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Employee volunteering programmes for Education

O-Carolan-college-Smurfit-Kappa Post primaryResearch shows that employees want to work for companies who have the same values as themselves. Consumers want to purchase from companies who treat employees fairly and have a positive impact on society.  

By joining our network, you can access our Business Action on Education programmes. 

Through Business Action on Education, we provide a wide range of employee volunteering opportunities ranging from primary school initiatives to continuous professional development for principals. Below is a snapshot of the range of opportunities available:

Time to Read

Time to Read provides children in second class, aged seven to nine, with reading support from a business volunteer over a 20 week programme.  The programme aims to increase the enjoyment of, and confidence in reading whilst encouraging self-discovery for the participating children. All business volunteers who partake in this programme receive comprehensive training in advance. Up to ten volunteers from a company can participate at any one time.

Each weekly session consists of the volunteer reading one to one for 30 minutes each with two children. The children and their volunteers and parents then have a visit to their local public library and a workplace visit of all the children to the participating company.  The business and child impact is measured and a report provided to each participating business at the conclusion of the programme.

Download a copy of the Time to Read brochure for further information.

Click here to see RTE Nationwide featuring Time to Read with the ESB’s CEO, Pat O’Doherty speaking about the business benefits of participation.

Skills @ Work

This programme provides post primary school students with a unique insight into the world of work. A number of volunteer employees partner an entire class in either 5th or 6th year.
Sessions in the Skills @ Work programme involve a site visit, CV writing skills, mock interviews, Day in the Life insights and at the conclusion the class present their learnings.

For employees, this is an opportunity to enhance and develop their presentation, communication and interpersonal skills whilst adding diversity to the working day.

In many of the companies involved in this programme, it is the HR department who conduct the mock interviews and this can be an invaluable experience for young students who would never have experienced preparing for and performing in such situations.

Our Student Mentoring Programme strives to encourage students to stay in school, increase their self-esteem and develop an awareness of the workplace over the course of their senior cycle. The Mentoring programme involves a two year commitment from employees who agree to be a mentor to one student during their senior cycle in school.

Over the two year period, employees meet with their student for one hour every three weeks to discuss topics such as career potential or direction, researching college options, approaches to study, CV writing, interview preparation and much more. The mentor acts as an additional support to the student to keep them focused on study and the importance of school completion.

Management Excellence for Principals and Teachers are programmes which provide senior business leaders with volunteering opportunities. It involves them sharing their expertise and experience with educational leaders through a series of workshops over the school year. Workshop topics include: Leadership, Time Management, Performance Management and PR and Marketing. More than two thirds of Ireland’s 730 post primary principals have participated to date.


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For further information on these programmes please contact:

Germaine Noonan
Programme Manager The Schools’ Business Partnership

01 874 3813

gnoonan@bitc.ie