Pictured above: Rosses Community School students with Deputy Principal Mary Forrestal and LCA Teacher, Patricia Graham celebrate the Wrap Up of their Skills @ Work Programme with Brian McGonagle and Colm Buckley, LYIT completing their third year of Schools’ Business Partnership.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) recently concluded their third successful year of The Skills @ Work programme working with the students of Rosses Community School – an initiative which endeavours to provide a first-hand insight for senior cycle students into the world of work.

Over the course of the programme, employees of LYIT provided a number of talks on the background of the organisation, services/operations, roles and responsibilities of staff as well as workshops on CV preparation and interview techniques. The students were also brought on two site visits to LYIT and saw the various career opportunities and courses that exist within the college.

At the concluding session held at the Rosses Community School the students received Certificates of Achievement for completing the programme and gave feedback on their experiences of the programme to Brian McGonagle and Colm Buckley, The Curve – LYIT, Company Coordinators.

Patricia Graham, LCA Teacher at Rosses Community School said, “The impact that this initiative has had on the students is visible right from day one, it generates interest and motivation for the students to succeed and to continue to work hard on their studies. The partnership with LYIT has been invaluable to the school.”

“LYIT are delighted to be in partnership with Rosses Community School,” said John Andy Bonar, Head of Development, LYIT, “Our employees are committed to the programme and they enjoy meeting the students and sharing their career experiences with them. It’s also an opportunity for the employees of LYIT to gain an insight into the second level student life and our educational system.”

The Schools’ Business Partnership is funded by participating businesses with matching funds provided by the Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs and the Dept. of Education and Skills under the National Development Plan (NDP).


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