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.
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Epic Programme added 2 new photos.Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 5:31am
We are delighted to continue working in partnership with BT Ireland. We had an IT training in the use of Word and Excel at Advanced level for a group of our job seekers on March 15th and 16th. Epic Programme Business in the Community Ireland
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Epic ProgrammeFriday, March 24th, 2017 at 5:52am
North West Inner City Network and Inner City Enterprise are organising a free workshop which is aimed at people who are thinking about starting out in business and would like some guidance around the practicalities of doing so.

Location: North West Inner City Network, 117 – 118 North King St., D7
Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

Admission is free and booking required via Tel: 01 677 4494 OR Email:

For more information please visit the link:
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Epic ProgrammeTuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 5:30am
We are hiring! We are looking for an Events Administrator to assist in the coordination and delivery of the Business in the Community Ireland network events programme. Deadline to submit applications is 24th March 2017. Check the link for more information
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Epic ProgrammeFriday, March 17th, 2017 at 6:30am
Happy St. Patrick's day to everyone. Enjoy the celebrations!!
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Epic Programme added 2 new photos.Friday, March 17th, 2017 at 5:56am
A big thank you to Maura Molloy. She provided a presentation about the use of Facebook and LinkedIn for a group of job seekers today March 16th. Epic Programme Business in the Community Ireland
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Epic ProgrammeThursday, March 16th, 2017 at 5:37am
Roberto Sy from Accenture shared his experiences as a immigrant settling in in Ireland with a group of job seekers on Friday March 10th. At the end of the talk Roberto said: 'assisting others on skills to succeed is awesome. Happy to be with this bunch of enthusiastic and driven people'

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.