Dundalk Students Participate in DkIT Entrepreneurship School Week24 January 2019
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) recently welcomed 20 Transition Year (TY) students from St. Louis Secondary School, Dundalk on campus as part of the Institute’s Entrepreneurial School Week Programme. The week is designed to develop students entrepreneurial, creativity and innovation skills. The programme is delivered by a multi-disciplined team comprised of members from School of Engineering, School of Health & Science, School of Business & Humanities, as well as the Regional Development Centre.
The aim of the programme is to enable TY students to recognise entrepreneurial opportunities. Exploring possibilities is designed around the broad concept of the entrepreneurial mindset and will facilitate TY students to:
- consider what it means to be ‘entrepreneurial’;
- recognize their entrepreneurial potential;
- identify sources of entrepreneurial opportunities;
- develop problems solving skills
- creatively engage in identifying opportunities that could benefit others.
Colman Ledwith, from the School of Engineering and Bridget Kelly from the School of Health and Science organised the Entrepreneurship Secondary School Week.
Speaking during the event Colman said,
“I believe it is important to get students involved in entrepreneurial activities at an early age to enable them to develop curiosity and confidence to explore their own entrepreneurial ability. I have been extremely impressed by the ideas presented by TY students this week. The various workshops held allow them to recognise their own potential.”
Also speaking on the day, TY student Inga Mainule said,
“The activities throughout the week really helped me learn to think outside of the box more, there was such a mix of activities we really got to try everything from engineering to marketing. I love coming to these programmes in DkIT I’ve already signed up for another DkIT programme! Coming to DkIT is always such an exciting experience for me, we spent a lot of time here last year when our school burned down and I loved the atmosphere and the environment its great!”
Fellow Transition Year Student, Victory Isyola added,
“This week has been so fun, it has really brought out the whole classes competitive streak everyone is so keen to win each competition or come up with the best idea. I love that we have been given the opportunity to work with our hands and do something practical. I usually hate the engineering side of things but this week we were given the task of making a paper bridge without any glue or tape or staples and the bridge had to be sturdy enough to withstand 5 times the amount of paper used to create it, it was tough but we persevered as a team and then we got it! I was so proud of all the work we put in.”
The Programme is facilitate by staff from across the institute – all contributing to it’s success. Staff involved in the delivery of the programme are Bridget Kelly (Health & Science), Garrett Duffy (Regional Development Centre), Brendan Mac Quillan (retired lecturer Engineering), Neil Mc Loughlin (RDC), Kate Johnston (Business and Humanities), Fergal O Rourke (Engineering), Paul Durcan (Engineering ) and Colman Ledwith. The support team consists of Orlagh Devine, Nicola Larkin, Louise Mc Caul, Grainne Mc Kenna, (All Engineering Administration) John Collins, Pat Mc Carthy Jim Connolly (All Technical Support Staff). The programme is funded by the HEA.