Ab­bott sup­ports smart fu­ture link with lo­cal schools

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AB­BOTT wel­comed sci­ence teachers and guid­ance coun­sel­lors from the Sligo/Mayo re­gion to their di­ag­nos­tic fa­cil­ity in Finisklin Busi­ness Park, Sligo. The one-day visit was part of Busi­ness in the Com­mu­nity Ire­land’s (BITCI) STEM ‘See­ing is Be­liev­ing’ ini­tia­tive.

See­ing is Be­liev­ing sup­ports ‘Smart Fu­tures’, a col­lab­o­ra­tive in­dus­try and ed­u­ca­tion frame­work rais­ing aware­ness of STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing & Maths) ca­reers at post-pri­mary level.

The goal of See­ing is Be­liev­ing is to give STEM teachers and guid­ance coun­sel­lors a deep and en­gag­ing in­sight into lead­ing STEM sec­tor com­pa­nies and the in­no­va­tive and di­verse range of op­por­tu­ni­ties and ca­reers that ex­ist within the lo­cal re­gion.

Work­ing with lead­ing lo­cal STEM sec­tor com­pa­nies, it is a one-day tour with a se­ries of talks from em­ploy­ees in the sec­tor.

The See­ing is Be­liev­ing pro­gramme is one of a range of BITCI pro­grammes that Ab­bott sup­ports across its nine sites in Ire­land as part of their strate­gic phil­an­thropic out­reach.

The teachers had the op­por­tu­nity to meet em­ploy­ees with di­verse back­grounds and find out first-hand the dif­fer­ent ca­reers of­fered in the health­care in­dus­try, as well as learn where there are skills gaps and fu­ture em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for their stu­dents.

Speak­ing about Ab­bott’s STEM en­gage­ment, Conor Mur­phy, site di­rec­tor at Ab­bott’s di­ag­nos­tics fa­cil­ity in Sligo said:

“We wel­come See­ing Is Be­liev­ing to Ab­bott. Sup­port­ing this pro­gramme is part of Ab­bott’s wider com­mit­ment to STEM ed­u­ca­tion.

“See­ing Is Be­liev­ing en­ables us to en­gage with ed­u­ca­tors and share with them the range of ex­per­tise within our or­gan­i­sa­tion across en­gi­neer­ing, qual­ity, sup­ply chain, man­u­fac­tur­ing and many other ar­eas.

“By lever­ag­ing Ab­bott’s ex­per­tise, and by work­ing in part­ner­ship with our lo­cal com­mu­nity and teachers, we can sup­port stu­dents and help in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tific and en­gi­neer­ing lead­ers.”

Josephine McGread, Guid­ance Coun­sel­lor at Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim ETB said: ‘It was an in­spir­ing morn­ing. Ab­bott gave a great in­sight into the va­ri­ety of skilled jobs that are avail­able lo­cally for many of our stu­dents.

“This in­for­ma­tion is vi­tal for teachers to stay up to date on de­vel­op­ments in the in­no­va­tive health­care in­dus­try and will re­ally ben­e­fit our schools.’

Pic:

A walker tries out the new trail route from Bal­liso­dare to Col­looney at the week­end. Carl Brennan.

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