Digital skills and enterprise programme launched for Limerick schoolchildren

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Pictured: Liam Galvin, Mayor of Limerick City & County with Eamon Ryan, LEO, Limerick; Maeve Liston, Mary Immaculate College; Roisin Crotty and Fiona McKeon, BizWorld Ireland. Front row Gaelscoil Sairseal students Laurie McNamara, Amar Jagana, Monique Sheehy, Rachel Leo, Anthony O'Connor and Ethel-Rose Murray

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8 September 2015 | 0

Local Enterprise Office, Limerick and BizWorld Ireland have teamed up to deliver a series of enterprise and digital skills workshops throughout Limerick City and County.

BizWorld Ireland is a national organisation that promotes entrepreneurship skills amongst young people.  It delivers workshops for children aged 10 to 13, teaching them about money management, critical thinking and enterprise.

The partnership with the Local Enterprise Office will see BizWorld enterprise workshops delivered in 20 primary schools over the coming academic year.

The workshops will culminate in a regional ‘BizFactor’ final in Limerick in late spring 2016, where children will put the skills they have learned into practice by addressing an issue in their community, and making presentations on their project to a panel of judges. The digital skill development element of the programme will see the children learning to pitch and use the perfect deck of slides to influence potential investors. The children will also be tasked with digitally produce a television advertisement for their business ideas.

Fiona McKeon, CEO, BizWorld Ireland, said: “The Irish education system has not traditionally offered entrepreneurship programmes for young people, particularly at primary level. This means generations of children have reached adulthood with only very limited awareness of financial management, enterprise and related skills.

“This is apparent when you think about your own adult peers: how many times have you heard a friend or colleague say they don’t really understand their pay slip or they’re no good at budgeting, or they have no business sense?

“BizWorld Ireland aims to address this issue, by partnering with schools throughout the country – and with organisations such as Local Enterprise Office, Limerick – to delivered tailored enterprise workshops for 10- to 13-year-olds.  Instilling an entrepreneurial spirit in children from a very young age, and developing their awareness of financial management, means they are equipped to become financially responsible and productive members of society.”

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