Our Lady of Mercy College Beaumont Students inspired to say ‘Yes’ to success

On Monday 1 December 2014 10 students from Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont, Dublin 9 travelled to London to kick start their Career Academy programme, and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes visit to Penna.

The event, called A Capital Experience, was organised in partnership with national charity, Career Academies UK, which aims to bridge the gap between education and work by giving young people access to real experiences of the world of work.

As part of their visit to Penna students were given a day to remember by both staff of Penna with their CEO Gary Browning.

In the afternoon, the students joined 1,700 other young people from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, all of whom are beginning the Career Academy programme. Students were given the opportunity to hear from motivational speakers and enjoyed entertainment from Citi Bank’s choir, who recently featured in the BBC’s The Choir – Sing While You Work, as well as dance group, CEO Dancers.

Career Academies UK aims to make young people work ready by delivering a programme of mentoring, master classes, workplace visits and internships in schools and colleges across the UK. Our Lady of Mercy College has begun working with Career Academies UK to help our students prepare for the world of work.

Anne Spackman, Executive Director of Career Academies UK, said: “It is always fantastic to welcome students from right across the country to experience work and life in the capital. We know that for some of them it will have been their first trip to London, and to walk into the glass and marble towers of the capital and realise that they are welcome and that someone like them could work there, is an inspirational moment for students.

“We hope that moment of inspiration will stay with them throughout the programme and motivate them to aim higher in their future careers.”

The day was a huge success from the moment we arrived to the time we left. The welcome from the Penna staff was warm and genuine. The presentation of the various talks and inter active sessions were top class and really well received by everyone who attended.

From a teaching perspective it was great to see the enthusiasm of the students. Both teachers and students all came away with a different slant on the importance of Recruitment, Coaching and Transitioning.

Again many thanks for a wonderful educational and informative day.

For more information about Career Academies UK, and to see photos from the event, visit:

Pictured above are the students with Mr Gary Browning CEO of Penna and Yvonne Skelly of Junior Achievement, Ireland.