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My Future My Business for Cork students

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28 companies will host over 850 Cork students across a wide variety of sectors including science, technology, engineering, hospitality and media thanks to the My Future My Business supported by Tomar Trust.

My Future My Business offers 1st and 4th year students active learning engagement with business professionals. These business professionals, and working role models, deliver programmes and workshops that help students to see the relevance of their studies and post-school career choices and building bridges between learning and ambition.

Tomar Trust 2The project involves nine secondary schools  in Cork City and County including Mayfield Community School, Terence MacSwiney Community College and North Monastery Secondary School.

Workshops in the Workplace are just one element of the six week programme which have become hugely impactful for the participating students as they gain insights into real-world working environments. Companies and their volunteers have  found the Workshops in the Workplace to be equally rewarding, as well as an effective way of providing students with an overview of careers and opportunities that are available.

Some of the companies participating this year are RED FM, Mckesson Healthcare, Vienna Woods Pairc Ui Chaoimh, EPS Group, Blizzard Entertainment; Voxpro; Wisetech; CoreHR and Teamwork. Thank you to all participating companies and Tomar Trust for their continuing support.

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Cork ETB Students Celebrated at the Enabling Entrepreneurship Showcase in Millennium Hall

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New business ideas by students from six Further Education Colleges in Cork City and County were celebrated at a showcase in Millenium Hall today. The showcase exhibition was the culmination of Enabling Entrepreneurship, a unique six week in-college programme run in partnership with Cork Education and Training Board (CorkETB) and JAI and delivered by volunteers from local businesses.

Entrepreneurship 012Business ideas ranged from sustainable farm holiday accommodation to goat weed management, fun educational websites to litter prevention tools.

CorkETB is committed to offering their students a learning experience that presents an opportunity for students to engage in entrepreneurial activity and foster an interest in business development.

Cork Companies PWC, Richard Cotter Engineering, AIB and Mallow Chamber of Commerce  gave their staff the opportunity to deliver the Enabling Entrepreneurship programme to students in each college. JAI trained and resourced the business volunteers before they delivered the six week programme which explored Idea Generation, Pitching, Market Research, Marketing and Business Planning. With this knowledge the students went on to develop a business idea, product prototypes and marketing plans which they exhibited in Cork’s Millennium Hall. Enabling Entrepreneurship students participated in the programme alongside their college academic courses. 

Mary Lenihan of CorkETB commented: “We at CorkETB are delighted to support the Enabling Entrepreneurship programme which cultivates student entrepreneurial thinking and mind-sets. The standard has been incredibly high, which is a testament to the dedication of the students in exploring entrepreneurship.”

Entrepreneurship 007Such is the level of commitment in Cork to supporting and developing entrepreneurship education and new business start-ups that Cork City Local Enterprise Office, North and West Cork Local Enterprise Office as well as a large number of Cork entrepreneurs also supported the programme.  Students enjoyed an extended programme of seminars including a masterclass in Presentation Skills, a signposting of Local Enterprise Office Supports and ‘Life of the Entrepreneur’ seminars.

Eileen Doyle of Cork City Local Enterprise Office said: “Entrepreneurship education provides essential student learnings that foster entrepreneurial attitudes and skills and ensures that Cork continues to be a beacon for entrepreneurship.”

Data highlights the significant social and societal impacts to support the provision of wide-ranging entrepreneurial educational experiences for students while in formal education.  A recent European Commission report concluded that students participating in entrepreneurship education are more likely to start their own business and their companies tend to be more innovative and more successful than those led by persons without entrepreneurship education backgrounds. Furthermore entrepreneurship education alumni are at lower risk of being unemployed, and are more often in steady employment.

Entrepreneurship 021Liz McAvoy, Cork Area Manager, JA Ireland said: “Thanks to the support of CorkETB, and other partners, participating students have learned the benefits of an entrepreneurial mind-set, been introduced to the elements of a successful business start-up and developed their own product or service. Through their journey they have also had the full support and expertise of a trained business volunteer from a local Cork business. We are privileged to support these local innovators as they begin their journey into entrepreneurship.

 JAI works with 37 Cork industry partners and almost 100 education partners in the Cork region to inspire and motivate students to realise their potential and see a future for themselves in the world of work. 

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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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