as a wonderful way to give back. She had a few nerves but they disappeared soon after getting into the class room.  She is now looking forward to being more involved in future collaborations with JAI and hoping to visit her old school to do a Smart Futures Workshop.

The students were allowed to play their favourite song as the volunteers handed over the well-earned certificates at the end of the day. George Ezra was blaring down the corridors as the volunteers left the building to board the bus, job well done for another year!

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Fidelity Investments Shines a Spotlight on Careers for Girls


In celebration of International Women’s Day Fidelity Investments held a Careers for Girls event for 35 students at their offices in Citywest Business Campus.

222222Students from Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont participated in the event in which Fidelity volunteers gave insight into a range of exciting career opportunities through a series of presentations and interactive workshops. During the half day event, students were introduced to a variety of female role models working in both technology and business operations in Fidelity. Students had the opportunity to sit down with these women and ask them questions about their education, career paths and what a day in their job role would look like. Through this experience students learned about the wide range of career options available to them.

33333Fidelity Investments Ireland recently won the inaugural Women in Technology award from Technology Ireland in recognition of their support to women in technology. Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is a key focus of Fidelity’s CSR initiatives and the company works closely with JAI to help inspire future generations to consider careers in STEM.

Thank you to all volunteers who shared their time, expertise and enthusiasm with the students for this powerfully influential event.

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