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 EducationFriday, February 23rd, 2018 at 9:00pm
One of our favourite weeks of the year is almost here, Engineer's Week starts tomorrow! Check out all the great events all over the country #engweek18 🚀🔧⚙
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Business Action on EducationSaturday, January 27th, 2018 at 2:03am
3, 2, 1.. TIME TO READ! #FridayFeeling 🎈📚
(@JoeysSchool & @Failte_Ireland #TimetoRead workplace visit)
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“3, 2, 1.. TIME TO READ! #FridayFeeling 🎈📚 (@JoeysSchool & @Failte_Ireland #TimetoRead workplace visit)
Business Action on Education
Business Action on EducationFriday, January 26th, 2018 at 1:35am
Delighted you're enjoying Time to Read @SandyCuffe 😊👏🏻📚Thanks for getting involved!
Business Action on Education
Business Action on EducationThursday, January 25th, 2018 at 10:59pm
Lovely photo from our Kerry Coordinator @Efitzgeraldbitc from the @FEXCOgroup Time to Read workplace visit in Killorglin #CSR #Fexco #TimetoRead @KillorglinCA
Business Action on Education
Business Action on EducationFriday, January 19th, 2018 at 4:07am
Our South-West Coordinator @EleanorWalsh2 doing great work with students in #Tipperary, giving them an insight into a great workplace. #SkillsatWork @ThurlesTown @ThurlesHour @ThurlesChamber
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Business Action on EducationThursday, January 18th, 2018 at 11:08pm
thanks Grainne and her colleagues @KNLogistics in Dublin for hosting 5th years from st Michael's, Finglas. #csr

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.