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Gas Networks Ireland mark Engineers Week in Cork

Gas Networks Ireland

GNI2Students received an office tourNovember 13th-21st saw a wealth of activity across the country in recognition of Engineers Week 2017.

In Cork, Gas Networks Ireland hosted a group of Transition year student’s from St. Aidan's Community College, Ballyvolane for a workplace visit to the nationwide HQ on Gasworks Road. 

Students were given an introduction to the organisation and also met employees from the Engineering, HR and Facilites Management departments who described their roles in the company. They were given a tour of the office and were given an overview of the nationwide network. 

GNI5Students are greeted in the boardroom in Gasworks Road



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Scoil Mhuire Victorious in Clár Comhlachta Munster Final

Údarás na Gaeltachta - Clár Comhlachta Regional Final Winners Announced

Two emerging enterprises founded by local students in the Cork and Kerry Gaeltacht areas have been crowned joint winners of the Údarás na Gaeltachta - Clár Comhlachta Munster Regional Final.

After an intense day of competition, kindly hosted in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, ‘Nuair a bhí mé Óg’ from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, An Daingean, Co. Kerry and ‘Scrubs agus Scíth’ from Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh, Co. Cork were chosen to progress and represent their region in the National Final of the Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na gComhlachtaí.

Students from Scoil Mhuire Béal Átha n Ghaorthaidh accepting their prize from Údarás na Gaeltachta Regional Manager Dónal Ó Liatháin Judges Muireann Nic Giolla Ruaidh Dingle Cookery School and Máire Ní Shé ÚdarásStudents from Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha nGhaorthaidh, accepting their prize from Údarás na Gaeltachta Regional Manager Dónal Ó Liatháin and Judges Muireann Nic Giolla Ruaidh and Máire Ní Shé

Clár na gComhlachta is a hands-on business learning experience developed and delivered in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and is taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in Gaeltacht regions. 500 Transition Year students from Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry Mayo, Meath & Waterford have participated this year and challenged themselves to create, operate and manage their very own business. The programme provided students with numerous opportunities for the development and reinforcement of important business, academic and leadership skills, which will be invaluable to them in the future. The participants in Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh were guided throughout the programme by local business volunteer, Nóra Hayes from Bárd na nGleann.

The judging panel comprising Máire Ní Shé, Údarás na Gaeltachta, and Muireann Nic Giolla Ruaidh, Scoil Chócaireacht an Daingin (Dingle Cookery School), were thoroughly impressed with the entrepreneurial flair and particularly the level of preparation invested by the students, their teachers and business mentors to ensure they presented their enterprises in the best possible light.

It was obvious that the teams had taken full advantage of the opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial talent. The Regional Final is a real test of nerve as each team must participate in an interview with the judging panel and also make a public presentation in front of their fellow student entrepreneurs, the judges and other invited guests. Each of the young entrepreneurs rose to the challenge of having their business acumen tested by the panel of judges and represented their schools and families with great distinction.

Údarás na Gaeltachta Regional Manager, Dónal Ó Liatháin commented: “It was fantastic to witness such enterprising young people at the Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár Comhlachta Regional Final. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their business ideas indicates that enterprise in the Gaeltacht areas is in safe hands. Údarás na Gaeltachta are proud to help promote student entrepreneurship and I’m sure we will be seeing more of these young entrepreneurs in the future."

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Cork Students are Futurewize

photoVolunteer Frank Hallissey from PM Group with fist year students from Nagle Community College, Mahon

Junior Achievement’s newest classroom based programme, Futurewize, is currently being rolled out in Cork. Futurewise encourages students to explore career possibilities that are opened up through the study of STEM related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). It is jointly-sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland and industry partner Fidelity Investments.

The programme has been well received in a number of local schools including St. Aloysius Secondary School, Coláiste Daibhéid, St. Aloysius College and Nagle Community College. First years from Nagle Community College in Mahon recently completed the programme with volunteer Frank Hallissey from PM Group. Sandy O’Shaugnessy, Science teacher at the school, said “It was a great programme. It was brilliant to introduce Frank, one of our past pupils to my 1st year students.  It was a really positive experience for the students.”

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'Vision 2020’ - Collaborating to Help Young Cork People Succeed

Access to Education, Bridge to Employment Initiative. Phase Four.

Thursday 19th of January saw the launch of ‘Vision 2020’, the next phase of the Johnson & Johnson supported programme ‘Access to Education, Bridge to Empolyment' at the Ambassador Hotel, Cork. The programme, now in its 11th year, aims to encourage students in Cork City to stay in school and progress to further and higher level education, with a particular focus on STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). 

Committee professional photo

‘Access to Education, Bridge to Employment’ works with three schools in the City – Terence McSwiney Community College, North Monastery Secondary School and Mayfield Community School. Partners in the programme include Johnson & Johnson’s Cork based companies: Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, Janssen Pharmaceutical Sciences Unlimited Company, DePuy Synthes; local education partners including Cork Institute of Technology, University College Cork and Cork Education and Training Board, along with Junior Achievement Ireland and Business in the Community, which serve as enabling agencies. 

Speaking at the launch held at the Ambassador Hotel, Liz Dooley, Director Operations, Janssen Supply Chain Ireland, said: “Johnson & Johnson is delighted to support the continuation of this programme. It is imperative that we do everything we can to encourage young minds to pursue educational opportunities including higher education. As a past mentor, I have seen the impact you can have on attitudes to industries such as STEM simply by encouraging participation with the subject at a young age.” 

The programme aims to support long-term collaboration and partnership amongst business, schools, community-based organisations and parents to help young people build a better future. While student-focused, the programme fully recognises the role of teachers and parents in helping students to reach their full potential. The programme also aims to build student confidence and widen horizons through interaction with significant adults who will mentor them, provide them information and support them in carving out a career path. 

Phase Four of the the programme will work with current third year students who will sit their Leaving Certificate in 2020. 

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J&J Pilot a New Science Initiative Aimed at Women

The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) family of companies in Cork have rolled out a new science initiative, WiSTEM2D, in partnership with JAI. WiSTEM2D stands for Woman in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Manufacturing and Design. The initiative was part of a worldwide pilot with Cork chosen as one of the European pilot locations. The programme has been developed by J&J in the US in collaboration with Junior Achievement Worldwide and development agency FHI360.

ARTICLE JPEG WISTEM mapThe worldwide locations for the WiSTEM2D initiative

A team of volunteers from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Biologics and DePuy Synthes visited five local schools in Cork to present the WiSTEM2D workshops. Fifth and Sixth class students learned about diabetes disease and how to manage it, they examined the process of producing new medicines and explored practical engineering challenges.

ARTICLE JPEG volunteersWiSTEM2D volunteers from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Biologics and DePuy Synthes

Following this pilot phase, J&J hope to advance the WiSTEM2D education of young women and girls globally through community-based partnerships to reach over 1 million females by 2020.


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