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Eco-Schools Programme Celebrates 30 Years In Northern Ireland

The Eco-Schools programme, a renowned global initiative led by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that aims to create environmental awareness and action, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Northern Ireland. The milestone is being marked by a celebration event taking place today and tomorrow at Stranmillis University College with over 500 people attending including […]

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STEM Celebration Success For NI Primary Schools

Over 1,000 primary school pupils along with their teachers from across Northern Ireland celebrated the 6th year of ESB Science Blast at the ICC in Belfast.    ESB Science Blast, delivered by the RDS, is a free, all-Island non-competitive educational programme for primary schools, which involves the whole class investigating the science behind a range of

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GeoEnergy NI Gets Mayoral Seal Of Approval In Randalstown Schools Visit

The Department for the Economy’s GeoEnergy NI interactive mobile discovery centre that is designed to help visitors ‘discover the heat beneath their feet’ arrived in Randalstown on Wednesday, June 5 for a school’s information day hosted by Mount St Michael’s Primary School. In total four schools in the area got to find out more about the

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Rhymin Rab’s Ramble: Ulster-Scots Trail Introduced At Ulster Folk Museum

An educational trail – Rhymin Rab’s Ramble – has been introduced at Ulster Folk Museum. The trail is part of National Museums NI’s ‘Languages of Ulster’ programme which aims to expand visitors’ ability to explore the rich heritage and diverse traditions associated with all languages and dialects of Ulster. Languages of Ulster is one example of how

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Translink Is Buzzing About Biodiversity

It’s annual Biodiversity Day tomorrow May 22nd and Translink’s biodiversity team are busy bees monitoring pollinators. The team is continuing to survey and map pollinators in Translink’s annual pollinator monitoring programme, conducting Flower-Insect Timed Counts (FIT Counts) along the company’s transport corridors including bus and train stations. Running from April to September the FIT Count involves recording

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Ulster Bank Helps School Children Make Sense Of Money

Education Minister, Paul Givan MLA, recently attended a financial literacy lesson at a local primary school. The Lagan Valley MLA met pupils and staff at Pond Park Primary School in Lisburn before observing a MoneySense workshop delivered to the primary seven class by Ulster Bank volunteers. Ulster Bank MoneySense provides free financial education programmes for

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Open College Network Strengthens Collaboration With The Open University

Open College Network (OCN NI) has announced details of the signing of a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) with The Open University in Ireland (OU in Ireland). The MoU aims to establish a partnership between OCN NI and OU in Ireland to promote widening access for learners and create suitable progression pathways between OCN qualifications and OU

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Invest NI Paves Way For Future Entrepreneurs With Young Enterprise ESG Partnership

Invest Northern Ireland has announced an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) partnership with Young Enterprise NI which will support the next generation of entrepreneurial talent in Northern Ireland. The newly announced partnership will see Invest NI business mentors share their expertise with Young Enterprise Students to help them learn about best practice and how to

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First Cisco Academy Support Centre Launches In Northern Ireland With Support Of The Open University

The Open University (OU) is delighted to partner with Cisco, the multinational digital communications technology corporation, to create Northern Ireland’s first Cisco Academy Support Centre. The centre will provide direct support, leadership, and ownership to develop lecturers at the six Further Education colleges, helping students studying OU-validated degree programmes to connect their degree studies with

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NI Primary Schools Invited To Embrace ESB Science Blast

ESB Science Blast, delivered by the RDS, has opened applications for its 2024 event to be held at the ICC in Belfast on Tuesday June 4th. The STEM-focused education programme for primary school children, encourages critical thinking and collaboration in a fun environment. ESB Science Blast will take place at the ICC Belfast on 4th

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Hear It For The Girls: Executive Ministers Join Pupil-Led Female Leadership Celebration

Schoolgirls from across Northern Ireland successfully delivered a large-scale event at ICC Belfast today as part of the SistersIN programme. It was attended by First Minister Michelle O’Neill and deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly, underscoring the importance of the shaping the future of young women across the region. Attended by over 1,000 people, the event

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Food Industry Cleanliness: 7 Essential Practices

Cleanliness is important in all industries, but it’s especially key in the food manufacturing industry. After all, a lack of cleanliness won’t just result in lower quality products, but may also cause harm to customers and employees. Businesses in this industry have to adhere to strict cleanliness standards, and failure to do so may result

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Ulster University Business School’s Department of Management, Leadership And Marketing Honours Outstanding Talent At The Class Of 2023 Excellence Awards

The Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing in Ulster University’s Business School held its annual Excellence Awards to celebrate the class of 2023. The awards, now in their thirteenth year, are an opportunity to showcase and recognise the outstanding talent in students across a range of subjects including marketing, business studies and human resource management.

