Students to put their BESS foot forward

Students to put their BESS foot forward
A new business employment scheme for students of Letterkenny Institute of Technology is set to be launched later this month.

A new business employment scheme for students of Letterkenny Institute of Technology is set to be launched later this month.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology Student Union, in conjunction with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Letterkenny Institute of Technology, will officially launch the Business Employment Scheme for Students (BESS) on campus at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), on Monday 21 September.

The BESS initiative, a brain child of the Student Union President, Dylan McGowan, has been developed to enable students and businesses engage with each other, for the purpose of providing part-time or temporary jobs for students.

This pilot programme hopes to assist local businesses, by providing the local business network with access to LYIT students, who may be seeking part-time or temporary work.

Dylan McGowan,stated “I know what it’s like to be a struggling student; this initiative aims to match local business needs, with needs of LYIT students, seeking part-time work. With thanks to Catherine Lyster, Careers Officer at LYIT, I have been able to bring this initiative to the pilot stage. I have been overwhelmed by the response from local businesses to get involved in the BESS programme, and this is thanks to Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, who has backed this initiative. ”

Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber has welcomed the scheme and has outlined that “Letterkenny Chamber has always recognised the value of LYIT and indeed the students to the economy.

Paul Hannigan, President, LYIT, stated: “This initiative will be viewed as a useful asset to businesses in the locality as we have bright, ambitious and hard-working students on both our campuses who would relish the opportunity of part-time work in the locality.

“This year we envisage it to be a pilot programme but hopefully with the help of feedback from participating businesses, this initiative can become solidified over time”.

If you are a business, interested in learning more about the BESS programme please contact; Dylan McGowan, Student Union President, directly on 0867702701, supresident@lyit.ie Catherine Lyster, Careers Officer, 074 9186812, careers@lyit.ie or Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce on 074 9124866.