Schools learn through links with busi­ness

FOUR WICK­LOW SCHOOLS TAKE PART

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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.’

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