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Students talk business, as gaeilge!

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 4:53pm

Hundreds of transition year students from Cork’s Gaeltacht areas will take part in an Irish-speaking entrepreneur programme next year.

Údarás na Gaeltachta - Clár na gComhlachtaí is a business learning experience developed in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and is taught through the Irish language to students attending schools in Gaeltacht regions in Ireland.

More than 750 transition year students from Gaeltacht areas in Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Kerry and Waterford will take part in the 2018/19 campaign which aims to encourage budding entrepreneurs to develop their own mini-enterprises and ultimately compete in a national final next year.

Seán Kyne, Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht officially launched the programme in Coláiste na Coiribe, in Galway recently.

Minister Kyne said: “The entrepreneurial skills and practical business experience developed through Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Clár na gComhlachtaí will no doubt be of long-term benefit to the Gaeltacht as these young people move on and become the heart of the Gaeltacht economy.”

The students will firstly take part in regional finals in March 2019 where they will showcase their finished products at trade stands before pitching their business ideas on stage to a public audience. Successful regional finalists will then progress to a National Final in April 2019.

Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, said: “The Clár na gComhlachtaí programme is an ideal opportunity to instil a sense of entrepreneurship in our younger generations which will lead to an even brighter future for Gaeltacht areas. I would like to wish all the students the best of luck with their projects.”

Research carried out on entrepreneurship education has shown that students participating in Údarás Clár na gComhlachtaí are more likely to start their own business, are at lower risk of being unemployed, and are more often in steady employment into adulthood.

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