We volunteer with the STEM Ambassador programme in Northern Ireland, which was set up to help employers connect with young people, inspiring them to become the next generation of STEM professionals. Through outreach programmes in schools, colleges and out-of-school groups, the support of the network of 33,000 Ambassadors is helping STEM to grow the UK’s workforce with talented and passionate individuals.
We source ingredients from around the world and certain regions present challenges around supply chain transparency, traceability and security of supply. We expect our ingredients suppliers to be audited and certificated to the required British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards. Climate change is increasingly impacting vulnerable communities around the world and we will continue to collaborate with customers and partners through the Food Network for Ethical Trade, to address human rights risks where there is poor supply chain transparency.
The JAI programme inspires and motivates young people to succeed in the changing world of work by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need. JAI work directly with young people, schools and the business community to encourage young people to stay in school and help them realise their potential in order to empower a generation to learn, work and live. We are delighted to volunteer with JAI to deliver hands-on learning experiences in primary and second level schools in Waterford and Kilkenny.
We sponsor and volunteer with SciFest, a nationwide programme in Ireland which was set up to promote STEM education amongst students and to encourage an interest in and love of STEM subjects. The SciFest programme consists of a series of one-day STEM fairs for second-level student, and is designed to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. It helps students to grow in confidence and develop their communication skills, provides an opportunity to visit local third-level colleges, and supports the inquiry-based, problem-solving approach promoted by the science and maths curriculum in second-level schools.
Business in the Community Ireland engage with primary to senior cycle post-primary students by delivering several education programmes under The Schools’ Business Partnership. World of Work is their largest programme with over 150 partnerships across Ireland, providing post-primary school students with an opportunity to meet employees from local companies to learn about the world of work. The programme facilitates conversations and insights to many roles in the modern workplace and inspires and encourages young minds to look towards the future. Team members from our Carroll’s Cross site in Waterford formed have partnered with the local CBS Mount Sion school since 2014, sharing their experience, expertise and skills with over 150 students to date.
The Great Agri-Food Debate is a joint initiative between Dawn Meats and McDonald’s which brings together students from universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland to debate key topics in the global agri-food sector. Experienced and senior representatives from the industry moderate and judge the debates, presenting a fantastic networking opportunity for the students. Researching, negotiating, debating and public speaking are extremely important skills, and the competition allows tomorrow’s industry leaders to develop and hone these skills.