It was announced this week that 96 business volunteers and 96 students have graduated from the Student Mentoring Programme which is run by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI). The Student Mentoring programme, partners School Completion Programme schools, mainly DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) with a local business which then provides mentors to a number of students in the final two years of post-primary school.
Business in the Community Ireland is the network for responsible business. The Student Mentoring programme is part of its on-going work to help businesses have a more positive impact on the communities in which they do business.
Since 2000, it has partnered 356 targeted schools with businesses through its range of education programmes. These include the Student Mentoring Programme and also the Skills @ Work initiative. Together, through these programmes, over 40,000 students in Ireland have been impacted.
The programme is aimed at encouraging students to complete their Leaving Certificate and to give insights into the working world and varying career opportunities.
The Student Mentoring Programme is part funded by participating businesses and Tusla. In 2017 basis.point. has provided funding to support the expansion of the programme to more schools and students around the country.
For the 2016/2018 programme, employees from the following businesses participated as mentors: Allianz WWC, Diageo, Investec, Limerick IT, Horse Racing Ireland and Pramerica (Donegal).
The Schools involved were Presentation SS, Warrenmount, D7; St. Dominic’s SS, Ballyfermot; Marino College, Dublin 3; St. John’s De La Salle, Ballyfermot; Mulroy CC, Donegal; Curragh PP, Kildare and Thomond CC, Limerick.
Speaking this week, Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton said, "I congratulate all the business volunteers and students on their participation in this programme. Business in the Community Ireland is providing a wonderful example of how businesses can actively engage with schools in their community and make tangible impacts on young peoples’ lives."