Education Success Stories

80 ESB Employees give their ‘Time to Read’

Business in the Community Ireland is proud to partner with ESB for their fifth year in Time to Read programme. Eighty of their staff are volunteering in seven primary schools around Ireland. ESB volunteers with 2nd class children from St. Mary’s NS, Fairview, Dublin 3 ESB’s participation again this year was marked by an event St Mary’s NS, Fairview, Dublin 3. Four other Dublin schools, as well as a school from Cork and Wexford, are participating: •St Kevin’s Boys National School, Barry Avenue, Finglas, Dublin 11. •St Laurence O’Toole Girls National School, Seville Place, North Wall, Dublin 1. •St Patrick’s Girls National School, Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4. •Queen of Angels National School, Limes Road, Wedgewood, Dublin 16. •Glasheen Girls National School, School Avenue, Glasheen, Co. Cork. •Glenbrien National School, Glenbrien, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive says: “Literacy is a key building block of life-long learning. The...

5 Companies Celebrate 10 years in Partnership with Local Schools

In April, BITCI celebrated the wonderful achievement of five businesses reaching a milestone of ten years in partnership with their local school. It is a great testimony to all involved who have provided leadership and support during that time. Below are some reflections from those involved. Q. As a teacher, what positive outcomes have you seen the programme achieve over the last 10 years? A: We feel very fortunate in Grange Community College to be part of the BITC programme, especially to work with a company like Mondelez. We have used the Skills @ Work and Mentoring programmes and students have benefited hugely from both. We particularly find the interview process a wonderful opportunity for students to gain confidence and communication skills which is crucial for their future success. Also “A Day in the Life” exposes students to a variety of careers available to them and is an excellent motivational...

Ricoh boost pupils employability

Lauren Meritt, Business Generation Executive, Ricoh, reflects on their participation in the Skills @ Work programme with St. Kevin’s College, Ballygall, Dublin. As a proud member of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), Ricoh Ireland is always excited to take part in its Skills @ Work programme. For the past two years, we have partnered with St. Kevin’s College, a community school in Ballygall, Dublin. The goal of the programme is to introduce post-primary school students to the professional world. Comprising of five sessions, the programme is designed to elevate each student’s professional skillset and put it into practice. Last year, 13 students from St Kevin’s joined us at our new Dublin HQ for a site visit, where we shared with them our collaboration spaces and allowed them to experiment with the different technologies we provide at Ricoh. Since that initial meeting in January, our students have taken part in...

Talk Back with Louise Durand

Name: Louise Durand, Performer at Stomp & Freelance Presenter, London 1. Tell us about your involvement with BITCI: I attended St Paul’s CC in Waterford between the years 2002 – 2008 and in 5th & 6th year of Secondary school I was involved in the mentoring programme. I was matched with Anne Woods who was working at Anglo Irish Bank at the time. 2. After completing school, how did you go about carving out a successful career path: After spending a substantial amount of time with my Mentor Anne, I had no choice than to be completely compelled to follow any goals I had in relation to my desired career path. When I was given my place at UCC, I took with me all the valuable information that Anne had passed onto me in regard time management, communication and efficient study skills! Anne had instilled so much confidence in me...

Leabhar Love

Elaine Dunne, Home School Community Liaison, St. Kevin’s BNS, Finglas shares her perspectives on Time to Read This is the 3rd year that the boys in St. Kevin’s B.N.S. in Finglas have been lucky enough to be involved with the Time to Read programme with ESB. In my role I work with the children to create invites to the Time to Read launch and graduation. I link in with the parents during the year to see how their children are finding the experience. I also have accompanied the children on their library trip and workplace visit. Over the past 3 years there has been nothing but positive feedback from both parents and children. Parent’s regularly comment that their child shows a greater interest in reading. Often children take home a book at the end of the reading session to read at home. An increase in the child’s reading fluency is...

Celebrating 10 years of Partnership

In April, BITCI celebrated the remarkable achievement of 8 companies: Allianz Partners, Elavon, Horse Racing Ireland, IBM, IFS, Investec and Office Depot reaching a milestone of 10 years in partnership with their local school. Building long lasting and transformative partnerships is key to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals. Keep Reading to hear some reflections from those involved: “The 10 year relationship between Elavon and Glenart College has demonstrated to almost 250 students, in our locality, that Elavon cares about their future; our employees are willing to spend time with them, explaining how business and innovation works. In doing so, we prepare them for life after school, equipping them with a toolkit for success. We encourage and help them to understand how they can build better futures by remaining in education, obtaining employment, helping them become contributors to their families’, and their communities’, success. We have not...

Lionbridge and Time to Read

Lionbridge in Ballina participated in our Time to Read programme. Here you can read an email we received from Paul McBride, Vice President & General Manager of Lionbridge sent to us about their experience. “I’m writing to share my gratitude and enthusiasm for the Time to Read program that’s about to conclude and the overwhelmingly positive effect it’s had on both participants and teams here at Lionbridge Ballina. The return on invested time by participating employees puts that achieved by invested capital to shame! I have experienced the professional and personal growth of our participants through more confident leadership, better decision making, heightened social awareness which when considered individually, are a delight. But when considered together .. wow! I have seen a new cohort of future leaders emerge from the most unexpected of opportunities, the experience gained by our employees from participating in Time to Read, by helping young children...

Time To Read – Business In The Community

Our education programmes on Nationwide
We were featured on Nationwide on RTE 1. Click on the video to hear about both the benefits to the businesses and the students who get involved.