Tuesday 22 October 2019

Firm strengthens its educational links

Siobhan Britton from BD Enniscorthy with students from St Senan’s Primary School, Enniscorthy
Siobhan Britton from BD Enniscorthy with students from St Senan’s Primary School, Enniscorthy
BD Enniscorthy staff, Oonagh Kavanagh (JAI), Robert Doyle, Kathleen Nolan, and Nellie Morrissey

Brendan Keane

Local company BD Enniscorthy has entered its second term of collaboration with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) to inspire and motivate local students.

A spokesperson for JAI said a group of staff has begun volunteering to help the children understand how to succeed in the world of work through valuing education,

Students from Gaelscoil Inis Córthaidh, St Senan's Primary School, Coláiste Bríde and Enniscorthy Vocational School will all benefit from BD Enniscorthy business volunteers working with them this year.

The volunteers will focus on a range of topics that enhance the school curriculum including social, entrepreneurial and science skills.

'The volunteers will visit the schools over five weeks,' said the spokesperson.

They will deliver a Junior Achievement programme and will also share stories of their own career paths within BD Enniscorthy explaining what it's like to work in a global medical technology company.

Speaking about the scheme Gráinne Nolan, from the company, said: 'We are very proud of the many employees who are volunteering.'

She commented that through the collaboration positive engagement and inspiring interaction with young minds is being created within local schools communities.

The Area Manager for the south east region with JAI, Denise Power, said her organisation is delighted with the success of the initiative to-date.

'We really appreciate the contribution the staff are making in the local school community,' she said.

'Having role models from the world of work share their career paths and also deliver a JAI programme has such a huge impact,' she added.

Ms Power also said that 84 per cent of teachers believe a JAI experience increased their students' understanding of the value and importance of staying in school.

Enniscorthy Guardian