Schools’ Business Partnership

Linking Schools with Business

The Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) assists the D.E.S. in its strategy to positively impact on educational inclusion in Ireland. It does this by matching one school with a large local business and engaging in various programmes.

A number of strategies were developed by the SBP to address key educational issues for schools. These include:

  • Initiatives to provide assistance to students, including one-to-one mentoring by company staff;
  • A skills programme to help students to understand the world of work through practical means such as site visits;
  • Workshops on CV preparation, interview techniques and mock interviews; and
  • Work experience placements.

In addition to these projects, a number of Management Excellence seminars are held each year for the benefit of principals and teachers. These seminars offer a unique programme in the Irish education and business context by inviting business leaders to share experience and strategy with educational leaders through a series of workshops over the course of the school year.

Some of the CEIST schools that have benefited from the Schools’ Business Partnership include Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount, Dublin 8, Caritas College, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, Mercy Secondary School, Goldenbridge, Dublin 8, Presentation Secondary School, Limerick City, North Presentation Secondary School, Farranree, Cork, Presentation Secondary School, Galway City, St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal, Mercy College, Coolock, Dublin 5, St. Brigid’s, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Scoil Mhuire Agus Pádraig, Swinford, Co. Mayo and Presentation Secondary School, Waterford City. The business partners included, Marks & Spencer, Baxter Healthcare, Diageo, Tower Hotel/Faithlegg House Hotel, Limerick 95FM, Office Depot, IBM, Dulux Paints and DMG Services.

To date the programme is involved with 163 schools that have business partners who assist their students, teachers and managers. There are currently 105 companies participating in the SBP, with many of them linked to more than one school. The D.E.S. has provided financial contributions to allow the SBP to recruit companies to work with 40 additional schools in the future.

To find out more about SBP click here.