Junior Achievement Ireland

Junior Achievement Ireland

Merlin college works closely with Junior Achievement Ireland. Throughout the year students hear from many speakers organised by JAI. Students also take part in entrepreneurial, Project Development and Career Workshops facilitated by Junior Achievement Ireland.

Students and teachers at Merlin College are celebrating this week as they took home gold in the Junior Achievement Ireland TESA Awards. The Entrepreneurial School Awards recognise the work of teachers in developing entrepreneurial skills in students and their commitment to promoting the world of business in the classroom. Some 94 primary and second-level schools attended a special awards ceremony, hosted by Microsoft in their Dublin headquarters on October 10th last. Commenting on their win, Business teacher at Merlin College, Ms. Claire Stenson, said it was a huge achievement for the school.

“We have worked extremely hard over the last number of years to develop our enterprise programme. The school community are very proud of our creative and innovative students who have put so much effort into their business ideas which has led to this award.”

Merlin College works closely with some of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs, Dragon’s Den personality Norah Casey arranged for 5th Year students to attend her enterprise networking morning last March while Pádraig Ó Céidigh spoke to students recently about his work as not only a senator but his time at helm of Aer Arann and Aer Lingus Regional. Merlin College also works with Niamh Grealish Programme Coordinator for Junior Achievement Ireland who facilitates the running of a number of entrepreneurial workshops in the school on an ongoing basis. Students are not only enterprising in the school but also in the local community. Merlin college is participating in the Neat Streets Programme in conjunction with Green Schools Ireland. This sees students from the Galway City school take part in monthly community litter picks as well as working with the community in the Ard Centre in Doughiska.

Students continue to meet on a weekly basis in the school’s enterprise hub developing new business opportunities as the business department continues to nourish Galway’s youngest entrepreneurs.

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