Schools Ambassador Programme

Dungannon & Cookstown Business Education Partnership (BEP) in conjunction with Fermanagh, Omagh & Strabane BEP, organised a Schools Ambassadors Programme on behalf of Innovation West for Year 11 students in each of the respective areas. This project is funded by the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity (EU BSP) Programme and the following District Councils:

                 • Cookstown District Council
                 • Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council
                 • Fermanagh District Council
                 • Omagh District Council
                 • Strabane District Council

The aim of the programme was to:
      • Give students an insight into Business, Engineering and IT industries in their local          area.
      • Encourage students to consider the diversity of career options within under-          represented sectors such as business, engineering, science, technology and          research.
      • Enhance the skills base of the region
      • Develop the partnership between local industry and schools to address their mutual          needs.
      • Address the issue of skills shortages and therefore develop sustainable links with          businesses to enable the promotion of their industry to young people.
      • To develop links between schools and enhance communication and understanding          between the two communities.

429 students participated in the programme that
took place in September and October 2003. Each student visited two local companies and had presentations from 3 local ambassadors.

Joe McGlinchey (Link NI)
Tyrone Crystal
Monica McGeary (IMM)
Wilsanco Plastics
Blue Circle
Martin Quinn (Armada Solutions)
John Conway (Meteor)

Included in the Photograph:
Helen Keys (Business Support)
Ruth Daly (Daly and Associates)