Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the launch of the ‘Inspiring the Future’ initiative, which is being implemented by South Dublin County Partnership. The inaugural Inspiring the Future Ireland event took place in Collinstown Park Community College, the first school in Ireland to avail of this new initiative.
Speaking at the official launch, Fitzgerald said “Inspiring the Future provides the opportunity for ordinary working adults to go into a school near where they live or work and have a chat about the job that they do. These connections and simple conversations may spark a thought within a young person, may make them consider a career path they never thought about before, or may even make them realise the importance of what they learn in school and how that might influence their career choice. A simple conversation and supportive environment may inspire a young person to reach their full potential and consider career areas they may not have considered before.
“As Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation I am really delighted to support this fantastic project. Well done to the team in South Dublin County Partnership, the Education and Employers Charity, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Google for introducing this project to Ireland.
“As Local TD, I am delighted that Collinstown Community College is the first school in Ireland to implement this initiative; I know many local young people in Collinstown will benefit hugely from this initiative. Collinstown is an energetic and positive school. Students learn more than just the academic curriculum, the great range of activities, including sports clubs to book club, enterprise club and choir. The dedication of Principal Pauline Duffy and the staff ensures that student’s leaving Collinstown are prepared for the world. And Inspiring the Future initiative fits perfectly into this holistic educational experience.
“My colleagues and I in Government believe there should be equality of opportunity for everyone throughout the country. We want to help everyone reach their full potential, by ensuring that everyone gets a fair chance, and to ensuring that all parts of Ireland share prosperity and economic growth whether that is through new roads, broadband, better third level institutions and more job opportunities.
Fitzgerald concluded, “this initiative, Inspiring the Future Ireland, has fantastic potential and I am delighted to see it being introduced to Ireland."