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Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin face down the "Dragons" at Kerry Ingredients and Flavours

6th class students from Gaelscoil Carrig Uí Leighin with staff from Kerry6th class students from Galscoil Charrig Uí Leighin with staff from Kerry

6th Class students from Gaelscoil Charrig Uí Leighin recently brought their business ideas and innovations to the “Dragon’s” at Kerry Ingredients and Flavours EMEA (Kerry), Kilnagleary, Carrigaline. “Junior Dragon’s Den” is a Junior Achievement (JA) event, delivered with Corporate Partner, Kerry Ingredients and Flavours EMEA. Kerry invited the students into the Carrigaline facility where the students pitched their business ideas to a panel eager to find the next big business success and the entrepreneurs of the future. 

In advance of the event the students were assisted by JA staff to help them brainstorm business ideas and compile business plans before making a presentation to their peers, teachers and the “Dragons” on 31st of May in Kerry.

The “Dragons Den” event is part of an overall world of work experience for the 6th class students.   At Kerry the students were welcomed into the “world of work” environment. A series of introductions to onsite careers and a stint in the Kerry Laboratories for hands-on science experiments creates a valuable experience for all of the participating students.

Success at Dragons Den event in Kerry Ingredients FlavoursStudents pitched their business ideas to the Dragons

Janet Barry, Kerry Ingredients and Flavours, said recently, “Here at Kerry we really look forward to what is now an annual “Dragon’s Den” event with Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin. Our staff are now expert “Dragons” who year on year are challenged by and inspired by the 6th Year students. Located here on the edge of Carrigaline, Kerry and our staff are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the local community and contribute to the educational journey of young people in the area.

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Finance Your Future Highlighting Financial Literacy in Cork Schools

Students in Cork have been participating in the Finance Your Future programme during 2016/17. The programme, sponsored by the MetLife Foundation, is designed to enable students to understand how to manage their own personal finances and to link education and career choices with the work of work.

Over 300 students from 9 secondary schools in Cork completed the programme this year.  The programme was delivered by business volunteers from a range of supporting organisations in Cork including KPMG, Musgrave, Johnson Controls, Gas Networks Ireland, Janssen, Stryker, AIB and BNY Mellon. Over the course of five weeks, students were given the opportunity discuss issues such as the value of your education, earning potential, insurance, pensions and balancing your own personal budget.

5th years St Aloysius IWD 4TY Students from St. Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill

A TY student from St. Aidan’s Community College Ballyvolane commented “I learned that it is vital to save money and look ahead to your future. It’s also important to finish school and get a good Leaving Cert as it opens up so many doors and gives you opportunities. I enjoyed this programme a lot.

Rodger OConnor 3Students from St. Aidan’s Community College completed the programme with volunteer Rodger O’Connor from Gas Networks Ireland

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Gas Networks Ireland Promoting Science in Cork Primary Schools

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Gas Networks Ireland, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, has brought the Our Universe programme to over 900 Cork students in 2016/17. The programme introduces science through practical and engaging classroom-based lessons and is designed to encourage primary school students to continue with science as they transition to second level.

Our Universe 3Students from Scoil na Croise Naofa, Mahon during the 'Rainbows to Lasers' classDuring the school year volunteers from various organisations in Cork have facilitated the in-classroom programme, which is an integral part of Gas Networks Ireland’s commitment to fostering students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Our Universe comprises five modules spanning the fundamentals of science while highlighting its value to young people in their everyday lives. Students solve a crime using forensic science, investigate the properties of natural gas , examine the properties of light and learn about the human body. Promoting STEM to primary school students in a fun and interactive way is crucial in promoting a positive attitude to science.

Aileen Casey Janssen bio6th class students from Star of the Sea N.S. in Passage West on completion of the Our Universe programme

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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

IMG 5933Lord 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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