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Working It Out with Marine Harvest in Castletownbere

web smallMarine Harvest volunteers with students after their "Working It Out" maths through sport event

Staff at Marine Harvest in Castletownbere went back to school for the day to take part in the “Working it Out” event with 93 students from Scoil An Chroí Ró Naofa (Castletownbere), Scoil Chaitigheirn (Eyeries) and Urhan National School (Eyeries).

"Working It Out" enables Marine Harvest staff to introduce classical maths concepts to students through fun sports activities in which they applied maths to everyday life and discovered the importance of maths for future careers

The students worked in teams with their Marine Harvest volunteers to complete sports circuits in which they then completed a mathematical calculation based on their results. Addition, multiplication, fractions, percentages all took on a new importance as the students focused on the completion of the task in their efforts to be crowned the winning team.

Principal Anne McNally, Scoil An Croi Naofa, said: “This event has been wonderful for our students; it’s so important that they link what they learn in school to the wider community. Meeting the team from Marine Harvest is enabling our students to value local enterprise and the opportunities for future careers here in Castletownbere.”

Maurice Kelly, HR Manager, Marine Harvest said: “We are always delighted with the opportunity to give something back to the communities we are a part of and the Junior Achievement Ireland workshops are always an enriching and worthwhile investment of our employee’s time. We are always eager to help in whatever way we can in developing the youth of today into leaders of tomorrow.”

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Otter Products Close their Business to Open their Hearts to the Local Community

WP 20180222 026 All Otter Products staff volunteered!JAI was delighted to partner with global technology leader Otter Products as they joined their US parent company for "Close2Open” where the business closes for the day and invites all their employees to give back to their local community. All 35 employees in the Otter Products Cork office gave their time and talents to deliver entrepreneurship workshops to 230 young students in 6 Cork City Schools, almost 300 volunteer hours in just one day. The Our Nation workshop for 9/10 year olds introduced students to business ownership and the skills necessary to identify and develop a business.

WP 20180222 017Introducing Entrepreneurship to studentsOtter Products, through their OtterCares philanthropic foundation, have a core mission to champion innovative education that inspires young people to go on to create lasting and impactful change in their communities.  The Our Nation workshop was a perfect fit for the OtterCares youth entrepreneurship education mission.

Participating schools in the Cork “Close2Open” initiative included Togher Boys School, St Marie’s of the Isle Primary School, St Columba’s Girls National School and Facility for Deaf Children, St Brendan’s National School, Scoil Mhuire Fatima and Glasheen Boys National School. 

On behalf of Otter Products, Barrie Collins, Managing Director, EMEA  said “We are delighted to support Cork schools by reinforcing the value of education and cultivating entrepreneurial thinking and skills among young students. We are privileged to support these early innovators as they begin their journey into entrepreneurship.” 

Togher Boys Class photoExcited students from Togher Boys School with their Otter Products volunteers


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PM Skills for Life in Cork

The PM Skills for Life Project has been ongoing in Cork during 2017/18

The PM Skills for Life Project is a collaborative initiative between the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) JAIt. Several volunteers from Cork based DELL EMC have been delivering the programme modules to four TY classes in three local schools- Glanmire Community College, Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig and Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown. 

IMG 20180201 WA0002Dell EMC volunteer Trevor O’Sullivan with students from Coláiste and Spioraid NaoimhDPogexBWkAApc sStudents from Glanmire Community School put their project management skills to the test

TY students are working on the PM Skills for Life programme to become familiar with the core principles of project management. The programme enables students to develop, carry out and evaluate a project of their own. Now in it’s second year, the initiative aims to reach 600 students nationwide. 

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Stryker Ireland Promote Science and Technology Skills

Volunteers from Stryker Ireland, one of JAI's long standing supporters in the Munster region and one of the world's leading medical technology companies, deliver a range of JA primary and second level programmes to students in Cork schools each year. Stryker employ over 2,200 people at numerous locations in Limerick and Cork.

In November 2017 a team of six volunteers from the Stryker site in Carrigtwohill visited Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Carrigtwohill to deliver Our Universe, one of JA's STEM programmes designed for primary school students. Sixth class students participated in activities from the Our Universe programme as volunteers guided them through the various modules which included conducting a C.S.I. experiment, examining the properties of light and building a periscope.

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Vice Principal of Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Val Quigley, expressed gratitude to the Stryker employees who volunteered: “The volunteers delivered the programme with enthusiasm and professionalism. The students were engaged, challenged and motivated to learn through the excellent content of the programme.”

IMG 0056Stryker volunteers with sixth class students from Scoil Mhuire Naofa

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JAI Partners with Alcon Laboratories in Cork

AlconVolunteer Katie Ward from Alcon Laboratories delivered the Smart Futures workshop to 5th year students in St Vincent’s Secondary School, Cork

Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) is delighted to welcome Alcon Laboratories Ireland Ltd, a division of the Norvatis group, as our latest new company partner in the Cork region. Alcon is a leading medical device manufacturer based on the Model Farm Road and has been operating in Cork City for over 25 years.

JAI works with both primary and second level schools in the Cork area and this new partnership with Alcon is great news for our Cork schools who are looking forward to meeting and working with Alcon staff as they deliver a range of in-classroom JA programmes.

The first nine Alcon business volunteers have already been recruited and placed into local schools. The volunteers are delivering programmes to students from Senior Infants to Leaving Cert and, as a science industry partner, many of the Alcon business volunteers are opting to deliver one of the many JA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programmes.  

We look forward to introducing many more Alcon volunteers to Cork students in the months to come.

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