The Skills@Work partnership between SITA and Finn Valley College, Stranorlar, County Donegal, Ireland has been supporting local students since 2010. The initiative brings SITA employees and students together to share real-life skills required in the workplace such as CV writing and interview preparation. The partnership has had a big impact at the college, not only in delivering a first-class series of sessions on Skills@Work but also providing invaluable work experience for eager students keen to pursue careers in the IT industry.
Program activities include a ‘Day in the Life’ session to assist the students in recognizing the value of completing the leaving certificate and help them explore possible career paths. The students are also brought on a site visit to the SITA offices in Letterkenny to see first-hand the many career opportunities that exist in the communications and IT industry, particularly the air transport industry.
"Our employees have been eager to volunteer for the program as they see it as a tangible way to give back something to the local community and a local school. SITA has an extensive internship program in place for third year level and post-graduate students but working with Finn Valley College we are able to give younger students a glimpse into the fascinating world of the air transport industry which carries more than two and half billion passengers each year. SITA’s systems are used by almost every airline and airport in the world, so by visiting our center in Letterkenny the students get a truly global view of how airlines and airports are run."
– Chris Carlson, Director of Software Development Ireland, SITA
The Skills@Work program is facilitated by the Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) and is an initiative of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), Ireland's largest corporate social responsibility network.
"I just wanted to say a huge Thank You to each one of you and in particular all the SITA team that made today’s’ site visit such an excellent experience for all involved. The planning and preparation taken to make everything happen is something I would like to acknowledge and restate just how much we value all the work contributed by everyone including the care and attention taken to bring about a visit that informs, encourages and inspires!"
– Elaine McFadden, Regional Coordinator – Donegal, The Schools’ Business Partnership, BITCI (December 2013)