Letterkenny’s Radisson BLU Hotel is establishing a new link with Royal and Prior Comprehensive School to provide students with work skills and insights.
The Letterkenny hotel has made a commitment to assist Royal and Prior Comprehensive School senior cycle students with school completion by providing a firsthand insight into the world of work.
As part of the newly established link, students will take part in the Skills @ Work programme. Volunteer employees at Radisson BLU will work with students to develop their workplace skills and their understanding of the hospitality industry. This link has been facilitated by the Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) and is an initiative of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI).
“We are delighted to be establishing this new link with Radisson BLU, Letterkenny. The Skills @ Work programme proposed by the Schools’ Business Partnership will help our students to identify the connection between education and the future opportunities that may be available. Establishing a rapport with employees from a leading local business will give great career exposure and open the students’ eyes to what exactly is involved in various jobs or careers on a day to day basis. It will allow them to explore what may be of interest to them and providing motivation and inspiration for them as they aim towards their own education and career aspirations,” said Dr. Howard Welch, Principal, Royal and Prior Comprehensive School.
Michael Saling, General Manager, Radisson BLU, Letterkenny said: “Our employees have always been eager to volunteer for local projects as they see it as a tangible way to give back something to their community. This project will appeal to employees as it will support a local school in a very proactive manner and allow them to share their expertise and experience.”
The Skills @ Work programme at Royal and Prior Comprehensive School will begin in the coming weeks. During the next few months employees of Radisson BLU will talk to the students about the real-life skills required in the workplace, such as CV writing and interview preparation. The students will also be brought on a site visit to the hotel in Letterkenny and witness the many career opportunities that exist in the tourism and hospitality industries. This will assist the students in recognising the value of completing the leaving certificate and help them explore possible career paths.
The Schools’ Business Partnership is funded by participating businesses with matching funds provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Education and Skills under the National Development Plan (NDP).