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Creating New Relationships during National Volunteering Week 2018

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On Thursday May 17th, 2018 we were delighted to work with volunteers from Clearstream Technologies (BD&Co) and students from Colaiste Bride for the very first time during National Volunteering week. 100 transition year students from Colaiste Bride Enniscorthy were visited by volunteers Lauren Keogh and Kathleen Nolan who gave a very informative Smart Futures talk to the students. The talk focused on careers in STEM, the medical devices that Clearstream Technologies make and both Laurens and Kathleens educational and career paths to date. Students were encouraged to participate in the discussion throughout resulting in some very insightful questions from the students and answers from the volunteers.

Denise Power, Area Manager, Junior Achievement South East Office said: “We were delighted to work with Clearstream Technologies and Colaiste Bride for the first time during National Volunteering Week 2018. I really want to thank everyone in Clearstream who have supported the development of our new partnership. We are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with Clearstream Technologies and local schools over the coming school year, schools we would be unable to reach without the support of Clearstream Technologies."

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Waterford LEO LEAP into Action with Local Schools

IMG 4375LEAP students and "FROGS" celebrate at the end of the second day of the event

200 primary students from eight schools across Waterford city and county have participated in the LEAP Project, a unique entrepreneurial initiative supported by Waterford Local Enterprise Office in partnership with JAI.

This is LEAP’s second year of encouraging ‘early-stage entrepreneurship’ to primary school students, helping them learn how to become entrepreneurs and to enabling them to design a business plan focusing on innovation and enterprise.

IMG 4305The eight schools which took part are Passage East N.S., Holy Cross N.S., Light of Christ N.S. Kilmacthomas Primary School, Presentation Primary School, St. Saviour’s N.S., Mount Sion Primary School and St. Mary’s N.S.

In advance of the event local business volunteers Damien Tiernan (RTE), Karen Moynan (Tramore Credit Union), Christine Rossiter (Dawn Meats), Lisa McGowan (Bluefin), Danielle Kennedy (Lloyds Hair Salons), Ian Stenson (BioMarin Pharma), Catherine O’Brien (Q1 Scientific) and Roisín Hartley (Hartley People) delivered a series of activity based enterprise education workshops with the students in each school. This preparation carried out by the students on their ‘First Business’ served the students well at the LEAP event  held in Waterford Institute of Technology on 29th and 30th May.  Each of the four schools showcased their business ideas and presented them to additional local business people named FROGS (For Recognition of Greatness in Students).

007 JAA 290518Jacqui Gaule from Waterford Leo said: “One of our core values at Waterford LEO is to encourage the spirit of enterprise in our local community. Initiatives such as the LEAP Project are essential for fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and skills in the Waterford area. The creativity and innovation showed by the students was inspiring. To reach primary school students and sow the seed of self employment at this young age offers us the opportunity of a bright future for entrepreneurship in Waterford. We are delighted to partner with Junior Achievement on this wonderful project.”

 Denise Power, Area Manager – South East for JAI, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Waterford LEO and local businesses on the LEAP Project. It is a fantastic journey for students to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and develop their own business ideas with the support of entrepreneurs from the local community. These mentors have shared their own real life experiences with the students and inspired and motivated them to become future entrepreneurs in the making. The students’ visit to WIT was a wonderful opportunity for them to pitch their ideas to business professionals for the first time outside the classroom and see how products could enter the market and impact their local community.”

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Waterford City & County Council Staff share their Success Skills

Waterford cocoFull GroupA team of nine staff from Waterford City & County Council recently facilitated a JA interview preparation workshop with transition year students from De La Salle College, Waterford.

The workshop enabled students, through interactive activities, to understand the expectations of future employers both at 4interview and during employment.  By focusing on the development of students’ interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills, students developed a realisation of the attributes necessary to succeed in the workplace. Following on from which, each student presented themselves for a mock interview with a volunteer from Waterford City & County Council. After a successful morning the students were presented with a certification of Achievement in recognition of the dedication they showed throughout the day.

