Published on December 13th, 2016 | by admin0
Community and Business Enterprise Field trip. Harmac
Leaving Cert Business and LCVP students recently visited Harmac Ltd, Castlerea to gain a deeper insight into local enterprise. The Managing Director, Mr. Mick Mc Enroe gave a very informative presentation which consisted of a video about the company, its background and production processes. He referred to multiple aspects of the Leaving Cert Business course during the visit ranging from Human Resource Management, Product Development to Global Business. He informed the students that Harmac Ltd first set up in Castlerea almost 20 years ago with a total of 20 employees and today it provides employment for over 300 people. He spoke about the importance of quality assurance, given the nature of their business quality marks and the high standards required to achieve them. Sample products were displayed for the students.
After the presentation the students had the opportunity to get involved by asking Mr. McEnroe some questions. He explained further about the contributions Harmac makes to the local community in terms of both direct and indirect employment and sponsorship of local sports clubs and charities. The students then had an opportunity to view one of the clean rooms where product assembly takes place. Mr. McEnroe encouraged all the students to consider future jobs in the medical technology area given its importance to the Irish economy. The students found the trip interesting and insightful, not only for their Business and LCVP course but also for their future careers.
Following the visit to Harmac, the students proceeded to The Hub to see a wonderful example of community enterprise in action. The group was given a guided tour by Mr Brian Stenson, who detailed the many activities which take place in the Hub as well as giving a background to the community development project. He also outlined some of the exciting developments planned for the future of the Hub including the announcement of the development of a Food Incubation Facility at the centre. CCS would like to congratulate all involved in this wonderful initiative.
In conclusion, their teacher Ms Ryan, thanked both Mick Enroe and Brian Stenson for taking the time to meet the students and afford then the opportunity of a first hand insight into community and local enterprise.