Locally based businesses in Donegal, ‘please take a bow!’ 

BITCI News - May 15, 2024

Finn Valley College participants in the World of Work Programme

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is celebrating with several Donegal schools at the completion of their 2023-2024 ‘World of Work’ programme.    

This nationwide World of Work programme engages 2nd year students by partnering them with local businesses who inspire them to reach their full potential by recognising the value of completing their education. Through workshops, including company visits, employee career talks, soft skills training and sustainability sessions, students gain valuable insights into the workplace and their own unique set of skills and abilities.   

Donegal based companies such as AIB, Circet, Donegal County Council, FirstSource, Forward Emphasis International, Gallaghers Bakehouse-Promise Gluten Free, Inishowen Engineering, Marks & Spencer, OPTUM, ProAmpac and SITA, are just some of the companies who BITCI are grateful to for their commitment and dedication to the young people within the county. Their collective participation in the World of Work programme which now includes participating in a sustainability project, part of a national competition supported by Gas Networks Ireland, encourages students to envision a greener future and empowers them to make a positive impact on their environment.  

Pamela Kearney, BITCI Northwest Regional Co-ordinator said “These companies continue to invest in our children’s future, they exemplify the spirit of mentoring and giving back to their local communities, developing future talent and increasing awareness of the workplace. We invite other local companies to get involved so more young people can benefit and learn the reality of working in different sectors and make more informed decisions about their own future careers.”  

Louise Magee, Senior Manager, HR Europe, SITA said “This is a great partnership; the students were amazing throughout the programme and did Finn Valley College proud. Such a great programme and it is a privilege to be part of it.”  

Ashlean Mc Geehan, Assistant principal, Finn Valley College added “‘Many thanks for the invaluable mentorship, such a fantastic programme for our students who have grown in many ways since this collaboration.” 

BITCI run a series of education programmes delivered to DEIS and School Completion Schools within the county. A dedicated BITC regional coordinator will provide information, advice and guidance to the business and partner them with a local DEIS school. It has proven very beneficial to all parties: with employees finding it enjoyable and rewarding, the schools seeing pupils more interested in their education and the students learning that their career opportunities are as wide ranging as all other students.