25th January 2013
Site visits provide students with a most exciting and real insight into Ireland’s leading indigenous and multi-national companies. Students get the opportunity to see first-hand what it’s like to work in the companies and the various roles within the company, along with the opportunity to meet and chat with employees.
Below students and coordinators highlight some of the unique Site Visits taking place on this year’s Skills @ Work Programme.
Boys and Their Toys
“A 5km underground conveyor belt, scoop trucks that can carry 12 tonnes of gravel in one load and tipper trucks with €2,000 tyres – it was all on a massive scale the day the 6th year lads from North Mon went to the Roadstone Wood’s gravel quarry at Ballincolling, Co. Cork. Tim O’Mahony, a self confessed Roadstone Wood ‘lifer’, gave a great account of working at the sharp end (literally) of the construction industry. We all agreed that lads, big and small, have a life-long affinity with diggers and trucks!”
Celine McGrath, SBP Coordinator. Roadstone Wood are linked with North Monastery SS
Great Sounds at Bose!
“Students from Inver College got a great insight into working life at Bose GP when they were taken on a tour of the state of the art lean manufacturing facility in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Bose Corporation commenced its operation in Ireland in 1978. The prime function of the Carrickmacross facility is to manufacture home entertainment systems for the European market. The students were really impressed when they were given a demonstration of the latest sound technologies which included the Bose SoundDock® a digital music system as well as the Bose VideoWave entertainment system.”
Mary McNally, Bose GP. Bose GP are linked with Inver College
M&S Through the Eyes of A Student
“Excitement was soaring as high as a kite with the unique opportunity that my fellow peers and I would be seeing the behind-the-scenes of a local business. It was extremely interesting to learn about the daily cycle of products arriving in the loading bay, being unpacked, stocked, and ultimately landing on the shelf for the consumer. Being given the reign of €150 and partnering up with my friend Niamh to decorate a mannequin with the clothes we “bought” was the highlight of my day. It was a great, positive learning experience which couldn’t have happened without the dedicated M&S staff.”
Darragh Egan, 4th year LCVP student. Marks and Spencer are linked with Killarney Community College