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Cork City Council Promote Business and Life Skills

Local schools in Cork continue to enjoy a successful link with Cork City Council

Cork City Council Recognition eventLord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Des Cahill with Cork City Council volunteers

In November 2016, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Des Cahill welcomed Cork City Council staff volunteers to the Council Chambers to celebrate their contribution to city schools in delivering JA programmes. Cork City Council has been a valuable partner since 2006, indeed almost 100 Cork City Council staff volunteers have delivered JA programmes to students - from Senior Infants to Leaving Cert - during that time.

Lord Mayor Cllr. Des Cahill said, “The generosity of our staff at Cork City Council in giving their time to deliver Junior Achievement programmes to the young students of Cork is such a display of good citizenship. I am confident that their efforts will be rewarded with good citizens of the future. I am are very proud of our Junior Achievement volunteers here in Cork City Council and I congratulate Junior Achievement on 20 years of supporting the youth of Ireland.”

So far this year, 12 Cork City Council staff members have facilitated programmes in primary and secondary schools in Cork city centre, reaching almost 240 students. TY students from Mayfield Community School visited the City Hall recently and were hosted by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Joe Kavanagh and long-standing Junior Achievement volunteer Marcella Whelan-Kelly. The school has a long relationship with Junior Achievement and several Cork City Council volunteers have delivered programmes in the school over the years.

Mayfield visit 2Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh; Cork City Council staff; TY students and accompanying teachers from Mayfield Community School

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Janssen Invite Students to Explore the World of Bioscience

On 7th of April 2017 two groups of 5th year science students from Regina Mundi College and St. Aloysius College were hosted by Janssen Sciences Ireland UC and Janssen Pharmaceutical Sciences UC respectively.

Visiting school staff and students were given the opportunity to learn about some of the different roles available to the students in a pharmaceutical business in Ireland today. Members of the Diversity and Inclusion Team welcomed the students and gave a brief introduction to the Cork operation, along with the history of the Johnson & Johnson group. Following this, the visitors were given a tour of the plant and met some employees who outlined their career path and hosted a Q&A session with students.

5th years St Aloysius IWDStudents from St. Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill during their visit to Janssen Pharmaceutical Sciences UC in Little Island

Pierce deCourcy, Career Guidance teacher in Regina Mundi College commented: “I want to thank Janssen and Junior Achievement Ireland for this opportunity. The students learned a lot and they were so impressed with the friendliness and accessibility of everyone who interacted with them. It also showed them realistic and achievable pathways into industry and STEM careers in general. It also gives Subject Teachers another way of linking their subject to actual jobs and careers.

WP 20170406 10 35 00 Pro 2Students from Regina Mundi during a tour of the Janssen Sciences UC site in Ringaskiddy


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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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