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End of Term – Spring News Summary

 

BizWorld Ireland Quarterly News

A warm welcome to the spring 2016 edition of the BizWorld Ireland Quarterly News. 2016 has got off to a flying start with a new partnership with Bank of Ireland. With their support, we aim to provide 250 workshops to primary school children by the end of 2016, doubling to 500 in its second year.
Planning is well underway for BizFactor 2016 which takes place in the RDS, Dublin on the 28th April as part of Tech Week.  For regular updates, you can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
In the meantime, we’d like to wish our supporters a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a peaceful Easter break.
Until next time, Fiona & Siobhan BizWorld Ireland

 

New Partnership with Bank of Ireland

We’re delighted to announce that we have partnered with Bank of Ireland and together we are rolling out BizWorld Ireland workshops in primary schools nationwide facilitated by Bank of Ireland staff.

Throughout 2016, we are training 100 Bank of Ireland staff members around the country as BizWorld Ireland tutors. This means they can run two day workshops with primary students in their local schools. Workshops feature everything from brainstorming to business development and finally the Dragon’s Den style pitch of the business.

With Bank of Ireland’s support, the partnership aims to provide 250 workshops to primary school children by the end of 2016, doubling to 500 in its second year. Over 250 Bank of Ireland staff members are expected to be trained and taking part by end of 2017.

Having Bank of Ireland on board is a real game-changer for us here at BizWorld Ireland. Since we first started offering workshops in 2011, the level of interest from primary schools has grown significantly but we simply did not have the resources and manpower to meet the demand.
Find out more about our partnership with Bank of Ireland here.

 

 

Participant Survey Results

Over the last few months, we have asked pupils to complete a short survey following their BizWorld Ireland workshop to learn more about their attitude to business and to their communities following the workshop. A big thank you to students from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology(IADT) who assisted us with collating the data.  430 pupils took part – here’s what we found out:

  • 93% of pupils told us that they learned new skills as part of the workshop.
  • 91% of pupils said that what they learned had changed their way of thinking about business and their communities.
  • 93% of pupils said that they would choose to study business studies in secondary school. We also wanted to get a sense of how pupils viewed their community so we asked them to identify a need and a solution to that need in their neighbourhood.

Pupils were asked to identify a need in their communities and come up with a solution. Overall, pupils were tuned in to current issues in their areas and wanted to see an improvement in social and cultural amenities. Some of the more popular responses included:

  • More local facilities such as: all-weather football pitches, swimming pools and playgrounds;
  • More cycle lanes as students had to cycle to school on the footpath;
  • Assistance for the elderly and more activities for the elderly to partake in;
  • Support for the homeless in the community, including an increase in hostels;
  • Stronger punishments for littering.

We were struck by how clued-in the pupils were to issues in their community. One thing is for certain, Ireland’s next entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs are already finding solutions to the problems that they face.

 

 

The Primary School Enterprise Showcase

The Primary School Enterprise Showcase Morning tool place on Tuesday, 8th March in Smurfit Business School, UCD as part of Enterprise Week. The event was organised in partnership with BizWorld Ireland, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Enterprise Office and Smurfit Business School.

Pupils from the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown schools who have recently taken part in a BizWorld Ireland workshop took part and displayed their business ideas. Pupils spoke about their experience of running a mini company. The morning also included refreshments and a fun quiz.

Last autumn, the Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown partnered with BizWorld Ireland to deliver enterprise workshops in fun and creative ways to over 25 primary schools throughout Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown during the 2015 / 2016 academic year. Approximately, 850 local primary school students have directly benefited from participation in the two-day classroom-based workshop.

 

 

 

Thank You to All Our Supporters

As always, a big thank you to all our supporters. Our work is only made possible through the support and enthusiasm of teachers, principals, local businesses and volunteers throughout Ireland. In recognition of your work, we we have teamed up with Open Badge  to provide a digital BizWorld Ireland Ambassador badge  for your social media profiles, email signature or CV. For more information on how you can earn an Open Badge, visit www.openbadges.org. Our partnership with Open Badges will help spread the word of the positive work BizWorld Ireland undertake and encourage others to join us in helping children in Ireland develop entrepreneurship skills.