Archives: 2014

College Awareness Week – Spread the word and get involved!

This year marks a very special occasion – the launch of a national campaign called College Awareness Week ( www.collegeaware.ie ) which will be held from November 24-30. The campaign encourages individuals and organisations to spread the word that going to college and having a post-secondary plan is both important and achievable.  The campaign is being


Student Mentoring Helps Prepare Students for the Future

In August the ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) launched ‘Leaving School in Ireland: A Longitudinal Study of Post School Transitions’ which highlighted the relationship between students school experiences and their post school outcomes. The report found that young people rely on formal and informal guidance in making decisions about what they do after school. The Schools’ Business Partnership student mentoring partners School Completion Programme schools with


Helping students with the Skills to Work

The Skills @ Work programme is the most popular programme in The Schools’ Business Partnership suite.   Like all good ideas, the concept is simple, a local business is matched with a local school and employees provide insight about their roles and work life to the students while also developing their own skills. It has been


The Schools’ Business Partnership Brochure

To view The Schools’ Business Partnership brochure please click here . The brochure includes information on; The Skills @ Work Programme, The Student Mentoring Programme, Management Excellence for Principals (MEP), Management Excellence for Teachers (MET) Time to Read, programme for Primary Schools.


Student Corner

Georgina Allen, fourth year student in Mullingar CC gives us an insight into her time on the Skills @ Work Programme.  “C&F Automotives came to our school and opened up our eyes to the world of business. They visited us first, telling us about the ‘jewellery’ (trims and fittings) they make for well known car


Time to Read – The Icing on the Cake

Two primary schools in Cork, Scoil Mhuire Fatima & Scoil Aiséirí Chríost, marked the completion of a wonderful year in a special way with Bord Gáis.  The impact of Time to Read was palpable on Thursday the 22nd of May when ten boys from Scoil Mhuire Fatima in Cork and ten girls from the neighboring Scoil Aiséirí


60 seconds with Simon Park, IT Manager from Ballina Beverages

Simon Park, IT Manager from Ballina Beverages gives us a unique insight into participating in The Schools’ Business Partnership. What is your favourite part of the programme? The careers day, because we bring together lots of people in the business to share their experiences with the students. I find the interaction combines practical career path


Oaklands Community College, Offaly and Edenderry Power Investigate the World’s Future Energy Supply!

Ciaran Petit, Teacher with Oaklands Community College, reflects on this investigation.  Having been working together on Skills @ Work for the past number of years, the ‘Optional Session’ each year has often proven to be one of the most innovative and enjoyable for the students who have been involved in team building exercises and brainstorming


All aboard in Kildare

Elizabeth Urell, Guidance Counsellor in Kildare Town CS talks about her role in The Schools’ Business Partnership and the benefits it brings to her, the students and all involved. Photo (L-R): Liz Urell, guidance Counsellor Kildare Town Community School, Deirdre Shanahan, HR Director, Kildave Village Outlet, Maureen Bergin, Retail Director, Kildare Village Outlet.  Picture taken


Welcome to our new ezine – still called LINKS!

We spent some time seeking feedback from some schools and companies, the outcome of which is this new look e-zine! We would welcome your views on its design, content and ease of reading. Since December we have set up some great new partnerships:  Friends First with St. Laurence College, Loughlinstown; Sea Fisheries Authority of Ireland


Check us out in Donegal

Company expert Noreen Doherty, Retail Manager in AIB Bank, Letterkenny lets us in on her area of expertise working on a unique partnership. Photo: Noreen Doherty of AIB Letterkenny with students from Errigal College learning about the bank.  Q. What, in your opinion, are the key success factors leading to an effective Skills @ Work


Catching up with Limerick/Clare/Kerry

Meet the mentor! Barry Coleman from LIT I can still remember how hard it was to navigate my way through the secondary school years and I was always thankful for the guidance of my two older brothers who, although I didn’t realise it at the time, were my ‘unofficial’ mentors. For this reason, and because


Updates from Dublin Partnerships

Learning Time on the Luas Line!  Jenessa Scott a 5th year student from St Aidan’s Community School tells us about his experience of visiting transport company Veolia… St. Paul’s class from St Aidan’s attended a tour of Veolia, the Luas company. We learned a lot during our visit to Veolia, we learned how the tram