Clonmel-based leading healthcare company, Abbott, is celebrating ten years of helping more than 2,500 primary and secondary school students in Clonmel, and almost 14,000 around Ireland through the Junior Achievement Ireland initiative.
More than 500 employee volunteers from eleven Abbott sites around the country have used their skills and expertise to deliver innovative enterprise and life skills programmes in more than 100 schools since the partnership began in 2003.
This academic year, 32 employee volunteers from Abbott Vascular in Clonmel will deliver programmes to more than 470 students in six schools including Presentation Primary, St. Oliver’s NS, Gaelscoil Chluain Meala, Powerstown NS, St. Mary’s CBS, and St Peter & St Paul’s CBS.
Junior Achievement Ireland encourages young people to remain in education. Working with volunteers from public and private sector organisations, a wide range of enterprise, maths, science, life skills and diversity programmes are provided for students at all levels of the education system to develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.
William Boxwell, site director, Abbott Vascular Clonmel explained why the company has developed and fostered this long-term partnership. “At Abbott, we believe that school children and their families should be supported as early in the education cycle as possible. Our work encourages interactive, child-friendly learning and raises awareness of the range of educational opportunities available to all children.