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W5 LIFE And Queen’s University Belfast Commit To Lifelong Learning With New OCN Qualification

W5 LIFE (Learning Innovation for Everyone) and Queen’s Communities and Place (QCAP), in association with the Market Development Association (MDA), are pleased to announce the launch of a new Open College Network (OCN) Northern Ireland Level 2 qualification. This bespoke programme is designed to support the education, training, and employability of individuals spanning multiple generations

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100 NI Pupils To Get Life-Saving Scan During Heart Month

A woman from Northern Ireland who lost her brother to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) has raised enough money to get 100 pupils screened for the invisible disease, in the hope of saving lives.   Amy Adair-McCourt, from Jordanstown, lost her brother, Nicky (Nick) Adair in March 2020, and since then she has been passionate about

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Generation Innovation Launches To Inspire Innovators Of The Future

Focused on fostering the equal opportunity for all within innovation and education, Catalyst has today launched its free work experience programme, Generation Innovation, for 17–18-year-olds across Northern Ireland. First launched in 2018 and funded by the Department of Economy, the one-of-a-kind work experience programme is designed to empower, enable, and upskill young people for the workplace

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Raising Awareness Of All-Age Apprenticeships At NI Social Care Council

To celebrate the recent Apprentice Week 2024 the Northern Ireland Social Care Council are highlighting the availability of all-age apprenticeships in the social care sector. We are encouraging employers in the independent and voluntary sector who want to develop their social care workers and support them to gain qualifications to find out more.   We know

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Portadown Apprentice Helps Amazon Celebrate 1,000 New Apprenticeship Opportunities

An apprentice from Ardboe working at Amazon’s delivery station in Portadown is encouraging others to start an apprenticeship and boost their careers as Amazon announces the expansion of its apprenticeship programme with the addition of 1,000 new positions across the UK in 2024. Amazon offers one of the UK’s top private sector apprenticeship schemes according

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Synergy Learning Interns Celebrate Growth At Company

To mark this year’s celebration of National Apprenticeship Week recently, a Carryduff intern and Bangor born intern-turned-employee from Northern Ireland based learning technology company Synergy Learning are sharing their stories. National Apprenticeship Week provides employers and businesses with the opportunity to promote the positive impact apprenticeships and early career programmes make to individuals and businesses

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84% Of NI Students Grapple With Unprecedented Financial Stress, NUS-USI Survey Finds

A new survey released by the national union for students in Northern Ireland, NUS-USI has shown 84% of students are worried about money with 22% worried all the time. The results, released today against the backdrop of the restored Northern Ireland Assembly, shed light on the impact of the cost of living on students, making

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Jet2holidays Provides £650,000 In Apprenticeship Funding To Support Independent Travel Agent Partners

Jet2holidays has revealed that it is providing almost £650,000 of apprenticeship funding to support independent travel agent partners in developing the next generation of talent in their stores and in the travel industry. This funding includes the transfer of almost £500,000 in apprenticeship levy funds to independent travel agents, after a phenomenal response to Jet2holidays’ Appoint an Apprentice scheme.

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Danske Bank To Recruit 12 New Apprentices

Danske Bank has reopened applications to its higher-level Apprenticeship programme Danske Futures for 2024 and is looking for twelve new apprentices to join the bank. The programme, which first launched in 2018 in partnership with Ulster University, allows students to study part-time for a degree while securing a permanent role within the bank’s Personal Banking

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Belfast Edtech Company Celebrates Award Nomination For New Primary Literacy Programme

Belfast based primary education app Komodo Learning is celebrating being shortlisted for a prestigious British Educational Training and Technology (Bett) Award 2024. Komodo, which is best known for its primary maths programme, has been nominated in the Best Education Support Resource for Parents or Home Learning category for its new primary literacy programme, Komodo English,

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Princeton Win 2024 Friendship Series In Belfast

Princeton University has been crowned 2024 Friendship Series champions after defeating Providence College in a two-game series in Belfast. Thousands of fanatical spectators packed out The SSE Arena, Belfast for two days of NCAA women’s ice hockey action, as Princeton University emulated the successes of Northeastern University in 2019 and Quinnipiac University in 2020 to

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Letter Sent To Over 230 Schools Asking Students To Say #Yes2SocialWork

As the deadline for UCAS applications draws nearer, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (Social Care Council) is continuing its campaign to invite students to consider a career in social work. Patricia Higgins, Chief Executive of the Social Care Council has written this week to over 230 post-primary schools in Northern Ireland encouraging principals and careers teachers

