Business Action on Education succeeds due to the wonderful support of primary and post primary schools around the country. We have a network of matched schools all over Ireland and many have been with their local companies beyond ten year milestones and have mutually beneficial relationships.
Our Business Action on Education is delivered to schools under the name, The Schools’ Business Partnership. We have one primary school initiative and four post primary programmes.
Once a school is matched with a local company, a dedicated relationship manager works with both parties to ensure an efficient and impactful programme.
Below are more details on how the programmes work from a school’s perspective:
Time to Read
Our Time to Read programme 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. Our programme was piloted in 2010/11 and evaluated by renowned expert Dr. Eithne Kennedy of St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.
Teachers and participants report significant impacts on the children. All business volunteers who partake in this programme receive training in advance which provides volunteers with the desired outcomes, programme details, feedback and support elements, best practice information in terms of reading strategies and child protection guidelines. Each weekly session consists of the business volunteer reading one to one for 30 minutes each with two children. The children, volunteers and parents have a visit(s) to their local public library. The business also hosts a workplace visit for the participating children and their teachers.
The ESB through its Energy for Generations Fund is Time to Read’s strategic partner and sponsor 2013 – 2015.
Skills @ Work
Our Skills @ Work provides 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. Over five sessions, students are provided with the opportunity to learn about the partnering company and its business and to consider careers and further study options available to them when they finish school.
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.
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 a professional business interview.
“I was giving up on school at one stage but after these talks I got the knowledge to keep going on and complete the rest of my school year.” Student
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 an employee who agrees to be a mentor to one student during their senior cycle in school.
Over the two year period, students meet with business employees for an hour every three weeks to discuss topics such as career potential or direction, researching college options, approaches to study, CV writing, interview preparation, etc. The mentor acts as an additional support to students subtly communicating the importance of school completion and continuing education.
This Programme provides students with the opportunity to receive a positive and encouraging influence in their lives. 1,439 students and 1,371 mentors have participated to date.
“I was considering leaving once and just going to FAS tor something but now I real want to get my Leaving Cert, go to college and follow a career I intend on doing.” Student
“Probably the best and most valuable in service I have received in my new role as a principal.” Dublin Principal at a Performance Management Seminar
Cornmarket have been a supporter of this programme and have been the sole sponsor since 2009.
Programme Manager The Schools’ Business Partnership
(01) 874 7232