Schools learn through links with business
FOUR WICKLOW SCHOOLS TAKE PART
AN INNOVATIVE new programme which matches business companies with local schools includes four County Wicklow schools.
The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe T.D, officially launched The Schools Business Partnership’s annual report at a reception held last week at the Department of Education and Science on Marlborough Street in Dublin.
At the moment four Wicklow schools are involved, Abbey Community College in Wicklow town, St. Killian’s CS and St. Thomas’ CC of Bray and Arklow VS. The businesses they are matched with are Marriott Druid’s Glen Hotel, Coillte, Bank of Ireland Cabinteely and Elavon.
The partnership provides practical advice and guidance to young people. It also prepares the students for the working world and opens up a world of opportunities and career choices to them.
The programme encourages students who are at risk of leaving school early to continue with their studies, under the helpful guidance of their business mentors. The partnership provide CV workshops and interview skill sessions, company visits, talks by employers from local businesses and a summer work placement programme.
Craig Byrne of the Abbey Community College has already witnessed the benefits of the programme first hand.
‘As a result of my participation in the programmeÉI am more determined to get a good Leaving Cert. The Leaving Cert is needed in order to gain a job you like and you will also have a better choice of careers.’