Fifth year students from Portlaoise College have completed the first ‘Skills@Work programme 2013/14, with the help of Laois County Council.
Over the year, employees of Laois County Council from HR to the Fire Service, gave students an insight into their services and responsibilities.
It is part of a new initiative by the Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP), who are matching up senior cycle students with local businesses to give students a taste of working life.
The students took part in workshops on CV preparation and interview techniques, finishing off with mock interviews.
They also went on a site visit to Laois County Council to see the many career opportunities in the organisation.
At an enjoyable final session held at the school recently, the students received their Certificates of Achievement for completing the programme.
“The impact that this initiative has had on the students is visible right from day one, it generates an interest and motivation for the students to succeed and to continue to work hard on their studies. The partnership with Laois County Council has been invaluable to the school,” said Keith McClearn, Coordinator of the programme for Portlaoise College.
The students gave feedback on their experiences of the programme to Georgina Ireland, who coordinated the programme on behalf of Laois County Council, and the staff who gave of their time over the duration of the academic year.
“Laois County Council are delighted to be in partnership with Portlaoise College. Our employees are committed to the programme and they enjoy meeting the students and sharing their career experiences with them. It is also an opportunity for the employees to gain insight into student life and our educational system.’ said Georgina Ireland, Community & Enterprise Dept, Laois County Council.
Laois County Council have been supporters of the Schools’ Business Partnership Programme. Funded under the National Development Plan, it aims to match 200 schools nationwide with businesses this year.