Kingspan Insulation Ltd & Castleblaney College

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Spotlight On…Ms. Olivia Kennedy, Programmes Coordinator, Castleblayney College


Tell us about your contribution to The Schools’ ‘Business Partnership

6Our school was delighted to be twinned with Kingspan in Castleblayney to run the ‘Skills @ Work’ programme, organised by Kate Horton, BITCI.

What does this mean for your school?

The programme covers many of the Specific Learning Outcomes of the LCVP including a visit out to a local business, visitors in, career workshops, C.V. and interview skills, mock interviews and making a presentation. This is a very worthwhile programme that makes real connections between school and the business world. We appreciate the huge commitment of the staff of Kingspan to this programme, and in particular to Mr. Richard Burnley, M.D., who arranged his visits from the U.K. to coincide so that he could be involved with particular aspects of the programme. It shows great support for the students, the programme, Castleblayney College and Kingspan’s positive social contribution overall.

What does it mean to you as an individual?

2As a busy teacher, it is great to have support from Kate Horton who liaises with Sue Ellen McMahon in Kingspan for dates of workshops, talks, mock interviews, presentations and site visits for students.

If you could have one hope/wish for your company and school in the future what would it be?

We hope to continue this hugely beneficial educational partnership with Kingspan in the future, as it brings learning to life, and inspires our students to raise their expectations and to achieve their full potential as they prepare for the world of work and enterprise in their future careers.