Glanbia has made a commitment to assist Duiske College, Graignamanagh’s senior cycle students with school completion by providing a first-hand insight into the world of work. As part of the newly established link, students will take part in the Skills @ Work programme, where volunteer employees work with students on CV writing and interview skills and give them an insight in to the array of jobs available to students through ‘A Day in the Life” session. This link has been facilitated by the Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) and is an initiative of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI).
Speaking at the launch Pat Murphy, Principal, Duiske College said: “We are delighted to be establishing this new link between Glanbia and Duiske College. The Skills@Work programme proposed by the Schools’ Business Partnership will help our students to identify the connection between education and the future opportunities that may be available. Establishing a rapport with employees from a local business will give great career exposure and open the students’ eyes to what exactly is involved in various jobs or careers on a day to day basis. It will allow them to explore what may be of interest to them and give them a target to aim towards in terms of their education.”
Colm Eustace, CEO Glanbia Agribusiness was delighted the company was partnering Duiske. “We want to support the students in their final years. Our employees have been eager to volunteer for the programme as they see it as a tangible way to give something back to the local community and local school. The Skills @ Work programme is very practical and allows all participants to improve skills such as communication, team building and leadership,” he said.
Margaret Kelly, Regional Coordinator, South East BITCI said her organisation was delighted to welcome Glanbia to the growing number of companies participating in BITCI programmes and recognising their commitment to the local community. “Links between local businesses and schools can have far reaching benefits for both sides of the link and we look forward to assisting Glanbia and Duiske College to develop and grow this partnership over the coming years,” she pointed out.
The Skills @ Work programme at Duiske College will begin in the coming weeks. During the year employees of Glanbia will talk to the students about the real-life skills required in the workplace, such as CV writing and interview preparation. They will run ‘A Day in the Life’ session, to assist the students in recognising the value of completing the leaving certificate and help them explore possible career paths. The students will also be brought on a site visit to Glanbia and witness the many career opportunities that exist in the Agri/Food sector. Funded under the National Development Plan, The Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) aimed to match 200 post primary schools in Ireland with a local business by the end of 2013.