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Mid West

AXA Promote Entrepreneurship Skills in Clare

AXA group photo students with volunteersA team of six volunteers from AXA Partners - Credit and Lifestyle Protection in Shannon recently facilitated a JA ‘Your Business – Presenting for Success’ workshop with 1st Year students from Ardscoil Mhuire, Secondary School in Limerick

The workshop enabled students, through interactive activities, to understand the expectations and challenges of designing new products and presenting these ideas to their peers, teachers and the AXA team.

With guidance from the AXA volunteers students focused on developing their creative ideas, interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills. Participating students were also treated to a tour of the facility including the games area!

AXA STW with one of the teams at workJennifer Heelan from AXA Partners – Credit and Lifestyle Protection said:  “It was a pleasure working with students from Ardscoil Mhuire.  The workshop was designed to challenge and inspire students as they work towards their Junior Certificate exams, it was a very enjoyable day. The girls were great to work with and had some very interesting ideas".

Jean Dore, teacher at Ardscoil Mhuire, Limerick said: “I felt the students were very interactive and responded very well to their volunteer and the challenge that was presented to them. The assignment on the day is very similar to what they will have to do with CBA (Classroom Based Assignment) next year in business. The main benefits of this workshop and day came in the form of helping to open the students up to the differences and challenges of a new environment. 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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Students in the Mid West Project Manage their Future

Students Teachers DellEMC volunteers who attended the recent Project Management Innovation CampTransition year students from 3 local secondary schools in the Mid West region were represented as part of only 30 students nominated to take part in a PM Skills for Life Innovation Camp which was held in Dell EMC on Thursday 17th May.

The Innovation Camp celebrated young project managers from the Mid West region who have excelled during the completion of the PM Skills for Life programme, a collaborative initiative between the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and JAI.

During the Innovation Camp students enjoyed a masterclass with Project Managers in Dell EMC, who spoke about the importance of project management in the modern workforce.   Students completed an advanced project management workshop, which took place in the ‘Thinkubator’ and shared their key learnings as project managers.

IMG 3511The PM Skills for Life programme enabled students to understand, plan, carry out, monitor and evaluate a project of their own with the support of a project management professional. 580 transition year students from 18 schools across Ireland took part this year.

Participating students also completed PMIEF’s student badging programme, in which they sat an examination to assess their project management knowledge acquisition and retention. On successful completion 48 students in the Mid West region were awarded the Fundamentals of Project Management digital badge, which verifies their project management proficiency.

WP 20180517 10 53 32 ProAs part of their programme students from Castletroy College organised a very successful fundraiser to raise money for the homeless, students from Ardscoil Mhuire in Corbally organised a Junk Couture fashion show for 1st year students to celebrate International Women’s Day while students from St. Caimin’s Community School organised a very successful fundraising Bingo night. All events were organised from conception to completion by the students as they put into practice the project management skills they learned through the PM Skills for Life programme.

Geraldine McGrath TY Coordinator Castletroy College said: “The students now have an excellent understanding of project management and developed key communication, teamwork and presentation skills. I would like to thank volunteers Eoghan Toomey, Aisling Brennan, and Orla Mullane from Dell EMC for taking the time to work with our students. I would also like to thank Dell EMC for hosting the Innovation Camp which really underlined the importance and relevance of project management in their company.”

Jeannette L. Barr, PMIEF Executive Director, said: “In the 21st century, the demand for skilled project managers is at an all-time high as organisations continue to focus on higher productivity and greater customer satisfaction with minimum resources. The PMI Educational Foundation is delighted to have joined with Junior Achievement Ireland to educate students on the importance of project management as a skill set they will need for college, career, and lifelong success.”

Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland, said: “We are grateful to PMIEF for the resources to run this initiative, and appreciate all of the time and expertise of our expert project management volunteers to promote student learning. Project management is both a practical 21st century life skill as well as critical business skill. Through experiential learning and a hands-on introduction to project management these students are better prepared for future success and have developed skills that will be beneficial to them irrespective of the career path they choose.”

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GE Capital Aviation Services promote STEM to Students!

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35 students from Laurel Hill Colaiste in Limerick recently celebrated Science Week with GE Capital Aviation Services in Shannon.

Volunteers from GECAS Women’s Network assisted the students in becoming Civil Engineers for the day! The GECAS team included Denise Mangan-Fahy, Siobhan Connolly, Brid Keating, Eleanor O’Connell, Deirdre Norris, Reiltin Power, Marcella Mc Elligott, Alison Barry, and Johanna Sandbichler.

The students were tasked with using their burgeoning engineering skills to build bridges with paper that were wide enough to pass a large item underneath..... and could hold 2 litre bottles of water!

For two decades, the Women's Network has provided professional development opportunities for the many thousands of women across the globe working at GE.

One student commented on their experience: ‘I really enjoyed our day, it was very interesting to hear about the different careers in GECAS. It was great to work in a team with our mentor on the day, I enjoyed the challenge…..after the visit I reconsidered my options about a career in aviation and engineering”.

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Limerick Students Celebrate Maths Week in Northern Trust

WebNorthern Trust volunteer Rob Gleeson helps students to calculate how much they would pay for a taxi trip around Ireland

To celebrate National Maths Week Northern Trust Limerick invited local students from St. John’s Girls and Infants Boys School, Cathedral Place to their offices to take part in an exciting Count4Success maths workshop.

With the support of 11 volunteers from Northern Trust students learned how maths plays an important part in their careers. During the Count4Success workshop students practiced simple arithmetic, worked in teams to solve maths puzzles, practiced their ability to perform mental calculations and used their problem solving skills.

Teacher Anne Harrington said that the “the visit to Northern Trust today was fantastic.  It was extremely beneficial for the students to see a business environment first hand and particularly one that could highlight the importance of maths. The maths challenges were engaging and enjoyable and demonstrated to the students the many ways maths is used in everyday life. I would like to thank Northern Trust for a great day and in particular thanks to all the volunteers who worked so well with all the students.” Web 2What a team! A group of very enthuasiastic volunteers from Northern Trust

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Northern Trust Celebrate IWD in Limerick


Students from Coláiste Nano Nagle, Sexton Street, Limerick recently enjoyed a visit to Northern Trust to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017.

As part of their JA Success Skills programme, delivered by volunteer Mairead Ryan from Northern Trust, students learned skills such as building rapport, influencing others, teamwork and interview techniques.  This was followed by a school to work day visit to Northern Trust.

The day was opened by a Janet Meehan, Manager at Northern Trust and a past pupil of Colaiste Nano Nagle.  Janet impressed on the girls the importance of the skills they had learned in both their work and personal lives.

With the assistance of 13 volunteers from Northern trust, students participated in very successful mock interviews and learned more about the many different careers in the organisation.  The day culminated with students being welcomed by GM Catherine Duffy to the new offices of Northern Trust City East Plaza where they were given a tour of the new building.

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