Maureen Fitzsimons from Waterford City & County Council commented  “It was a pleasure working with students from TY1; the workshop was designed to challenge and inspire students as they plan ahead for their future careers. Students were given an insight into the world of work and an opportunity to take part in an interview and receive feedback from staff volunteers. Their level of focus on their future was very impressive.”

Paul Ogle, a teacher at De La Salle College, Waterford said: “I felt the main benefits of this seminar and day came in the form of helping to open the students up to the differences and challenges of a new environment, where they perhaps don’t see the same need to conform to a set of unwritten or less tangible rules. It also showed how everything we do or say in various contexts can and are interpreted by the people who receive them and not always in the way we intended. This was extremely useful and a good eye opener to the real world of adult living in terms of jobs, skills, communication and things to keep in mind for student’s futures.”

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UNUM celebrate International Women’s Day with Presentation College Carlow

Group 1UNUM Volunteers with students from Presentation College Carlow

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, 38 students from Presentation College Carlow were invited to UNUM to celebrate the achievement of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The morning began with an introduction to careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with Rowena websiteVolunteer Rowena Minchin with studentsvolunteers from UNUM Technologies Ireland who shared their varied career and educational experiences to date. Following a very insightful discussion, the students were given a guided tour of UNUM where they saw first-hand the work that happens there, enabling them to further develop their understanding of the link between education and the workplace.

Following on from which the students broke into small groups to participate in JA workshops focusing on effective communication and aeronautical engineering which were led by UNUM business volunteers. At the end of a very succesful morning, the students were presented with Certificates of Achievemets in recognition of the energy and enthusiasm they brought to the celebration of International Women's Day 2018.

Gillian O’Connor, HR Administrator at Unum Ireland said “We are delighted to have had the opportunity again to Gillian websiteVolunteer Gillian O’Connor worked with a group of studentspartner with Junior Achievement Ireland and host Presentation College Carlow for such an important event. Today’s "Celebrating Women in STEM” presentation was a great success and a fantastic opportunity for staff to act as role models to a group of young aspiring women. The workshops were very well organised and our volunteers did a superb job of sharing their personal stories about their career growth in STEM sectors. It has been incredibly rewarding to see the students become so engaged in learning about the vast career opportunities in the STEM sector. Overall it has been a fantastic opportunity for Unum Ireland and our staff to give back to the local community.”

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Port of Waterford Promote Success Skills in the Workplace

IMG 6815Students from Abbey Community College with volunteers from Port of Waterford and JAI staff

Port of Waterford recently partnered with JAI to host 28 students from Abbey Community College in a ‘Success Skills for the Workplace’ event.

IMG 6422The 5th year students got the opportunity to take part in three workshops which focused on helping to improve their interpersonal skills through team working activities and role plays with the aim of increasing their chances of success in the workplace. The workshops covered three key areas – Teamwork, Communication & Interview Skills – which were delivered by Port of Waterford volunteers Frank Ronan, Brian Moore and Derek Madigan. The students were all ears as the volunteers shared their own knowledge and experience in these key areas.

There was also a unique opportunity for students to learn about the working environment in Port of Waterford and to go on a guided tour of the port.

Brian Moore, who co-ordinates the JAI programme for Port of Waterford said ‘the Port is delighted to continue it’s IMG 6798relationship with Junior Achievement Ireland and it has been our pleasure to facilitate these workshops with students from the Abbey Community College in Ferrybank. This programme is part of our Corporate and Social Responsibility objectives where we seek to work with and support our local communities including Ferrybank, Belview and the wider estuary’.

This was a great learning experience for the students from Abbey Community College as they gained an insight into the workings of the cargo gateway to Ireland’s South East Region whilst also getting the opportunity to learn more about the importance of interpersonal skills in the workplace.


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