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Y11 students engage in a game as part of the Staying in School programme - View Full Size Image
Y11 students engage in a game as part of the Staying in School programme
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Y11 students enjoying the Economics of Staying in School programme
10/04/2008 LORETO STUDENTS LEARN VALUE OF STAYING IN SCHOOL

All Year 11 students at Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, enjoyed a half-day workshop on The Economics of Staying in School on Thursday 10th April 2008.

Thanks to Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, the Year 11 students now know the value of staying in school. The programme presented by the Young Enterprise team helps students understand that, by not acquiring further qualifications, they may be dooming themselves to jobs which will limit their lifestyle possibilities in later life.

“With university fees on the rise, many students are wondering whether the cost of education is worth the investment,” says Karen Murphy, who runs the programme.  “Some students wonder whether they can even afford it.  The prospect of thousands of pounds of student loan debt is one reason students are re-thinking whether getting a post-secondary qualification is worthwhile.”

The Economics of Staying in School programme is designed not only to show students in stark terms the difference between what they could earn if they pursued further qualifications, but also the difference in their future lifestyles.  Through a variety of interactive activities during the course of the day, the students explored the choices they will make in the years ahead, as well as the realities of budgeting and the cost of living.

“Continuing education needn’t mean university qualifications,” continued Karen Murphy.  “Other courses can also increase a young person’s potential employability.  We discuss a variety of options, including university qualifications, apprenticeships, certificates and training schemes.  Consideration is also given to the possibility of the students one day running their own business.  The emphasis is on encouraging the students to obtain sufficient information to enable them to make an informed choice of career.”

Miss Maria Flannelly, Head of Careers at Loreto College, thanked the Young Enterprise representatives who led the day for their interesting and thought-provoking contribution to the Year 11 Careers and Employability programme.