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Y11 students, with Jackie Smith of Young Enterprise NI, enjoying their Learn To Earn workshop - View Full Size Image
Y11 students, with Jackie Smith of Young Enterprise NI, enjoying their Learn To Earn workshop
Y11 students deep in thought during their Young Enterprise NI Learn To Earn workshop - View Full Size Image
Y11 students deep in thought during their Young Enterprise NI Learn To Earn workshop
Y11 students with Maria McLaughlin of Bank of Ireland at their Learn To Earn workshop - View Full Size Image
Y11 students with Maria McLaughlin of Bank of Ireland at their Learn To Earn workshop
Y11 students Emma McLaughlin, Abigail McBroom and Niamh Cunning enjoying the Learn To Earn workshop - View Full Size Image
Y11 students Emma McLaughlin, Abigail McBroom and Niamh Cunning enjoying the Learn To Earn workshop
Y11 students Anna Morrison and Elizabeth White with Gail Hamilton of Young Enterprise NI at the Learn To Earn workshop - View Full Size Image
Y11 students Anna Morrison and Elizabeth White with Gail Hamilton of Young Enterprise NI at the Learn To Earn workshop
18/03/2015 LORETO STUDENTS LEARN VALUE OF STAYING IN SCHOOL

All Year 11 students at Loreto College Coleraine enjoyed a workshop on The Economics of Staying in School on Wednesday 18th March 2015.

Thanks to Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, the Year 11 students now know the value of staying in school. The ‘Learn to Earn’ 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.

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.”

Mrs Sinead McNicholl, Employability Co-ordinator at Loreto College, thanked the Young Enterprise representatives Gail Hamilton and Jackie Smith, as well as Maria McLaughlin of Bank of Ireland, who led the day, for their interesting and thought-provoking contribution to the Year 11 Careers and Employability programme.