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Students benefit from PM Skills for Life

Pallaskenry with vols Paddy Marie teacher websiteDell volunteers Olivia Carrig and Robert Kinehan with PM Skills for Life students from Salesian College Pallaskenry with Principal Paddy O’Neill and teacher Marie Keane

Following on from the launch and success of the PM Skills for Life programme last year and again with the support of the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) JA Ireland have rolled out the PM Skills for Life initiative nationally during the 2016/17 school year.   500 transition year students from 15 schools across Limerick, Dublin, Clare, Cork, Galway and Waterford are taking part in the project which will run until May 2017. 

Project Management Skills for Life is designed to support students to understand, plan, carry out, monitor and evaluate a project of their own.  Through experiential learning and a hands-on introduction to project management skills students will be better prepared for future success and will learn skills that will be beneficial to them in their future academic lives and careers.

“This is our first time taking part in the PM Skills for Life programme.  The students are learning new and valuable skills around project management and are also being challenged to plan and run their own class project.   I would like to thank Liv and Robert from Dell for taking the time to work with us and we very much look forward to welcoming them back to the event which is being planned by our students.”   Marie Keane – Teacher Salesian Secondary College , Pallaskenry

The initiative is designed across 4 modules:

  • Preparing for a Project
  • Planning a Project
  • Running a Project
  • Project Management Innovation Camp

Project Management volunteers from Dell Limerick, Dell Cherrywood, Dell EMC, SAP SSC Ireland Ltd, Oracle, Sanofi, Unum Ireland, Bausch & Lomb are kindly mentoring the students on project management and sharing their career paths as project managers.

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Project Management = Skills for Life

With the support of the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation JA Ireland have launched the Project Management Skills for Life initiative with 8 schools across Limerick, Clare and Dublin.  200 Transition Year students will take part in the project which will run until May 2016. Project Management Skills for Life is designed to support students to understand, plan, carry out, monitor and evaluate a project of their own.

Through their participation in the project students will be better prepared for future success and will learn skills that will be beneficial for them in their future academic lives and careers. The initiative is designed across 4 modules:

  • Preparing for a Project
  • Planning a Project
  • Running a Project
  • Review and evaluation of Project

Project Management volunteers from Dell, PM Group and SAP are kindly assisting the students to understand all elements to successfully manage a project from beginning to end.

Project ManagementDell volunteers Andy Cunningham, Denis Murray & Terry Frizelle with TY students from Laurel Hill FCJ Secondary School Limerick & Career Guidance Counsellor Ethna Lyons at the launch of the Project Management Skills for Life initiative in Limerick

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GE Capital Aviation Services Launches STEM Skills Project 2015/16

GE Ireland continues its commitment to working with school children around the country by delivering JA programmes and participating in projects and events in Dublin, Clare, Limerick and Cork throughout the 2015/16 school year.  The GE Ireland initiative is part of GE’s Global Month of service, which begins on November 9th and culminates on December 5th, International Volunteer Day.   

GE Capital Aviation Services in conjunction with JAI launched the STEM Skills Project for primary school students in November. 100 students will take part from schools in Shannon and Limerick culminating in a School to Work day where all the students will become civil engineers for the day!

ge iRELANDSiobhan O’Keeffe, GECAS volunteer, with 5th class students from Le Chéile N.S. who are taking part in the STEM Skills Project

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Dell Ireland Host Symposium to Consider the Future of the World of Work

Junior Achiervement Dell 027Students from Le Chéile N.S. Roxboro with Fiona McCarthy, HR Executive Director Dell EMEA, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan T.D. and Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland

Members of the business community and leaders in education in the Mid-West joined Minister Jan O’Sullivan on Friday 6th November at Dell’s Limerick Campus to consider the future of the world of work and to discuss how industry and education combine to inspire young people in the region to maximise their potential.

This unique opportunity was hosted by Dell for Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), which is the largest non-profit organisation in the region, recruiting, training and supporting volunteers from business to facilitate programmes covering themes like employability, financial literacy, the value of studying STEM subjects and entrepreneurship skills for local students.

As part of the event, student entrepreneurs from Desmond College Limerick, who represented Ireland with distinction over the summer at the JA Europe Company of the Year Final, were presented with a memento of their achievement for their school.

In summarising her remarks today Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan T.D said:

“I want to acknowledge the work of Dell in contributing to the wider community – not just in the education sector as we are focussing on here today, but in a range of other initiatives such as supporting the Arts and raising funds for charity.  I would like to take this opportunity to commend Dave & all his colleagues for their commitment and innovation in contributing to our community.  

Equally, I am delighted to show my support for the work of Junior Achievement Ireland. The reputation it has among schoolJunior Achiervement Dell 105        Entrepreneurs from Guide A Key, Desmond College leaders and other stakeholders has been built over 20 years and continues to go from strength to strength. I believe training volunteers from local businesses to work with students in classrooms is a great way to help the students make a connection between what they are doing in school and the variety of options open to them.  I would encourage every suitable organisation to get involved if they can – investing in young people is always worthwhile and with Junior Achievement the volunteers themselves learn as much from the programme as the students!” 

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Meet the Best Student Entrepreneurs in Clare, Galway & Limerick -Regional Finalists in the JA Company of the Year Competition 2014/15

The JA Company of the Year Competiton Regional Final will take place on the 15th of April. Hosted by Limerick Institute of Technology, ten teams have qualified to compete for the chance to proceed to the national final in Dublin in May and the ultimately the chance to represent Ireland at the European final in Berlin in July.So let's meet the teams comprising the best student entrepreneurs from Clare, Galway and Limerick!

