Students live like engineers for the day

By Amy Lewis

Published 09/03/2016 | 00:00

Children from Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts at the Engineer's Week visit to Medentech.
Children from Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts at the Engineer's Week visit to Medentech.

A group of Scoil Mhuire students ditched the books for a day in the life of an engineer at a recent School to Work Day with Medentech.

As part of National Engineers Week and in conjunction with the Junior Achievement initiative, 23 students paid a visit to the Wexford company to get some hands-on experience and discuss future career opportunities.

After welcoming them on site, Senior HR Manager at Medentech Deirdre Forte explained how their disinfection tablets kill harmful bacteria on surfaces in clinical environments. She also introduced them to their water purification tablets, which help to make their typical glass of tap water safer to drink. Following this, Nicola Roche conducted an informative talk about how vaccinations work.

Engineers Jason Malone and Ciaran Fortune took the students through their own education and career paths to date, highlighting the role that education played in climbing the career ladder.

To finish off the day, the engineers took the students on a tour of the plant, where they saw first-hand what it was like to work as an engineer and the different processes used at Medentech. After a very successful morning and to mark the energy, enthusiasm and effort that the students applied, each of them was presented with a certificate of achievement.

Commenting on the experience with the local students, Deirdre Forte, Senior HR Manager at Medentech said:

'Medentech have partnered with Junior Achievement for a number of years now, and we are delighted to host the school to work event again this year. We are pleased to be able to offer the students an insight into the world of work and highlight the benefits a career in engineering can offer the future workforce of Wexford.'

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