Preparing students for the working world

ESB Networks Cavan/Longford has established a new link with Ardscoil Phadraig Granard to provide students with work life skills and insights into the world of work.

ESB Networks Cavan/Longford has established a new link with Ardscoil Phadraig Granard to provide students with work life skills and insights into the world of work.

ESB Networks is making a commitment to assist Ardscoil Phadraig senior cycle students with school completion by providing a firsthand 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 into 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).

“We are delighted to be establishing this new link with ESB Networks,” Said Garrett Buckley, Principal, Ardscoil Phadraig. “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.”

Ray Aherne, Area Manager, ESB Networks Cavan, added, “ESB Networks are delighted to be partnering with Ardscoil Phadraig 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 back something to the local community and local school. We are also encouraging employees to get involved as it is a means by which they can improve certain work skills such as communication, team building and leadership.

Regional Coordinator with Midlands, BITCI, Patricia Reilly, said, “In BITC Ireland we are delighted to welcome another branch of ESB Networks to the growing number of companies participating in our programmes and recognise 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 ESB Networks and Ardscoil Phadraig to develop and grow this partnership over the coming years.”

The ‘Skills @ Work’ programme at Ardscoil Phadraig commenced in recent weeks with a site visit to the ESB Networks office in Longford and a very interesting field trip to a site where ESB crews were working.

The students witnessed the many career opportunities that exist with the ESB and employees presented ‘Day in the Life’ talks, to assist the students in recognising the value of completing the leaving certificate and to help them explore possible career paths. Further sessions will include CV writing and interview preparation, teamwork skills, and students will learn about the real-life skills required in the workplace.

Funded under the National Development Plan, The Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) aims to match 200 post primary schools in Ireland with a local business by the end of 2013.