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Europe4U comes to Mercy College, Galway

Winners of the EU Quiz GermanyWinners of the EU Quiz - GermanyOver 50 students in Mercy Secondary School, Newtownsmith, Galway took part in an exciting Europe4U event recently which was organised by Junior Achievement Ireland with the support of the Communicating Europe Initiative in the Department of the Taoiseach.  The aim of the project was to increase the awareness of students of the role the European Union plays on their lives.

The Europe4U initiative was made up of interactive workshops for Transition Year students demonstrating the advantages of being EU citizens, looking at the rights that come with EU citizenship, the role of the European Union and Irelands place in Europe.

Facilitators of the event included Margaret Teahen and Dejan Savic from Oracle and Niamh Grealish & Ray Fogarty of Junior Achievement Ireland. After taking part in the Europe4U event as a business volunteer I see it as a great opportunity for teenagers, who may not otherwise be exposed to such information, to learn and gain an understanding of what it means to be part of Europe. I would strongly support this initiative being rolled out to other schools so that these students become more aware of their place within Europe and how it can impact their lives.” Margaret Teahan, Oracle.

Students examining EU posters during fact finding activityStudents examining EU posters during a fact finding activity

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SAP - Skills for a Brighter Future

All students  teachers during visit to SAP2

SAP SSC (Ireland) Ltd. Galway recently hosted 50 Transition Year students from Archbishop McHale College, Tuam; Presentation Secondary School, Galway and Mercy Secondary School, Tuam at their Galway facility as part of the GMIT Future Skills Project.

SAP volunteers Grace McNally, Padraig Devery, Gesine Stanienda and Hayden Simpson shared their personal career experiences and facilitated workshops on topics including: cultural awareness, career development pathways and employability skills. 

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Roche Ireland -Volunteering to Help Students Transform Ambition into Achievement

 Roche Volunteers with Certs Compressed

Roche Ireland volunteers were recognised recently for volunteering in local schools.

If you know what you want your tomorrow or your ten years from tomorrow to look like, what do you need to do TODAY to help transform ambition into achievement? Investing time with the young people of today, encouraging them to stay in school and to maximise their opportunities is a win-win for the individuals themselves and for our society.

The involvement of Roche staff in JA programmes serves to complement the great work of our schools and teachers. The programme content and the training provided to business volunteers are designed to complement the volunteer’s own commitment in encouraging the students to see links between their studies and the real world.

One local principal, Martin Moloney, Principal, Clarecastle NS. describes his appreciation by saying: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roche Ireland for participating in the Junior Achievement programme and for providing their staff to come to our school. The Junior Achievement programme is highly beneficial to the pupils in our school and its effectiveness is greatly enhanced by the professional manner in which the staff of Roche Ireland delivered the programme to our pupils."

In helping students to see the relevance of what they do in school and its connection to the real world, our business volunteers can have a real impact. JA volunteers are regularly described by school leaders as role models helping students to see a positive future for themselves in the world of work.

By helping the students look at the variety of roles that are carried out at Roche Ireland in Clarecastle, staff ensure students hear first- hand about the value of education in buildling careers. They can then see what areas they are interested in and can learn about the qualification they will need to get in to their profession of choice. Whether that be in Production, Science, Engineering, IT, Accounting, Human Resources - there are volunteers from every area in Roche Ireland.

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Celebrating Science & Technology with HP Galway

Famous Scientist Quiz Winner -NG1 Susan Charity, Hewlett Packard Galway, presents lucky winner Juliette Scully, Scoil Mhuire Oranmore, with a HP Chrome Box. Also pictured are Principal Edel Carney and Teacher Joanna Mullen who ensured all the Scoil Mhuire students enjoyed their visit to the Science & Technology Festival.

Juliette was one of hundreds of students who participated in the Junior Achievement Ireland Science & Technology Quiz, which took place during the Science and Technology Festival. The quiz is designed to both gain students' attention and highlight the importance of STEM Skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The Famous Scientist quiz is a really enjoyable way for students to associate inventions and discoveries with the sciences and enables them to learn more about important inventors, engineers, mathematicians and (some) mad scientists (!) through the ages.

Our thanks and congratulations to all involved in the 17th Annual Galway Science & Technology Festival http://www.galwayscience.ie/about-us/

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Cambus Medical Volunteers Bring Science to Life

During 2014 Cambus Medical volunteers helped 150 students in Galway schools to gain science, enterprise and life skills, by bringing innovative and interactive learning opportunities into local schools, through its partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland.

Six Cambus Medical business volunteers taught programmes in schools in Spiddal, Furbo and Barna, and by doing so, showed students the link between education and the workplace. Many of the volunteers opted for the JA science-based programmes, which are designed to encourage an interest in science at school and to help students make connections between their studies and post-school careers in STEM-related industries. Working directly with the Cambus volunteers the students have seen how studying science can lead to a wide variety of interesting careers. 

Cambus Medical enjoys partnering with Junior Achievement Ireland in delivering programmes to local primary and second level schools. According to Caitríona Clancy, HR Manager at Cambus Medical: “We feel that it is important to encourage the students to continue their education and to give them an insight into what Cambus does and the opportunities that are available to them in the future. By encouraging the students to remain in education we are strengthening the local talent pool for the future. Some of these students may be our future key employees”.

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