Mahon students get an insight to the ‘World of Work’
Second year students from Nagle Community College, Mahon, visited the headquarters of Gas Networks Ireland in Cork city as part of Business in the Community Ireland's (BITCI) nationwide education initiative.
One of six BITCI programmes under this initiative is the ‘World of Work’ programme which aims to help increase student retention rates by showing them the many career and further education opportunities available once they stay in school and attain a Leaving Certificate.
Gas Networks Ireland, the operator of Ireland’s gas grid, and BITCI, the country’s leading organisation in driving the agenda for responsible business, have been helping to bring the world of work to students at Nagle Community College for over 15 years.
The visit allowed students to explore Gas Networks Ireland's headquarters, engage with its employees, and gain insights into presentation skills as well as the significance of sustainability at the national utility.
Gas Networks Ireland’s Social Sustainability Manager, Gráinne O’Reilly said:
"These initiatives are truly inspiring for both teachers and students. Witnessing the diverse roles in the workplace has a positive impact on students, broadening their horizons and raising their awareness of potential career paths."
“Employee volunteering is a key part of our social sustainability activities. During the year, Gas Networks Ireland’s volunteers dedicated 1,253 hours to give back to the communities in which we operate.”
Jack Butler, a teacher at Nagle Community College said:
“Gas Networks Ireland has been an invaluable partner in shaping our students’ futures. Their support through workshops, site visits and mentorship has made a lasting impact on their educational journey.”
Headquartered in Cork, Gas Networks Ireland holds the Business Working Responsibly Mark, a certification audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland based on ISO26000. As holders of the Mark, Gas Networks Ireland contributes to the Leaders Group on Sustainability and co-chairs the Low Carbon Economy Group.
In addition to the 'World of Work' programme, Gas Networks Ireland also collaborates with BITCI in delivering the 'Time to Count' numeracy programme for primary schools nationwide and provides mentorship for the Management Excellence for Principals and Teachers initiative.