Council volunteers teach life skills programmes in schools 27/08/15 : the chronicle.ie

Council volunteers teach life skills programmes in schools 27/08/15

| August 27, 2015

Fifteen employees at Wexford County Council were recently recognised for their participation in a five week schools-based national programme. The Junior Achievement Programme is aimed at inspiring and motivating young people to realise their potential by valuing education and understanding how to succeed in the world of work.

The event began was an addressed by Tom Enright, CEO of Wexford County Council and included a presentation of a certificate to each volunteer to mark their contribution to Junior Achievement and local schools in Wexford.

The Junior Achievement Programme was delivered to students ranging from Senior Infants at primary school level to Fourth Year students at second level and covered a range of topics including Science, Maths, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, communication and practical life skills. Through hands on interactive activities students learned about the world of work and how their town and community operates.

Throughout the programme there were also opportunities for the students to develop an understanding of the work that the County Council does including an introduction to democratic elections and town planning. A number of classes also visited the Council’s facilities to see first-hand the work that takes place such as the Council Chamber, Town Planners Office, Fire Station and Library Services.

David Minogue Communication Officer who leads the programme at Wexford County Council and volunteered recently at Wexford Vocational School commented:

“Wexford County Council, as one of the largest employers in County Wexford, is proud to play our part in supporting Junior Achievement. Throughout the 10 years of our association with this programme, our employees have shared their personal and professional experiences with Wexford’s young adults of the future, helping them to value education by giving real-life examples from the local government workplace of how education and knowledge equips the student with valuable life and career skills”.

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