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Unique Project Management Training for Teachers Launched

Pioneering Project Management Initiative for Second Level Teachers

IMG 3716Pictured are our pioneering teachers: Front row, L-R: Niamh Dwyer, Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown, Dublin; Ray Mead (Trainer), p3m global; Maria Sheehan, St. Caimin's Community School, Shannon, Clare. Middle Row, L-R: Diarmaid Walsh, St. Aidan’s Community College, Cork; Rita Hehir, Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally, Limerick; Mary Kelleher, Loreto College, Crumlin, Dublin; Margaret Walsh, De La Salle, Waterford; Audrey Flood, O’Fiaich College, Dundalk, Louth; Angela O'Sullivan, Glanmire Community College, Cork; Fiona Bourke, Galway Community College, Galway; Dairin Evers Nolan, Holy Child Community School, Sallynoggin, Dublin; Emer Kilgannon, Presentation Collage, Athenry, Galway; Sandra Keating, Presentation Secondary, Waterford. Back Row, L-R: Finn Dunleavy, St. Paul's CBS, North Brunswick Street, Dublin; Mick Burns, Cabinteely Community School, Dublin A philanthropic initiative to provide opportunities for teachers in Ireland to gain project management knowledge and skills has been launched by JAI with the grant support of the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF).

The ‘Project Management Skills for Life for Teachers’ initiative aims to increase the ability of teachers to integrate project management into their work  to enhance the effectiveness of project based learning (PBL) for students.

IMG 3566Ray Mead of p3m global delivering project management training to teachersThe initiative is fully aligned with Key Skills, which help learners develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to face the many challenges in today’s world and are at the heart of the new junior cycle specification. Project management training for educators enables innovative and effective project based learning and allows teachers to use PBL to bring key skills to life in classrooms.

‘Project Management Skills for Life for Teachers’ began with an intensive week-long training in project management fundamentals, kindly hosted by PwC and delivered by p3m global, which will be followed by participation in PMIEF’s ‘Managing the Learning Project’ micro-credential programme. Earning the micro-credential allows teachers to provide easily verifiable evidence of their knowledge and experience in integrating project management into their instruction for enhanced student learning and outcomes.

To conclude the initiative teachers will study at the Buck Institute for Education’s annual PBL World conference in Napa, California to further build their capacity to integrate project management into their classrooms. On completion, all participants will go on to promulgate PBL within their own classrooms and schools with the support of their colleagues.

Teachers from eight different counties (Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Louth & Waterford), a wide range of both subject areas (including Science, Maths, Business and English) and schools (Community Colleges, Community Schools & Volunteer Community Schools) are represented which allows for shared learning and collaborative practises which otherwise may not be possible.

IMG 5502Project management skills being put to use by participating teachersThe initiative is part of a wider collaboration between JAI and PMIEF to develop project management skills in classrooms nationwide. 480 students completed the PM Skills for Life programme in the 2016/17 school year. The programme facilitated by industry volunteers brought TY students through the core principles of project management after which they actioned their own projects demonstrating the skills they acquired through participation. Another 600 TY students will complete the programme this school year.

The 21st century demands a skilled workforce that drives organizational success and meaningfully contributes to the global economy. This requires the abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate thoughtfully, competencies inherent to project management,” said Jeannette Barr, Executive Director of PMIEF. “PMIEF is delighted our partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland professionally develops teachers to integrate project management into their curricula so they can more deeply engage students and help them strengthen these capabilities.

Dairin Evers Nolan, a participating teacher in Holy Child Community School, Sallynoggin, said: “I am excited to be a part of this wonderful initiative which will empower me to utilise project management in my classroom, enhancing my instructional abilities as well as ultimately improving my students’ outcomes by helping them to also acquire and apply project management knowledge to their learning, especially those that are project-based.”

Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland, said: “We are proud to partner with PMIEF to develop teachers’ project management competencies, both to enhance their pedagogy and build confidence in deploying project based learning, which will ensure that second level school students gain an even better understanding of project management fundamentals, which are ultimately skills for life.”

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Peat Moss Facemasks Claim National Crown

11 Clar Comhlachta JAI UDARASBoue Cosmetics, comprising of Grace Ní Chonchúr, Kate Ní Chnáimhsí, Aifric Nic Niallais, Clionagh Nic Suibhne, Molly Nic Pháidín and Caitlin James are Winners of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2018!

Boue Cosmetics, a fledgling company from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal was acclaimed as the winner of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2018 National Final held in Galway.  

With more than 750 Transition Year students taking part in Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Meath & Waterford, eight teams were ultimately selected to proceed to the national final. The standards set by these regional winners means the winner of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí can be regarded as particularly astute entrepreneurs.

5 Clar Comhlachta JAI UDARASBoue Cosmetics is comprised of Grace Ní Chonchúr, Kate Ní Chnáimhsí, Aifric Nic Niallais, Clionagh Nic Suibhne, Molly Nic Pháidín and Caitlin James. The company produces face masks made from peat moss and claim to be the first face mask made from peat moss for the beauty market. It also contains a unique mix of Aloe Vera, Jasmine Tea and Eucalyptus Oil scientifically proven to benefit your skin.

Boue Cosmetics was mentored by local business volunteer Evelyn Cagney, Pet Lamb Design and Criostóir MacSuibhne from Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Clár Comhlachta is developed and delivered by Údarás na Gaeltachta and Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI). Students create, operate and manage their own business as they move from the idea generation stage, to finance, production, marketing, sales right through to going to market. Local business volunteers, executives from Údarás na Gaeltachta and JAI mentored the students alongside their teachers.

evelyn o tooleEY Entrepreneur of the Year Evelyn O'Toole speaks about her experience setting up a businessEmerging from very competitive regional finals in Kerry, Mayo, Galway and Donegal teams from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Daingean Uí Chúis, Co. Kerry, Coláiste Chroí Mhuire  An Spidéal, Co. Galway, Gaelcholáiste Chomáin, Ros Dumhach, Co. Mayo; Coláiste Ghobnait, Inis Oírr, Oileáin Árann, Co. Galway; Preab Teo., Gaelcholáiste Chomáin, Ros Dumhach, Co. Mayo, DCM, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, An Clochán, Leifear, Co. Donegal also represented their regions with great distinction at the national final. All participating students enjoyed a communications workshop with Darach Ó Tuairisg of Fíbín on the eve of the final, with each team exhibiting at a trade stand, displaying their business acumen during the judges’ interview and presenting their business ideas on stage in front of a public audience on the day of the final.

clar judgesStudent entrepreneurs performed admirably at their trade stand interviewsThe judging panel comprising Sinéad Ní Fhatharta, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Ruairí Noone, Entrepreneur were very impressed with the performance of all the students across each element of the competition however Boue Cosmetics just edges out Stetsons N Steps from Gairmscoil Chú Uladh and Preab Ltd. from Coláiste Ghobnait, Inis Oírr to come out on top based on the quality of their innovative business idea and overall performance on the day.

Europe-wide research shows students who participate in entrepreneurial education activities such as Clár Comhlachta are more likely to start their own business, are at lower risk of being unemployed, and are more often in steady employment into adulthood. Clár Comhlachta aids in the development of creativity, initiative, financial literacy, teamwork, communication skills, understanding of risk and a sense of responsibility.

Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, commented: “It was inspiring to witness such enterprising young people at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár Comhlachta 2018.  Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their business ideas indicates that enterprise in the Gaeltacht areas is in safe hands. Údarás na Gaeltachta are proud to help promote student entrepreneurship in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland and I’m sure we will be seeing more of these young entrepreneurs in the future. Special congratulations to our winning team from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair for your dedication and entrepreneurial flare.  I am confident that these efforts will inspire new Gaeltacht enterprises in the future.

udaras 1Fantastic presentation skills from Rún na Maighdine MaraHelen Raftery, CEO, Junior Achievement Ireland added: “The support of Údarás na Gaeltachta has enabled more than 750 senior cycle students to take part in meaningful real-to-life entrepreneurial experiences across the Gaeltacht areas through Clár Comhlachta this year. We wish to extend a special thank you to teachers and business mentors for their dedication in supporting and developing the entrepreneurial talent of these students who have also gained confidence in many transversal skills such as team-working, negotiation and public speaking – skills which will be invaluable as they progress into the world of work. We look forward Congratulations to all the teams that won the right to compete at the regional and national finals and to Boue Cosmetics for emerging as winners of Údarás na Gaeltachta - Clár Comhlachta 2018.”

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JAI & Údarás na Gaeltachta Announce STEM Programme for Gaeltacht Primary Schools

UdarasMícheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta; Joe McHugh, T.D., Government Chief Whip and the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands; Tanya Quinn, JAI at the launch of An Chruinne in Bunscoil Ráth Chairn, Ráth Chairn, Co. na Mí

16 Gaeltacht primary schools will undertake a special education programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a result of the new ‘An Chruinne’ programme devised by JAI and Údarás na Gaeltachta.

During the 2017/2018 academic year, JAI will work with Údarás na Gaeltachta to roll out ‘An Chruinne’, a STEM pilot programme, in 16 national schools in the Kerry, Cork, Galway, Mayo and Donegal Gaeltacht areas.

The programme introduces science through practical and engaging classroom-based lessons and is designed to encourage 6th class primary school students to continue with science as they transition to second level. Labour market data show that Ireland continues to experience a skills shortage in the STEM sector despite major growth and employment opportunities. Volunteers from organisations around the country will be recruited, trained and supported by JAI to facilitate the in-classroom programme fostering students’ interest in STEM subjects.

The programme consists of five modules and, importantly, will de delivered through the medium of Irish in primary schools in the Gaeltacht.

The Government Chief Whip and the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Joe McHugh, TD, said “I commend Údarás na Gaeltachta and Junior Achievement Ireland for establishing this innovative project. It is important that we encourage and provide the Gaeltacht’s younger generation with the skills to enable them to realise their vision for the Gaeltacht”.

Údarás na Gaeltachta Chief Executive, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh also said “It is important for Údarás na Gaeltachta to encourage the Gaeltacht’s younger generation to move towards innovation and spark an interest in these sectors through their native language. They are our future entrepreneurs and scientists and they will create and develop the Gaeltacht of the future. Údarás na Gaeltachta intends to build on this project and extend it, if possible, in the future”.

Helen Raftery, CEO of JAI added: “We are delighted to have the support of the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge and Gaeltacht as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta. It is critical that industry and education come together to excite young people about studying science and the skills required for success. It is through the support of partners like Údarás na Gaeltachta that we are able to connect our students with business volunteers who in turn share their insights and expertise, linking the classroom and the ‘real-world’ to enhance their learning experience."

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JAI & HSBC Nurture Financial Skills in Ireland


More Than Money 2Alan Duffy, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Banking at HSBC, joined JAI CEO Helen Raftery and Martim Ventura and Mya McKevitt from Central Model Senior National School at the relaunch of the JA More Than Money programme

JAI in partnership with HSBC Holdings plc has relaunched its More than Money programme to increase levels of financial capability – starting at an early age. The primary school initiative will be rolled out by 60 business volunteers to over 2,000 students across Ireland and introduces young children to financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. To launch the financial programme, over 20 local primary school students were invited to HSBC in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, to see how a real business works.

The JA More than Money programme teaches students the key differences among earning, saving, and spending; strengthens their money-management skills; and helps them to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives. HSBC’s support of the programme is part of the bank’s global focus on developing Future Skills. This includes increasing levels of financial capability and supporting initiatives that give people the skills, attitudes and tools needed to manage their finances and make the most of their money.

