Business Action on Education

Business impacting education in Ireland


By working with businesses in Ireland, we make an impact on education nationally and in local communities.

bitc-Time-to-ReadWe work with Ireland’s leading companies on addressing key educational issues. From tackling the retention rate in post primary schools and improving literacy skills for young children to fostering a pipeline of talent and training educators, we work with hundreds of companies and schools all over Ireland to create mutually beneficial and lasting partnerships.

Over the past 15 years, we have facilitated over 320 partnerships between schools and businesses, impacting over 28,000 students all over Ireland.

Companies who join the Network for Responsible Business can access our  Business Action on Education programmes.

The benefits to companies are significant:

  • Access to ‘off the shelf’ volunteering programmes
  • Improved reputation and trust with local communities
  • A clear signal to employees of commitment to a key national issue
  • Training opportunity for staff when it comes to leadership and mentoring
  • Measurable impacts and detailed reports
  • Opportunity to be a positive influence in a young person’s life

The Business Action on Education programmes tackle these key issues:

We have a programme for primary schools called ‘Time to Read’. This matches employee volunteers with young children to provide weekly reading sessions. Companies have told us about the huge impact on their own volunteers of engaging with the programme.

Nationally some schools experience a higher than average rate of students  leaving before completing their Leaving Certificate. By matching companies with these schools we provide numerous opportunities for students to gain insights into some of Ireland’s largest companies, their career opportunities and to help them broaden their horizons. Employees can provide one to one mentoring to students at risk and the impacts on both students and employees is significant.

Many companies tell us about their concerns around future talent entering their industry sectors. We work with government, schools and businesses on tackling this issue and have a number of initiatives particularly focused on the STEM agenda bringing teachers to STEM companies to be informed about career opportunities.

This suite of programmes aims to harvest the knowledge, skills and expertise of Ireland’s visionary business leaders by facilitating them in sharing business approaches to leadership, management and personal development for both principals and teachers.


Epic Programme

Business in the Community Ireland advices companies on how to be more responsible and sustainable. It also works in 2 key areas: employment and education. Regarding employment, it runs Free programmes to support adults to become economically independent and more integrated in Irish society. EPIC works with immigrants and the services are tailored to individuals’ needs. Businesses work with us to achieve these aims. To join the programme, people must be over 18 and legally entitled to work in Ireland without any restrictions: stamp 4, Irish or EU citizenship is necessary. English language at intermediate or higher level is required. If you meet the above criteria and are motivated to gain employment this could be the programme for you. The EPIC Programme is funded by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration under the Department of Justice and Equality and co-financed under the European Social Fund Human Capital Operational Programme 2007-2013.
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeThursday, May 25th, 2017 at 4:30am
Under One Tent is a community project that aims to bring together people of all faiths and the community as a whole under the Ramadan spirit.
The project invites the homeless and the public in general to break fast together at sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. There will be several guest speakers and other fun activities for all to engage in over the three days
Date and Time:
Starting on Friday the 9th of June at 20:00 to Sunday the 11th of June at 23:00.
Venue: Saint Patrick's Park
Bull Alley Street, Dublin 8.
More information at:
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeWednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 4:30am
Virtual Career Days
This event will give candidates the opportunity to interact with European based companies recruiting for Customer Service/Call Centre roles.
When: 25/5/2017 from 09:00am to 8:00pm.
Where: From home.
Please register by clicking on the REGISTER button at the bottom left of the page, take the career test, and log back in on 25th May when the fair will be live so you will be able to virtually visit the stands, apply for jobs and have online chats with recruiters
You can find their facebook page, twitter and LinkedIn throught their website.
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeTuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 4:00am
Open Evening for Summer courses at IBAT College Dublin.
Attendees can get Information about evening courses running over the Summer starting in June.
Date: Wed 24 May 2017
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Venue: IBAT College Dublin 16-19 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
For more information you can contact them by:
Phone: 01 8075055
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, May 20th, 2017 at 5:00am
Docklands SummerFest
Attendants will be able to enjoy funfair attractions, food and craft markets
Venue: Grand Canal Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
Dates: Saturday 20th May - Sunday 21st May
For more information please visit the link:
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, May 20th, 2017 at 4:30am
Our former Epic Programme client Séfora Carlos Flores provided a motivational talk for one of our groups on Friday May 12th. A big thank you to Séfora and her employer Citi for facilitating her time to chat to the group.
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, May 20th, 2017 at 4:06am
Africa’s rich culture will be showcased through performances across three stages of live music. The event will also feature children’s entertainment, traditional African drumming and dance workshops, African arts and crafts, sports activities and much more.
Dublin Bus will provide a free shuttle bus service, operating from 11am to 6pm on the day between Parkgate Street and Farmleigh
DATE: Sunday 21st May 2017
TIME: 11.00am-6.00pm
VENUE: Farmleigh House, White's Road, Phoenix Park, Dublin.
For more information, please visit the link:

Our Business Action on Education Programmes are delivered by The Schools’ Business Partnership and are funded by the Department of Education & Skills and Tusla (Department of Children & Youth) and supported by Marks & Spencer, ESB, Cornmarket and participating companies.