Ulster Bank launched its new three year partnership with Young Social Innovators(YSI) in January. Through its support the bank will be helping to ensure the continued success of Ireland’s largest social innovation programme where young people tackle the social issues facing them locally, nationally and globally.
As the programme gets underway, twenty teams of students from around Ireland were shortlisted to pitch to two judging panels in Dublin and Cork as part of the recent YSI Innovation Dens. The Den challenges young people to look at commercial opportunities for their projects and pitch for a part of the €15,000 Innovation Fund. The projects addressed a range of social issues including mental health nutrition, homophobia, road safety and addiction.
Hundreds of students are also taking part in the eleven Speak Out sessions taking place around the country, as they showcase the social issues they are passionate about. These events culminate in the Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards on 10th May, when over 6,500 students and their teachers from throughout Ireland will come together to celebrate the national winners 2015.
For the past 10 years Ulster Bank has invested in financial education, entrepreneurship and skills-building programmes for young people. This partnership builds on that community legacy while also focusing on the future where innovation in all its forms is shaping Ireland’s social and economic landscape.
Pictured above: L to R, Pat Horgan, Head of SME Banking, Ulster Bank, South Midlands and West, Members of Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School, Tralee ‘Serving Smiles’ YSI team, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Education Officer, Young Social Innovators
Ulster Bank’s internal training Academy were successful in winning two prestigious awards at the Irish Institute of Training and Development annual awards. The event held on 26 February in Killashee House, Naas promotes excellence, best practice and innovation in Training and Learning & Development.
The team were shortlisted for a total of 5 awards and came out as the winners of the ‘Best overall Learning and Development Organisation’ and winners of the ‘Best Learning & Development Organisation (Large Companies)’. They were commended on the innovative ways that they partner with the business to encourage regular day to day training and on a number of their key training initatives.