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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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Celebrating 125 years By “Making Maths Matter” with Northern Trust in Limerick & Dublin!

To add to its 125th anniversary celebrations, Northern Trust partnered with JAI to enable 6th class students from St. Munchin’s Girls N.S., St. Munchin's, CBS, Limerick and City Quay N.S., Dublin 2 to “Make Maths Matter” last term

Make Maths Matter is designed to stimulate an excitement in students about maths, targeting them at a young age (11/12 years) and presenting maths in an interactive, entertaining and very accessible manner by taking it out of the classroom and into the world of work. 

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 “Students learned a different approach to maths and the events really helped them to see the value and presence of maths in their everyday lives – one of the most fundamental aims of the primary school curriculum – and that is no easy feat. The activities were brilliant and all the facilitators were great with the children – they helped revisit and consolidate maths learning. The element of group-work worked really well and encouraged involvement and inclusion for everyone. The level of facilitation by the Northern Trust volunteers made all the difference.” 

Zoe Sanfey, 6th class teacher, St. Munchin’s C.B.S., Limerick 

The finale of the project was a maths through sports camp where the students were involved in challenges such as skipping, basketball, penalty shootouts and bowling. The morning's activties allowed students to use maths to work out averages, percentages and fractions as well as enjoying some friendly competition. 

 Thanks to all involved from Northern Trust in both Limerick and Dublin.

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Teresa Leahy

Teresa CroppedTeresa joined Junior Achievement as Area Manager for the Mid West Region in 2004. Teresa has a Diploma in Personnel Management and was previously employed with Kerry Foods as HR Officer covering sites across Ireland. From 1989 to 1996 she lived in London and worked for Arthur Andersen, Accountants in the HR role as Group Administrator

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