Johnson & Johnson launches ‘Vision 2020’ as part of “Access to Education, Bridge to Employment” programme.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Business in the Community Ireland

Cork Welcomes Launch of ‘Vision 2020’ 

Phase Four of the Access to Education, Bridge to Employment initiative

Thursday, 19th January, 2017: Today will see the launch of ‘Vision 2020’, the next phase of the Johnson & Johnson supported programme ‘Access to Education, Bridge to Employment’. The programme, now in its 12th year, aims to encourage and assist students in Cork City to stay in school and progress to further and higher level education, with a particular focus on STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

‘Access to Education, Bridge to Employment’ works with three schools in the City – Terence McSwiney Community College, North Monastery Secondary School and Mayfield Community School. Partners in the programme include Johnson & Johnson’s Cork based companies, Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, Janssen Pharmaceutical Sciences UC, DePuy Synthes, and Cork Institute of Technology, University College Cork, Cork Education and Training Board, Junior Achievement and Business in the Community.

Speaking at the launch held at the Ambassador Hotel, Liz Dooley, Director Operations, Janssen Supply Chain Ireland, said, “Johnson & Johnson are delighted to support the continuation of this programme. It is imperative that we do everything we can to encourage young minds to pursue educational opportunities including higher education. As a past mentor, I have seen the impact you can have on attitudes to industries such as STEM simply by encouraging participation with the subject at a young age.”

The programme aims to support long-term collaboration and partnership amongst business, educators, community based organisations and parents to help young people build a better future. While student focused, the programme also recognises the role of teachers and parents in helping students to reach their full potential. The programme also aims to build student confidence and widen horizons through interaction with significant adults who will mentor them, provide them information and support them in carving out a career path.

This phase of the programme will work with current third year students who will sit their Leaving Certificate in 2020. Three recipients of the 2016 bursary will also be awarded.

For further information please contact:

Deirdre Creedon, Chair of the ATE BTE Committee, Access Officer, Cork Institute of Technology, 021-4335140,

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