Tadgh Moynihan, senior project lead, pictured with Darragh O'Brien and Xinhang Yan both from Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy. Also pictured is Ronan Emmett, learning and development officer and talent acquisition manager at Boston Scientific, Cork.

Students from Coláiste an Chraoibhín Fermoy joined students from St Colman’s Community College, Midleton and Mayfield Community College, as well as sons and daughter of Boston Scientific employees at the recent Teen GROW Academy event at Boston Scientific in Cork City. 

The objective of the Teen GROW Academy is to help teenagers develop, through a series of workshops such as CV and interview technique, resilience training, ideation and prototyping and problem solving exercises.

The event also provided students with the opportunity to be immersed in an engineering organisation over a two-day period.

In addition, each student completed a Cambridge Occupational Assessment which helped to identify the student’s skillset & strengths.

A designated career guidance teacher was available to advise each student in a confidential personalised session along with the student’s parent or guardian.

Boston Scientific has over 5,300 employees in Ireland with sites, based in Cork, Clonmel and Galway so the Teen GROW Academy students got the chance to meet with numerous engineers, receiving insights directly from experts in various STEM career roles.

“The Teen GROW Academy aims to encourage secondary school students though fun and interactive workshops experience an engineering organisation, whilst also developing skills such as confidence building, reinforcing the importance of engaging in charity work within the community & developing learning agility,” Cathal Reilly, Director of Engineering & STEM Sponsor at Boston Scientific Cork said.

This year, the team worked very closely with several career guidance teachers in local Cork schools to provide this learning experience to students nominated by the school.

“We were delighted to have over 20 students involved in this year’s event and look forward to developing continued partnerships with our local Secondary Schools, going forward,” added Mr Reilly.