More Than Money 4Alan Duffy, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Banking at HSBC, underlined HSBC’s focus and commitment to the programme by commenting: “We’re always delighted at HSBC to be able to play a significant part in shaping future business leaders and helping students explore and enhance their career aspirations. A positive attitude towards finance and a greater understanding of money management can offer huge opportunities to the children taking part in this programme. The More than Money programme is a great initiative that shows the benefit of early engagement through hands on activities and we’re very happy to support it any way we can.”

Finance today is more complicated than it has ever been. Knowledge about saving accounts is only a small part of what it means to be financially literate, and the options for saving, investing, and borrowing can be overwhelming,” said Helen Raftery, CEO, Junior Achievement Ireland. “This is why programmes like Junior Achievement’s More than Money initiative can have such a profound impact by not only equipping students with basic financially literacy and money-management skills, but also empowering them to succeed in today’s evolving, global economy.”


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18 Month JA Programme Inspires Students to be Career Ready

AM8I4765Students from Our Lady of Mercy College Beaumont celebrate their Career Ready graduation with Jason Sherlock, JAI CEO Helen Raftery; Sinead Henshaw of Citi and JAI Patron Leslie Buckley

Students from three Dublin schools have graduated from the Junior Achievement Ireland Career Ready programme, kindly hosted by Citi, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1. To mark the completion of their two year programme the students were joined by the business volunteers who had worked as their mentors, representatives of supporting organisations and special guests former Dublin GAA star and life coach Jason Sherlock and JAI Patron Leslie Buckley.

Career Ready develops students’ potential by enabling their involvement in a range of activities including being paired with a business mentor for 18 months, visiting workplaces, attending masterclasses and completing work placements. The overall aims of the JAI Career Ready initiative are to help students to recognise their potential, to develop and increase their employability skills, support their academic work and introduce them to the world of work. The 2015-2017 cohort comprises twenty nine students from St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick St; Loreto College, Crumlin and Our Lady of Mercy, Beaumont.

AM8I4908Jason Sherlock addresses the audience at the Career Ready graduationSpecial guest Jason Sherlock congratulated the students on taking their first steps in the world of work and reinforced the importance of role models and pushing oneself to achieve your goals: “The guidance and encouragement of mentors and role models really can make a profound difference in a young person’s life; I know this from my own personal experience. To the participating students I say take the skills and confidence you have gained from Career Ready and build on them, allow the programme to be the catalyst for you to fulfil your potential. With the right attitude you can do anything you set your mind to.

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.

The Career Ready 2015-17 mentors, as well as masterclasses and school to work visits, were provided by A & L Goodbody, Accenture, Amundi, BNY Mellon, Citi, Core Media, Dell, Deloitte, Diageo, EisnerAmper Ireland, Gaiety School of Acting, LinkedIn, JLL, Lloyds Bank, Manpower, Pfizer, SQS, Standard Life, and TV3.

AM8I4782Mary Kelleher speaks from an educationalist's perspectiveMary Kelleher, Transition Year Coordinator in Loreto College Crumlin, said that: “Volunteer mentors from ‘the real world’ really do have a significant impact in helping students see the relevance of their studies and their post-school choices. Volunteers share their career journey and give students an insight into their working life which is vital not only in opening the students’ eyes to the possibilities that are out there but also underlines the need to be driven and focused.”

On behalf of Junior Achievement Ireland, CEO Helen Raftery said: “Research shows us that working with ‘real-world’ volunteers helps young people to see the relevance of their academic studies to their everyday lives, which is a vital factor in persuading them to stay in school and take full advantage of the opportunity that education offers. Thank you to Citi for hosting this celebration and to all our corporate partners for their support of the Career Ready initiative.” Career Ready collage

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