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Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts Visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

epa2Students from Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts with their teachers & EPA volunteersAfter reading all about Robbie’s Trip to the Farm in the JA Ourselves programme, Senior infants in Scoil Mhuire Primary School, Coolcotts had a very special trip to the EPA to celebrate the ending of their Junior Achievement programme. Along with their friends in first class they were invited by their EPA volunteers to visit the EPA Headquarters to see some bugs species up close, receive their certificates and take a walk around the historic Johnstown Castle grounds.

Commenting on their experience of the programme Nicola Byrne, Senior Infants teacher at Scoil Mhuire, said: “The children enjoyed every minute of their Junior Achievement experience. Eimear was excellent with the children. Senior infants can be a tough audience but Eimear had their undivided attention with her captivating stories and obvious passion for the EPA. I would definitely participate in this programme again as it brings the concept of taking care of the environment into the classroom in such an accessible manner.

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Students in the South East learn how to ‘Finance their Future’

Pic 1Mairead Watkins, AIB Lismore with students and teacher from Blackwater Community School, Lismore, Co. Waterford

Students across the South East have taken part in the five week Finance Your Future programme sponsored by Metlife. The programme has been delivered by business volunteers from AIB, Waterford Credit Union, Sanofi, Bausch & Lomb, and St. Dominic Credit Union.

Thanks to the continued support of the MetLife Foundation the Life Changers Project will run across schools nationwide during the 2016/17 school year. This support will contribute to the social and economic development of more than 1,500 students who will complete the Finance your Future programme. Finance Your Future is designed to enable students to understand how to manage their own personal finances and to draw a direct correlation between education and career choices and success in the world of work. The educators with whom we work see this personal economics course as an opportunity for students to acquire effective money management skills in the context of developing their financial literacy, which will stand them in good stead into their future

Mairead Watkins from AIB, Lismore, County Waterford said “I would like to take the opportunity to thank JAI for providing me with this opportunity and experience.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to get involved again.  The entire program has proved very worthwhile for all involved, myself, the school and more importantly the students!

pic 2Ciara O’Kane & Christine O’Donoghue, Waterford Credit Union with students from St. Angela’s Secondary School, Waterford

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Futurewize Programme Shines Light on STEM Careers in the South East

Paul St. LeosPaul from Unum with students and teacher from St. Leo College in Carlow

We were delighted to be able to offer the Futurewize programme to schools in the South East for the first time in 2016/2017. Jointly-sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry partner Fidelity Investments, Futurewize is designed by Junior Achievement Ireland and developed for delivery by business volunteers. The programme aims to inspire Junior Cycle students to explore the career possibilities that are opened up through the study of STEM related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Nationally in 2016/17, more than 2,000 students will complete FutureWize with 80 trained business Volunteers.

Speaking the programmes launch as the brand ambassador for Futurewize, Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Mathematics & Statistics and science communicator said:  “I am passionate about inspiring students to be curious about the world around them and to be aware of the opportunities available to them should they decide to continue to study subjects such as science, mathematics, technology and Presentation college Waterford 3Students from Presentation Secondary Waterford during their coding classengineering.  An important part of this is that students meet and engage with positive role models from industry who can provide them with insight into what it might be like to work in science, technology, or engineering related jobs and businesses. 

Junior Achievement is encouraging this engagement with the Futurewize programme and I am delighted to be an ambassador for this scheme encouraging more interactions between researchers, industry, and education.  The JAI programme is also committed to attempting to address the gender gap in students studying STEM subjects and this is something I am passionate about.”

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JAI & Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Partnership Continues in 2017

epa recognitionCelebrating with EPA Wexford Volunteers 2015/16We were delighted to partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the first time in 2016. Across the year, 29 EPA employees from their Head Office in Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford and their Castlebar Regional Inspectorate in Mayo volunteered to teach Junior Achievement programmes in primary and secondary schools. The local students - who got the chance to be involved in JA programmes because of the EPA volunteers participation - ranged from senior infants at primary level to Transition year students at secondary level.

droneDrone Display at Student Science WorkshopIn addition to teaching a programme, 11 of the volunteers invited their classes to visit the EPA to see first-hand the work that happens there and to further develop their understanding of the correlation between education and the work place. Activities included visits to the conference room and a very special science workshop where the students witnessed science and engineering coming to life by means of a hovercraft, a drone and river micro fauna displays.

Thanks to each of our first volunteers from the EPA, we look forward to continuing our partnership with the EPA in their Dublin, Monaghan and Kilkenny sites in 2017.

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UNUM Volunteers teach Project Management Skills to Carlow students

con and mary unumGaelcholáiste Cheatharlach Students Pictured with their Volunteers Mary & Con

Staff from UNUM recently volunteered with 57 students from Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach to deliver Module 1 and 2 of the PMIEF “Project Management Skills for Life” programme designed to enable students to understand how to plan, carry out, monitor and evaluate a project of their own.

On Wednesday 23rd November, Mary, Con and Virginia visited Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach to facilitate project in classStudents preparing their structures
module 1 of the programme enabling the students to understand what a project is, how project management is important in every industry and what skills potential project managers need to develop. Following on from which through an interactive mini-project the students were tasked with a specific brief to build the tallest structure possible, in the time allowed, that was solid enough to be moved from one location to another with the limited amount of resources provided to them. This enabled the students to experience many elements of project management including scope, time, cost, quality, risk, and team collaboration.

On November 28th and 30th, the two classes were invited to UNUM to complete Module two of the Project Management Skills for Life programme and to see first-hand how important Project Management is in UNUM. On arrival at UNUM the students were met by Gillian O’Connor, HR Administrator who welcomed the students to UNUM and introduced them to a number of her colleagues whose roles included Business Analysts, Scrum Masters, Project Managers, Software Engineers and Technical Support Engineers. All of whom gave an overview of their roles in UNUM and outlined how important project management is in every part of the work they do.

unumGaelcholáiste Cheatharlach students during their visit to UnumSubsequently, Virginia, Mary and Con worked with their classes to generate ideas for a project that they would like to project manage in school to fundraise for a local charity. The students were enthused by the challenge and came up with some great ideas including a fun run in Christmas jumpers and an Easter Sports Eggtravaganza. After electing Project Managers and Deputy Project Managers for their class group the students were given a tour of UNUM and were introduced to more professionals in UNUM who discussed their roles and answered the students questions on the education requirements for their job.

Over the next few weeks and months both transition year Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach class groups will carry out their class projects. Based on their enthusiasm and engagement we look forward to their hard work resulting in successful outcomes for their projects. Thank you to all involved!

Virginia with BooksVirginia with Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach students during her visit to the school

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