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.


Business Action on Education
Business Action on EducationMonday, September 18th, 2017 at 10:30pm
The Nationwide stats are in! Look at our Skills@Work Report Summary #Skills4Life #Success #ActionOnEd #edchatie
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Business Action on Education added 5 new photos — at Co. Mayo.Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 8:50pm
Such a lovely afternoon at the Time to Read wrap up celebration of Breaffy NS & Mayo County Council. Many thanks to all involved! #Time2Read #CSR
Mayo County Council (Ireland)
Business Action on Education
Business Action on EducationFriday, May 26th, 2017 at 11:37pm
Geared up and ready to go!
Glasheen N.S. site visit to ESB Networks in Cork.
#EmployeeEngagement #CSR #Time2Read
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Business Action on EducationTuesday, May 16th, 2017 at 1:01am
From Cold Streets to Warm Sheets. Please donate to Ardscoil La Salle's campaign to help homelessness
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Business Action on Education is at Newbridge.Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 1:14am
2nd class pupils proud as punch with their #Time2Read certs at today's wrap up of Scoil Mhuire Junior School & Horse Racing Ireland - Go Racing in Newbridge. Thanks to all the volunteers, organisers and of course the children for all their hard work reading each week.

#CSR #EmployeeEngagement
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Business Action on Education added 2 new photos.Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 1:27am
Read below to find out why KPMG Careers Ireland value their involvement with the #Time2Read programme and their relationship with Business in the Community Ireland #CSR #employeeengagement

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.