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BITC Ireland (Bord Gáis Networks) - Inspiring careers in science at primary level

Added on 22-03-2013

Company

Bord Gáis Networks

Network

BITC Ireland

Year

2011

Business challenge

Science and engineering are very much at the core of Bord Gáis Networks business and we have a strong interest in ensuring that students continue to pursue careers in these fields.

Bord Gáis Networks supports a number of programmes that encourage and promote an interest in science with students at secondary level. We also recognise that students in primary school, on the cusp of entry to second level education, represent the key to sustaining an interest in science and engineering. On entry to second level education, many students make a selection of subject choices. Without an understanding of science, many students are not informed enough to select such subjects and thereby completely rule out the opportunity of pursuing further studies in these areas, reducing their options when it comes to career choice. In addition, Bord Gáis Networks recognises the low level of progression of students from designated disadvantaged primary schools through second level to third level education.

Description

In partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, Bord Gáis Networks developed the ‘Science Forward’ programme which introduces 6th class primary students from designated disadvantaged schools to the world of science and to the environment of third level institutes. This educational programme is delivered through hands-on experiments and interactive workshops hosted at a third level institute. The programme runs over two days per location in Cork, Limerick, Galway/Mayo and Dublin and is facilitated by Junior Achievement and trained volunteers from Bord Gáis Networks.

Impact

Provide staff with the opportunity to get involved in a volunteering capacity.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

Company Benefits

By introducing students to third level education there is the possibility of inspiring an interest in a student to focus on education and to pursue it at third level. This effectively ensures a sustainable talent pool for employers like Bord Gáis Networks to rely on.

Stakeholder Benefits

Following participation in the programme, students have a better understanding of science and appreciate the role it plays on a day to day basis. Students also have some appreciation of the value of education and the opportunities it presents.

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