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Published on February 11th, 2020 | by admin


TY & LCA Business Field Trip.

Recently, our TY and Enterprise students, accompanied by their teachers Ms Y Ryan and Mr J Reidy, participated in a field trip to Ireland West Airport Knock, Bring Transport International, Ballinlough and KPS Printing, Knock. The visits afforded the students the opportunity to experience the world of work in action and exposed them to a variety of careers.

At Bring International, the students heard about the first hand experiences of Thomas Murphy and Mark, both local entrepreneurs who recently set up their business and operate a transport service throughout Europe. Both came to the business using different career paths and this was a valuable insight for the students. They both shared many words of advice for the working world and indeed for life in general and emphasised the importance of a good work ethic and being happy in the career you choose.

TY students visiting BRING INTERNATIONAL, Ballinlough.

KPS provided an insight into the world of graphics, design, branding and packaging whilst also learning about the rewards and risks of running your own business. KPS produce packaging for many companies such as Seavite and Voya as well as printing books, calendars and many other items.

TY Students visiting KPS Printers Knock.

The main visit of the day was to Ireland West Airport Knock and having conducted research on the history and development of the airport the students were delighted with the opportunity to observe the operations of the airport first hand.

The group were greeted by Operations Manager, Catherine O’Boyle, who presented the students with their security badges to allow them access all areas of the airport. She then gave an outline of the action packed day ahead.

The group were given three separate presentations from various departments within the airport. These were Human Resources, Marketing and Fire and Security. Each of the presentations provided the students with an in depth insight into the airport and also highlighted the importance of the airport to the West of Ireland and its wider catchment area of 1.1 million people.

Following these presentations, the group then went downstairs for a tour of the customer services area. Then the highlight of the trip; the students divided in groups and having cleared security were given access to the observation tower. Here they observed the staff at work as flights landed and departed from the airport. The staff gave an outline of the various equipment as well as arrival and departure procedures.

The visit proved to be a huge success and touched on so many aspects of a variety of subjects at Leaving Cert level as well as possible future careers while highlighting the importance of the airport to the West of Ireland.

TY & LCA Students with Teacher Ms. Y Ryan at Ireland West Airport Knock.

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