ACE Devices


Our company is ACE Devices and consists of five very dedicated students from St. Caimin's Community School Shannon, Co. Clare. Our names are Aoibhe Frazer, Cian Hogan, Cian McInerney, Cormac Kelly and Evan Quigley. We designed and are selling a device which protects cables for handheld devices. Our iPhone 5 and Sony charger protectors are currently selling and iPhone 4 are in the design and testing process. We are selling them for €4 each or two for €7. They are guaranteed to save you money, as your charger will no longer have the risk of fraying at the top. We have been operating since October 2014.             

Park it Right

                    Park it Right

Park it Right is a social enterprise, which was founded in October 2014 by three TY students from Laurel Hill Coláiste, Limerick. In order to address the ongoing problem of drivers parking illegally in disabled parking areas, Ciara Leahy, Ruth Culligan and Katie Donovan developed a system that may deter motorists from parking in disabled spaces even for “just a couple of minutes”.Our goal is to be recognised in Ireland as a company helping to make the lives of disabled people easier and more accessible and to successfully build our company and learn new skills during this year, which will benefit us greatly in the future.



Our company is Cinéiteach, founded in October of 2014. We are Niall Coughlan, Liam Maguire, Daniel O’ Brien, Donal Meehan and Jason Kiely from the Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick. We are all 16 years old. We have developed the Kindicator; kinetically powered indicators, brake lights and headlights for bicycles. Our product helps the environment by cutting down energy use from lithium and lithium-ion batteries and will save customers money. Another key feature is that it increases visibility of cyclists when cycling.

Réalta le Chéile

                       Realta la Cheile

Réalta le Chéile is an innovative, creative and enterprising TY mini–company based in Gairmscoil Mhuire, Athenry, Co. Galway. We picked the name Réalta le Chéile (Stars Together) because in our opinion each student is a star in their own personal way. As a group we set out to produce our unique recipe book and promote and create awareness for autism and to promote inclusion in our community. The idea of this product began back in September of 2014. Our recipe book contains many favourite recipes from different celebrities from around Ireland, England and Europe.

 Guide a Key

                      Guide a Key

Guide a Key is a team of students from Desmond College, Newcastle West comprising of Emma Herbert (Managing Director) and fellow directors Eamonn Browne, Eoin Considine, Seamus Hurley and Diarmuid Curtin , transition year students.We have designed and manufactured a device, which aids people with limited dexterity inserting their key into the lock. The device is affixed on to the area around the keyhole; the user then simply slides their key into the top part of the device, which then guides their key into the keyhole. It works with any standard front door lock and comes compete with full instructions. In addition to establishing our own business we have created our own website, Facebook, Snapchat, Linked In and Twitter accounts. The product is selling well as people appreciate the unique selling points; this innovative product has to offer. For more information, type Guide a Key into Facebook!

 Medical File Safe Box

                               Medical File Safe Box

My name is Jack Ryan, I am a transition year student in Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick. My product is the Medical File Safe Box. It is designed to securely store a patient’s full health care record at ward level thereby allowing ward staff to work more efficiently, as they will have better access to records, while also freeing up space at the nurses station on the ward. 

La Joie

La Joie

We are Siobhra - Managing Director, Rachel - Marketing and Sales Director, Sophie – Secretary and HR Manager, Saoirse - Production Director and Safety Officer and Mary – Office and Finance Director from St. Caimin’s Community College, Shannon, Co. Clare. La Joie is a fun and informative learning experience for children in preschools to learn the French language and be immersed in the culture. Using puppets, music and interactive games every child gets involved. We have been operating since October 2014 with the future lifespan of the company depending on the future growth of the company. The target market is children in preschool, parents interested in their children learning a new language and preschool teachers.

CO detection 

                            Co Detection

We are CO detection from the Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick. Our company is made up of five members: Eoin O'Shaughnessy, Alex Griffin, Evan Kiely, Kevin Moran and Sean Blackwell. Our product is a Carbon monoxide key ring alarm. It was developed to try and make people more aware of the potentially fatal dangers of high levels of Carbon Monoxide exposure. When Carbon Monoxide is detected the alarm sounds alerting the user that they may be in danger. Our target market is everyone, as Carbon Monoxide doesn’t discriminate!



SmartStudy Company has designed a website called the AlphaKey that is mobile accessible, like an app, for educational keywords in various subjects across the curriculum. It’s for Junior & Senior level students and teachers if they need it. OurBusiness aims to make study easier and more efficient for students, and to assist providers of education with the AlphaKey. There are nine students involved in the company: Marina Mayor Rocher, Abi McDonagh, Julia Titilincu, Tara Griffin, Jordanna Cassidy, Elaine Moylan, Megan Lee, and Aoife Boyle,Presentation Secondary School, Galway City.

Snap Table

                                               Snap Table

SnapTable was established in October 2014 when we brainstormed innovative ideas. Our product is a key-ring that contains a pull out timetable which snaps back after use. The timetable itself is entirely customisable to each individual customer’s needs but it is clearly a product that will make life easier for every customer. Our main target audience is students as SnapTable acts as an aid to help remind students of the times and locations of all of their classes and is provided in an easily accessible, compact pull-out and snap back format on a key-ring that students can attach to their school bags or pencil cases.

Of course SnapTable is not just for kids! Keeping fit and active is now a huge market so we will be hoping that gyms and outdoor fitness clubs will “snap” up our product. There are many other exciting uses for the SnapTable product which we intend to develop as we establish our production, distribution, sales and marketing channels. Calasanctius College, Oranmore, Co. Galway. 

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