Business in the Community
Schools’ Business Partnership
The Schools’ Business Partnership is an education inclusion programme that partners schools with business. Killarney Community College has been partnered with Marks & Spencer, Killarney for the past number of years.
The students complete : The Skills @ Work Programme
The Skills @ Work Programme provides our students with a unique insight into the world of work. Over five sessions, students are provided with the opportunity to learn about the partnering company and its business and to consider career and further study options available to them when they finish school.
Sessions in the Skills @ Work programme involve site visits, mock interviews, Day in the Life insights, group discussion sessions with employees and CV writing skills.
For employees, this is an opportunity to enhance and develop their presentation and communication skills whilst adding diversity to the working day.
In many of the companies involved in this programme, it is the HR department who conduct the mock interviews and this can be an invaluable experience for young students who would never have experienced preparing for and performing in a professional business interview.
“The most rewarding factor was seeing the difference in the students from the initial session to the final stages, the growth in self confidence that could be seen in the students following the mock interviews and the presentations.”
Company Coordinator, quote from 2012 Skills @ Work Programme Evaluation report