Apprenticeship evening for schools

Shannon Chamber
Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes and President Julie Dickerson with Matthew Thomas, and Ray O'Driscoll of the Shannon Group and the Chamber team (back left): Cillian Griffey, Lijana Kizaite, Dympna O'Callaghan and Deirdre Murphy

SHANNON Chamber is extending its events calendar into local schools by hosting its first apprenticeship evening in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School in Shannon where six companies will outline the types of apprenticeships available and what students need to do to enrol for them.

The event, which takes place this Wednesday, March 14, was the brainchild of the teachers in St Patrick’s Comprehensive who felt that many students would prefer to take this route to employment rather than going straight to College. Once approached with the idea, Shannon Chamber acted swiftly and engaged with local companies to assess their interest in participating.

Six companies – Modular Automation, Zimmer Biomet, Molex, Atlantic Aviation Group, Element Six Group and Lufthansa – answered the call and representatives from each company will attend the event to outline the types of apprenticeship they have on offer. Some of the speakers will be apprentices and will share their own stories of what they like about this route to employment.

“We were delighted to be approached to organise an event of this nature,” says Helen Downes, CEO of Shannon Chamber.

“While it is being held in Shannon, it is open to schools from throughout the region and we would invite students and their parents from as many schools as possible to attend, meet the companies and their apprentices and see if this is a career direction they would like to consider”.

Advance booking for this free event is essential. at

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