XILINX & JAI Celebrate 20 Years in Ireland

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To celebrate 20 years in Ireland, Kevin Cooney & his colleagues at XILINX invited representatives from each of their community partnerships to lunch recently! JAI is delighted to be among a select number of fantastic initiatives, such as Án Cosán, GOAL, IT Tallaght & The Barrettstown Gang; which are supported by XILINX. 


XILINX and JAI is celebrating five years in partnership this year and in that time 96 volunteers have worked with 1,503 local students. This is a significant investment of resources as it equates to over 1,000 staff hours in fulfilling requests from local schools for JA programmes & events. While there is great fun involved, partnering with XILINX on targeted projects like Make Maths Matter, allows us to report significant learning as well.

More Than Money with HSBC

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Sincere thanks to HSBC Holdings plc for their continued support of JA More than Money More than 387,000 students in more than 40 countries have learned about earning, spending, sharing and saving money. To date, almost 6,300 HSBC employees have … Read More

Minister Simon Harris TD Joins JA Supporters at Pioneer Investments to Plot a Path to Future Success

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The latest in the JAI Occasional Lecture Series was hosted by Pioneer Investments Management Ltd and enabled Minister Simon Harris, T.D., and Anindya Roy, Accenture to share their views on the future of the financial services industry and stimulate some very interesting exchanges with JA-invited guests from the sector this week. 

In welcoming everyone to Pioneer Investments, Robert Richardson, CEO, underlined his belief in the value of the work being done by his staff in volunteering with Junior Achievement and the critical nature of the work to promote financial literacy being championed by all the organisations represented at the breakfast briefing. 

Minister Harris articulated the vision for the sector set out in the IFS2020 strategy. In a wide-ranging address the Minister thanked all of the organisations represented for their investment in promoting financial literacy among the next generation and reinforced the value of enabling young students to participate in entrepreneurship education. “Such experiences allow young people to develop skills, including the need for resiliency in dealing with disruption, which will play an ever-greater role in the world of work and particular in this dynamic sector” he said. The Minster highlighted the goals of the working group on skills as a key part of the implementation of IFS Strategy 2020, and in chairing that group, he underlined his commitment to ensuring Ireland is well-placed to capitalise on opportunities in this industry into the future. He finished by welcoming the opportunity to hear the insights of industry leaders and the factors they see as priorities in terms of maintaining/ building the conditions for success, including developing future talent. 

Pioneer June 3rd with Minister Harris

Microsoft – Make Maths Matter

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75 Microsoft employees worked with Junior Achievement Ireland to reach out to 500 primary school students to enjoy a fun-filled maths skills workshop called Make Maths Matter. Microsoft hosted ‘Make Maths Matter’ at its Sandyford headquarters for local 5th and 6th class students on May 26th. Simultaneously, other Microsoft team members delivered the same programme in primary schools across Dublin to celebrate its 30th year in Ireland. 

MMM Microsoft May 2015

CoYC National Finalist 2015

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National Final of the Company of the Year Competition will take place this year in DCU Ryan Academy on the 13th/14th May. The finalists have come a long way from their classroom. From brainstorming to now actively selling, students have … Read More

Clondalkin Students Work It Out Through Sport!

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Fidelity Investments and Xilinx combined forces with Junior Achievement Ireland to complete very successful ‘Working It Out’ events on 22nd and 23rd April at UCD Sports Centre. These fun-filled maths and games events were the culmination of the Make Maths Matter project, … Read More

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Enjoy AOL

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AOL volunteers opened the doors of their offices last week to give local 6th Class students from St Patrick’s National School, Chapelizod a fantastic day in the company of their teacher, Jason and staff member, Maria. 

dragonss den AOLSome of the fantastic AOL Mentors: Ciara, John, Jose, Kieran, Ken, Gavin, Laura & Cian

From the moment of their arrival, the students took full advantage of the learning experience, studying the scale model of the very impressive nautical-themed complex on display at reception.

Travelling to the 10th floor, they were greeted by 12 AOL mentors who worked with each of the five teams to finalise their business projects. As well as taking on board the ‘Four Ps of Marketing’ (Price, Product, Promotion and Place), the students participated in conference calling and video linking.