If you noticed lots of green uniforms in the city recently, you’ll have seen 300 students from St. Cecilia’s College who were on their annual Insight into Industry day. The Year 10 and Year 12 students visited organisations all over the city in order to get a taste of working life and to develop their employability skills. They even called in to the Mayor’s office and offering her support to the event, the Mayor commented: “It’s a pleasure to provide the opportunity for some of our students to spend time with me in my office. I think it’s of great importance for businesses to share their expertise with students.”
Staff, including St. Cecilia’s College principal, Martine Mulhern, accompanied students and she commented: “This is a great opportunity for students to spend time with employers learning about the world of work. The day provides a great opportunity for staff and students alike.”
Vivienne Kerr, School Employer Connections, praised the principal stating: “It’s not easy for schools to release students from school, let alone nearly 300. With that in mind we have to commend Mrs Mulhern for her commitment to careers education and the bravery to undertake such a huge project.”
Students spent the morning with 23 local employers. Aisling Conaty, Careers Manager for St. Cecilia’s College highlighted the excitement amongst students. “Students and staff really look forward to our Insight Into Industry Day. It’s great to see so much enthusiasm and interest in students and staff alike. It is a great way to develop their employability skills taking the classroom into industry.”
Ciaran O’Neill, proprietor of the new Bishop’s Gate Hotel stated how important it is for the business sector to support the workforce of the future, saying: “As a business we are delighted to give what experience and time we can to the provision of insight visits and work experience. We want to let our young people see business from the other side and realise that they are important to making our city attractive to all.”
The students returned to school to prepare presentations on their experiences, which will be shared amongst the school throughout the year.
Employers who took part in the were Airport Fire Service, Debenhams, All State, United Healthcare, Sita.aero (Letterkenny), RoCo, The City Hotel, Bishop’s Gate Hotel, UU Intelligent Systems, Nuprint, Surf Marketing, Connected Talent, Everglades Hotel and the Beech Hill Hotel.