How young people transition from one life moment to the next is important for reaching their potential and overall well-being. Skills are the consequence and the sustenance as they go from one life moment to the next. Some key life moments are:
The journey begins here! As students move from primary school into post primary, new learning plus key skills practice and awareness begins.
Getting ready! Students are growing up, learning to use their new skills and growing their confidence.
Observe, look left, look right, check your mirrors!
Time to reflect and evaluate! 3rd year is a time for noticing their skills and how they are developing; taking time out to reflect and evaluate before making some serious choices for Senior Cycle up ahead.
Accelerate - Roundabout ahead!
The detour of a lifetime! Students challenge themselves to take on and develop new skills.
The open road! Here, students consolidate their skills and hone their awareness for future choices ahead.
Navigate/Steer - Motorway ahead!
Changing lanes - from byroads to motorways! Skills are now integrated for students, who make informed choices for the next stage of their journey.
How you can get involved to future-proof the next generation?
It is a post primary schools life skills programme comprising of two parts:
- A resource bank of online ‘conversation sparking’ episodes illustrating real life example of key transferable skills and educational teaching resources specially developed by teachers in Guidance related subjects, Business, Economics, Home Economics and TY
- A recognition and rewards piece for schools who submit their own ‘skills case study/ example of best practice’
Simply register your interest using the contact form on the bottom of this page or alternatively email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 522 4880. A member of the team will get back to you within working hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) with your school’s unique access code. From here, you can use this code to create your very own account.
The AIB Future Sparks Programme has been primarily designed as a resource bank for teachers to assist in the teaching of life skills as part of curricular work. All the resources on the website are ‘pick up and teach’ and some resources are available for students to use directly. Simply register to gain access to your unique Future Sparks programme account, log in, have a look around, and enjoy!
During the year, simply log on, select which resources you would like to use and enjoy!
Towards the end of the academic year, we will ask teachers in your school to submit a brief case study describing achievements in growing skills-based learning with your students or in your school. Schools who submit a case study will be rewarded for their efforts. Each Future Sparks School will be recognised as a leader in the life skills movement, and in line with AIB’s Sustainability agenda and our pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030, will receive a donation of a tree to be planted on the school grounds along with your Future Sparks plaque and certificates for participating students.
The AIB Future Sparks Programme has resources for every year group from 1st Year right up to 6th Year, including TY and LCA students. Subjects include: Guidance Related Learning, Transition Year, Business Studies, Business, Accounting, Economics, Home Economics, LCVP, SPHE & Wellbeing.
No, AIB Future Sparks is completely free!