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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). 

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‘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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Janssen mark International Men's Day 2016

On 19th November 50 students from Nagle Community College, Mahon and St. Peter's Community College, Passage West were hosted by the Janssen group of companies in Cork to recognsise International Men’s Day 2016.  

International Men's Day aims to celebrate students postive achievements and their contributions to their community, school and places of work. It’s objectives include focusing on gender equality, inproving gender relations and highlightling positive male role models. Janssen have been a commited supporter of this international event which is celebrated annually in over 80 countries.

CxzFbjyWgAAaoypStaff from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Little Island with students from Nagle Community College

Nagle Community College visited Janssen Pharmaceutical, Little Island to learn about some of the different roles available in a pharmaceutical business in Ireland today. St. Peter’s Community College were the gusts of Janssen Biologics in Ringaskiddy, where the staff shared a little of their work and life experience with the students. Both groups were also given a site tour.

Speaking at the event, Cliona O’Geran, said “The Diversity and Inclusion Team were delighted to welcome the students to Janssen on International Men’s day. It was great to offer an insight into the work we do here and it was a opportunity for students to engage with our staff and discover the career possibilites available to them."

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Cork Embraces Science Week 2016

CxtjLneWgAAC OXThe Junior Achievement Famous Scientist QuizNovember 13th-21st saw a wealth of activity accross the country in honour of Science week 2016. Junior Achievement was involved in a number of initiatives across Cork City.

Celebrate Science Open Day was the fist of two large family days as part of Cork Science Festival 2016. On Sunday November 13th, the Western Gateway Buidling at UCC was filled with over 30 different demonstrations and displays for adults and children, including a Junior Achievement science workshop.

CxeYPggXgAI0XKtStudents testing their forensic science skills in Tory To Library, Ballyphehane

During the week the Cork City Library Network hosted several workshops for local primary school groups. Students got the chance to get some hand-on experience of what it's like to work as a scientist or and engineer. They tested their science skills and examined the role it plays in industry in Ireland today.

The weeks schedule came to a close with the inaugural Community Festival of Science at the Neptune Stadium in Blackpool on Sunday November 20th.  The event was a showcase for many of Cork's scientists, researches and science educators. Visitors to the Junior Achievement stand were asked to test their knowledge by attempting the Famous Scientist Quiz.

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Junior Achievement Celebrates 20 years of Success in the Cork Region

Donal Og students MathsDónal Óg Cusack with students from Glasheen Girls National SchoolJunior Achievement Ireland (JAI) was joined by Cork businesses, teachers, students and special guest All Ireland Cork Hurler Dónal Óg Cusack to celebrate 20 years of industry-education partnerships. in Cork. This event was kindly hosted by Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors, Citygate.

The morning event focused on the JAI mission to inspire and motivate primary and second level students to make the most of their potential by valuing education and understanding how to succeed in the world of work. Special guest Dónal Óg Cusack reflecting on the JAI mission quoted Albert Einstein “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Business Volunteers play the Global Connections ActivityBusiness Volunteers play the Global Connections Activity The breakfast briefing attendees experienced first hand the learning impacts of a Junior Achievement (JA) programme as 6th class students from Glasheen Girls National School shared their experience of the 'Our World' programme which was delivered by business volunteer Siobhan Bowden from Johnson Controls.  The students demonstrated their newly-acquired knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). They shared their learnings on how technology and communications are critical growth areas in the global marketplace and demonstrated their knowledge of entrepreneurship and global trade connections.

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