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.


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Business Action on EducationDecember 14th, 2015 at 1:11pm
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Bishopstown Community School, Cork receive an IBM On Demand Community Grant of €900. 5th year students from the school are learning all about life at IBM through our Skills @ Work programme.
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Business Action on Education shared Business in the Community Ireland's post.October 8th, 2015 at 10:37am
Transdev are partnered with St Aidan's Community School in Tallaght, and developed a 'Luas Lecture Room' in the school to show their appreciation. Take a look at the article below.
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Business Action on EducationAugust 21st, 2015 at 2:14pm
Our colleagues in The Community Foundation for Ireland are currently conducting some research in the hope of developing a very exciting app aimed for unemployed young people. So, if you are aged between 18-30, could you please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey, or share the link on your own page. Thanks! The SBP Team!
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Business Action on EducationJune 25th, 2015 at 12:06pm
Congratulations to all of our partnerships that recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary with SBP:

St. Kevin's College & John Sisk & Son
St. Mark's CS & United Drug
Cabinteely CS & Becton Dickinson
Mayfield CS & Janssen Pharmaceutical
Mondalez Ireland Ltd
Presentation SS Warrenmount & Diageo Ireland
St. Enda's CS & Vistakon Ireland
Ballinteer CS & Merrill Lynch
Caritas College & Kefron
Rosmini CS & ESB

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in these hugely beneficial partnerships for their dedication and devotion over the last decade. Here's to the next 10 years!
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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.