East & Dublin

Clondalkin Students Work It Out Through Sport!

Fidelity Investments and Xilinx combined forces with Junior Achievement Ireland to complete very successful ‘Working It Out’ events on 22nd and 23rd April at UCD Sports Centre. These fun-filled maths and games events were the culmination of the Make Maths Matter project, which has involved 126 children in West Dublin.

73 students from Talbot Senior National School, Bawnogue, Clondalkin and 53 students from St. Ronan’s National School, Deansrath, Clondalkin worked in teams, led by business volunteers from Xilinx and Fidelity Investments at the action-filled events. 

'Working It Out’ combines sports-related activities and maths to enable students to explore the relevance of maths in their everyday lives in a fun environment.  Maths exercises are enlivened, becoming the focal point of team activities in which students are encouraged to see the discipline in a different light, away from textbooks and copy books. Competing in basketball, football penalty shoot-outs, skipping, bowling and ring throw activities while practising mental arithmetic, calculating averages and compiling aggregate scores! Each activity incorporates a specific maths challenge, complementary to and reinforcing the school curriculum.



Junior Achievement aims to bridge the gap between school and the world of work and to inspire students at risk of early school leaving to remain in education.

This school year Junior Achievement will bring enterprise and life skills to 66,000 students all over the country in ca. 600 schools with the help of ca. 3,000 business volunteers.  A not-for-profit organisation, Junior Achievement is supported by more than 180 of Ireland’s leading business organisations in both the public and private sectors.

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Aspiring Entrepreneurs Enjoy AOL

AOL volunteers opened the doors of their offices last week to give local 6th Class students from St Patrick’s National School, Chapelizod a fantastic day in the company of their teacher, Jason and staff member, Maria. 

dragonss den AOLSome of the fantastic AOL Mentors: Ciara, John, Jose, Kieran, Ken, Gavin, Laura & Cian

From the moment of their arrival, the students took full advantage of the learning experience, studying the scale model of the very impressive nautical-themed complex on display at reception.

Travelling to the 10th floor, they were greeted by 12 AOL mentors who worked with each of the five teams to finalise their business projects. As well as taking on board the ‘Four Ps of Marketing’ (Price, Product, Promotion and Place), the students participated in conference calling and video linking. 


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Mentoring Emerging Entrepreneurs at MetLife

22 budding entrepreneurs from 6th class at St. James’s CBS primary school visited MetLife Europe Limited’s newly-expanded Dublin office on March 2nd where they pitched  business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists a.k.a  MetLife’s team of volunteer dragons.

Helping the students prepare their pitches were MetLife volunteers Maeve Judge, Finn Hegarty, Nicole Brack, Brendan Fitzgerald, Vienna Phua, Rose Kavanagh and Kalpesh Shah, whose enthusiasm and creativity matched that of the students in making sure the young entrepreneurs got their message across!

Dragons Pat O’Grady, Head of Finance Operations- Western Central Europe; Deirdre Moore, Head of FP&A & Shared Services- Western Central Europe; Rosemarie Dizon, Head of HR Ireland & Penny Bryant, Head of Communications - Western Central Europe were delighted to explore the innovative ideas put forward by the students, which included a smart fridge producing recipes based on what food is in the fridge, a drone-operated takeaway food delivery service and a pencil recycling business.

I was overwhelmed by the energy and enthusiasm of the students to learn new things. They had some really creative ideas – certainly no boundaries to their imaginations! I definitely enjoyed the day as much as they did” said MetLife volunteer Finn Hegarty. 

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Career Academies 2015-16 'Meet & Greet'

Over 50 Career Academies mentors and students met for the first time to embark on the 18 month-long mentoring process, which is a core focus of our Career Academies programme at the 'Meet & Greet' for 2015-16. AXA Insurance generously hosted this event at their head office in Dublin on 26th February.


AXA Insurance, BNY Mellon, Citi and Pioneer Investments have enabled volunteers from their organisations to be trained as mentors and have made their facilities availble to allow participants to meet and work together over the course of the programme.

At the Meet & Greet, each participant enjoyed light refreshments and group 'ice breaker' activities, leading into the first discussions between mentor and mentee in a relaxed and friendly environment. Over the course of the next few months, mentors will meet with their assigned students approximately ten times to help them develop their employability skills, with the very real focus of preparing for internships this summer or next. 

Career Academies involves 30 transition year students from St. Paul’s CBS, Dublin 7; Loreto College Crumlin, Dublin 12 and Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont, Dublin 9. Each student is selected following a in-school process to identify those who are most likely to take advantage of the opportunities offered to particpants. In addition to mentoring and internships, our Career Academies students participate in several school to work visits and enjoy guru lectures from business ambassadors.

The overall aim of Career Academies is to enable students to develop employability skills, gaining a greater degree of maturity and work readiness. Their work in the course of the programme should also ensure they are in in a position to make informed choices about their higher and further education options.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our mentors and all the supporting organisations involved.  We look forward to hearing how things progress over the coming months!

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Fierce Competition for Leinster Crown

10 emerging enterprises driven by over 50 Transition Year students from schools in Dublin and Kildare participated in the 2014-15 Leinster regional final of the Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition on Tuesday, March 18th. An intense day of competition was hosted by Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) at their HQ on Pearse Street, Dublin 2.  

The judging panel comprising Emma Ledden, LinkedIn; Louise Maguire, CAI, and Eain Jones, AOL was really impressed with the entrepreneurial flair and particularly the level of preparation invested by the students, their teachers and mentors to ensure they presented their enterprises in the best possible light. It was obvious that the teams had worked hard to take full advantage of the opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial talent. The regional final is a real test of nerve as each team must participate in an interview with the judging panel and also make a public presentation in front of their fellow student entrepreneurs, the judges and other invited guests. Each of the young entrepreneurs rose to the challenge of having their business acumen tested by the panel of judges and represented their schools and families with great distinction.  

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