The BJC with the support of JP Morgan Chase have developed a new and exciting innovative IT work experience enterprise to provide individuals from disadvantaged communities in Dublin the opportunity for hands-on experience of an IT work environment.
Many young people face a labour market dilemma they cannot get a job without work experience, and they cannot get work experience because they do not have a job. Young people coming from disadvantaged areas also have fewer opportunities to use personal and family networks to access work experience. COVID-19 has made it more difficult for young people to access work experience due to the move to remote working. The Project aims to assist young people to overcome these barriers.
The project provides opportunities to enhance your digital skills by working on IT related projects in conjunction with employers and the support of mentors. It also provides an opportunity to develop your work environment soft skills in a professional setting.
Are you between 18-30 years old?
You have the skills but find it difficult to find a job in the IT sector with no real work experience?
— If “YES”, you’re in the right place! —
We are open for 2023 RECRUITMENT and NEW PROJECTS are also welcomed!!
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Work Experience Enterprise (WEE) participants will gain first-hand experience of tools, programs, devices used by employers and will have the opportunity to acquire new skills as well as demonstrate their own unique skill-sets in real-world client/employer based scenarios. Participants will also learn how to implement effective collaboration and teamwork skills to work as a cohesive unit to accomplish the common goal, as well understanding the value of taking ownership and pride in delegated tasks.
Projects are requested and guided by actual employers in a range of IT areas, including but limited to web development, software development, databases and upon completion participants will have obtained the knowledge, confidence and authentic experience going forward.
Recruitment open for 2023 programmes!!!
Employers that get involved with the Work Experience Enterprise (WEE) Project can expect to benefit significantly.
WEE Project provides real work experience to the candidates with an innovative and mutually beneficial environment that reduces or even mitigates risk and cost. Participants stand to gain insight, knowledge and experience, while employers will not only have the potential to gain new employees alongside a completed project, but also fresh perspectives and ideas from aspiring minds as they make the project a reality.
This will also offer room to use the WEE Project, to utilize its participants for collaboration, brainstorming and implementation of any future evolving and developing ideas or projects.
No risks to employer, reduced recruitment, training time and costs.
New projects welcome, contact Martina on email@example.com or via our Contact section.
The Talent Garden
Both participants and employers will have the pleasure to work together in the Talent Garden.
The Talent Garden, located in Glasnevin, Dublin, is a modern facility with a highly spacious and impressively well-designed interior that offers a unique coworking experience. With 350 members, the Talent Garden affords the opportunity to network and interact with like-minded, creative professionals and learners. These physical and virtual spaces are home for ideas and collaborations to thrive.
It also provides a friendly work environment that encourages networking between its members. The participants are invited to various networking events, where they can increase connections with employers within the IT industry.
Fifth group already started, and they are working on the Wire Frame of the project, where they have to develop a database with a functional Web-app for the HR Department from BJC.
Huge thanks to Liam Barry and StartUp Ballymun for providing the project!
Very exciting news update from Group 4… Two of the participants started their apprenticeships, one of them with HSE, Sligo and the other participant as a Network Engineer, with Zurich Ireland, while the third participant got a full time job with Sensori FM. We wish you guys the very best in your future!
The team finished developing a website with Dublin City Council, for their StartUp Ballymun Project, where they successfully presented their work back to the Employer.
They also have completed multiple soft skill modules including, Project Management, Communications, CV clinic, Team Building, and they have also completed specific skills workshops in Figma and WordPress.
We are looking forward to seeing the website’s impact on the StartUp Ballymun project!!
Huge thanks to Derek Morgan with Carnegie Counselling Centre for providing the project!
Also, Nishant and Kanhu from the Coder Spot for providing mentoring when needed! Your mentoring helped our group immensely!
Exciting updates as four of the participants have gained employment or apprenticeship, Alex is about to start his Civil Service apprenticeship, Conor is now a Database Administrator for a pharmaceutical company, Kemi is customer support for Zazzle while Jenny is Junior Developer on AWS Apprenticeship programme. We wish them every success in their future endeavours!!
The four remaining participants continued to work on the Digital Management Application for Carnegie Counselling Centre. They have reached the end of the project and handed over the functional Web-app successfully.
Throughout the project the participants did various soft skill modules while improving their technical skills with specific workshops on WordPress, Laravel, Visual Studio Code, XAMPP and many more.
We wish you the best of luck on your future endeavours!
Group 2 finished on 5 th of August, the four participants have developed a website and a working database for BJC’s Ballyrunners project.
Over a period of four months, they successfully utilized and improved their soft skills, technical skills and presenting skills while being mentored by Microsoft and Ciarán a participant from previous group. Thanks for all your mentoring support.
One of the participants gained part-time employment as a Project Support Officer while the others are continuing to develop their skills and researching employment opportunities!
Group 1 of the Work Experience Enterprise project finished on the 3rd of June. The four participants have completed the project work by utilizing their IT and soft skills.
In a short four-month period they have learned to work as a team, utilising the soft skills required, such as commitment, motivation, communication, determination, negotiation, and organisation skills. They have set a very high standard, by delivering a “working job seeking” web app for Ballymun Job Centre.
The final task for the participants was to present their project back to the Employer Advisory Board members and the project Mentors; the presentation was delivered on the 2nd of June, in Hybrid mode, which allowed the participants the opportunity to showcase their work. A special thank you to the team mentors, Manus O Rourke and the Microsoft team for supporting the participants along the way.
We would like to wish the participants the very best in their future careers, they would be an asset to any IT company.