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Armagh Shines As A Top Destination For Finance Graduates In The UK

A recent study by InvestinGoal has identified Armagh in Northern Ireland as a leading county for new finance graduates. This analysis, based on nearly 9,000 finance sector job listings, offers fresh insights into the best regions in the UK for those embarking on a finance career. Armagh, ranking seventh with a score of 71.46 out

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Natural World Products Provides Tree-Mendous Environmental Workshops To Local Schools

Ireland’s leading organics recycling firm Natural World Products (NWP) joined Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) to mark National Tree Week with educational tree planting workshops in local primary schools. Primary seven pupils from Friends’ Prep Primary School and Moira Primary School joined NWP’s Community Outreach Manager, Sharon McMaster, to plant native saplings in their

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Ulster University To Host World-Class Digital Conference

Ulster University will host world-leading experts in digital marketing at an event taking place this month.  The event will welcome speakers from WIX, STAT Sports, ASOS and many more for a day of insight and learning and will be co-hosted by Emma Burdett, Belfast-based digital marketing consultant. Tickets for the January 25th event are available

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Belfast Agency Excalibur Press To Launch 2024 Training Webinar Series

When it comes to marketing your business, product or service most small businesses will depend on digital channels such as their website, social media and other platforms such as Google My Business. According to Fit Small Business 70% of small businesses say they use social media in their marketing strategy whilst Linkedin reveals 90% of

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Let’s Count With CCEA’s Refreshed Learning Resource

Did you know that, in Northern Ireland, the population of Country Antrim is more than 10 times that of County Fermanagh and that in 2021 Ahoghill and Whitehead were ‘census twins’ because they both had a population of exactly 3,537 people?   Let’s Count! is a learning resource developed by CCEA in partnership with Census 2021, supported by NISRA,

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Students From Ireland & NI Collaborate On EU/UK Youth Citizenship Workshop In Derry~Londonderry

Students from Ireland and Northern Ireland are taking part in a Citizenship Workshop hosted at Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry this week (6-10 November), as part of the EU/UK Youth Stronger Together programme. Media industry professionals are mentoring the Media, Journalism and Performing Arts students, from North West Regional College (NWRC), to create media content that

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Oliver Gunning Receives Inaugural Vision Sports Ireland Education Bursary

Vision Sports Ireland is delighted to announce Oliver Gunning from Ballyclare, County Antrim, as the recipient of the inaugural Education Bursary proudly supported by Mason Hayes & Curran.  Oliver is currently completing his first-year studies in BSc Hons Sport, Physical Education and Professional Education at the University of Stirling. Oliver is aspiring to assist others

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Lisburn Based Mcquillan Companies Unveils 3-Year Partnership With Ulster University Gaelic Academy To Further Advance Education And Sport

Leading Construction and Waste Management business, McQuillan Companies, has announced a new 3-year sponsorship with Ulster University as part of its developing excellence in industry through education and sport. The sponsorship with Ulster running from 2023-2026 will see McQuillan Companies sponsor the Gaelic Academy which is this year celebrating 50 years, supporting its football, hurling,

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New Chapter For Translink’s Novel Journeys

To celebrate Book Week NI, Translink has announced the addition of Libraries NI as a partner for its Novel Journeys book club, which encourages passengers to sit back during their journey and unravel in a range of riveting books for all ages. In today’s faced paced world, it can be hard to find time to

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Wild Days Out: Schools Competition Launched To Inspire Kids To Care For Green Spaces

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and Hughes Insurance have launched a competition for schools across Northern Ireland to win Wild Days Out. The events which highlight the importance of conservation education within schools, aim to inspire the next generation to care for and protect green spaces through a range of fun activities. From bug hunting to

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Catalyst Welcomes Rio Ferdinand To Meet Young People From Inclusive Innovation Programme STRYVE

Catalyst welcomed football great Rio Ferdinand on a recent visit to Belfast to meet participants in STRYVE, the inclusive skills programme which Catalyst has launched in partnership with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and International Fund for Ireland. Thirty young people in Belfast and Derry are taking part in the programme, which aims to help them

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Ulster University Unveils Exceptional Cohort Of Emerging Leaders On 25@25 Leadership Programme And Announces Glamour’s Americas Editorial Director, Samantha Barry As Guest Speaker

Ulster University has announced the 25 exceptional leaders selected from diverse sectors spanning business, technology, health, education, law, finance, public affairs, charity, sustainability, peace-building, youth work and journalism, who will begin the prestigious 25@25 leadership programme in September. These aspiring leaders from across Northern Ireland are Ulster University alumni who are currently rising to the

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