DUNDALK based test development and delivery firm Prometric has teamed up with Junior Achievement (JA) Ireland to encourage young people to stay in school.
Prometric and JA Ireland aim to promote the value of staying in school and using an education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as a foundation for a rewarding professional career.
Prometric, in addition to a e5,000 contribution to JA, has organised a team of employee volunteers to visit Dundalk-area schools and mentor secondary school students.
“Prometric is a company that fits well into our network of world-class organisations eager to help the students of today become the highly skilled professionals of tomorrow,” said Della Clancy, Executive Director of Junior Achievement.
“We are grateful for Prometric’s support and the ongoing commitment of its employees to reach out to students in the classroom. It is amazing to see how students - many from disadvantaged circumstances - become inspired and take charge of their futures when our corporate volunteers engage them in this capacity.
“Companies like Prometric - that specialize in highly technical business-to-business services and have embraced the wealth of talent here in Ireland - can offer these students the types of careers once considered unattainable.”
Prometric’s Vice President of Test Development Operations Holly Dance said: “The connection between education and earnings can be profound, and our contributions to Junior Achievement are designed to inspire students in the greater Dundalk region to finish secondary school, aspire to lifelong education and develop highly skilled careers.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Junior Achievement and connect with students in schools less than ten minutes from our Dundalk operations centre.”
She added: “Since our arrival in Dundalk, in November, we have found a tremendous wealth of talent at our doorstep, including DkIT graduates and other valuable additions to our team.”
JA Ireland is part of a worldwide organisation reaching out to 9.3 million young people each year. In Ireland, JA has grown from reaching 500 students in 1995 to 70,000 today, through partnerships with more than 150 leading organisations.
JA helps young people to prepare for the world of work, by giving them skills in communications and preparing them for interviews.