November 17th 2022

AIB's 6th Annual Sustainability Conference 'No Time to Waste'

Student Voices Heard at AIB Sustainability Conference!

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Last month AIB held their 6th annual conference on sustainability in line with climate finance week 2022. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘No Time to Waste’. Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, ecologist and UN Messenger of Peace opened the conference with the clear message that our choices, as consumers and citizens, impact our planet every day, and the importance of making wise and ethically decisions. The conference heard from an expert panel of food and drink producers and from a panel of Irish pioneers in sustainable business.

At AIB Future Sparks we are proud to champion student voices and encourage the inclusion of our youth in these important discussions. Our highlight of the conference was hearing from Flossie Donnelly, a climate activist, and Dublin student, who is in Transition Year. Flossie began her climate activism by organising beach clean ups to combat marine plastic waste. Her charity, Flossie and the Beach Cleaners, organise educational workshops for students in primary and post primary schools encouraging clean ups and positive climate change in schools. She believes that through education we can reverse the impacts we have on our planet. Flossie also warns of the dangers of greenwashing in marketing and how businesses are key in changing the tide against climate change.

As part of their commitment to become a NetZero business by 2030 AIB have begun the reforestation initiative. In partnership with Coillte AIB will plant a native Irish tree for every student account that is opened. The initiative launched in 2021 and will run for three years with the aim to plant over 90,000 trees.

You can listen to Flossie speak on the Pioneers Panel here: https://aib.ie/sustainability#conference2022

AIB's 6th Annual Sustainability Conference 'No Time to Waste'

October 7th 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month October 2022

We're celebrating World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2022!

Mental Health and Wellbeing has been a topic of discussion in many classrooms around the country recently as October brings with it World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week.

A W.H.O report found that not addressing mental health with teenagers can impair their physical and mental health and limit their potential to lead fulfilling lives as adults. Teachers, why not use some of our AIB Future Sparks wellbeing resources to help introduce these themes to students and build emotional literacy and resilience skills?

Check out our AIB Future Sparks Ezine, ‘You and Your Mental Health’ which was developed to align with World Mental Health Day. This resource is designed to be shared directly with students to offer support to their wellbeing through resources and exercises on anxiety, meditation, mindfulness and much more.

Mental Health Awareness Month October 2022

September 5th 2022

Welcome back to a new year

A new year of skills-based learning with AIB Future Sparks!

Get your 2022/23 academic year off to a flying start with new educational resources across Guidance, Business, Accounting, Economics, Financial Education, TY, and more – designed specially by teachers for teachers, students, and their parents. We now have over 250 skills-based resources available including brand new videos, podcasts and resources for both students and teachers.

Check out:

Join our community of over 590 Irish schools and thousands of teachers and students by accessing your Teacher Account now or by registering for free today. Keep an eye on your inbox for even more new resources launching throughout the year. We can’t wait to share it all with you!

Welcome back to a new year

May 30th 2022

End Of Year Survey Draw Winners 2022

Congratulations to the winners of our End of Year Survey Draw!

The 3 lucky voucher winners are teachers from:

• The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Donegal
• St. Joseph’s Community College, Clare
• Castlecomer Community School, Kilkenny

Our 10 fantastic Freshers’ Pack winners are teachers from:

• Carndonagh Community School, Donegal
• F.C.J. Secondary School, Wexford
• St. Muredach’s College, Mayo
• Colaiste Pobail Naomh Mhuire, Cork
• Deansrath Community College, Dublin
• Coláiste Chiaráin, Limerick
• Portlaoise College, Laois
• Coláiste Pobail Acla, Mayo
• Skibbereen Community School, Cork
• St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Leitrim

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share this invaluable feedback with us this year and if you didn’t win, keep an eye out for more prize and reward opportunities in 2022/23!

End Of Year Survey Draw Winners 2022

May 20th 2022

16 Schools Awarded by AIB

Out of 585 Irish secondary schools registered with the AIB Future Sparks Programme this year, 16 schools have been recognised by AIB for their involvement in the Future Sparks Programme and their dedication to skills-based learning.

Each recognised school recently received an awards ceremony from AIB where they were awarded a plaque by their local AIB branch manager, to commemorate their participation. They were also rewarded with a native Irish tree which was planted on the grounds of their school during their ceremony. These trees will contribute to the bank’s commitment to plant 90,000 native Irish trees over the next three years on behalf of new AIB second-level student account holders.

AIB’s Chief People Officer, Geraldine Casey, said, “At AIB, we are delighted to play our part in supporting students and teachers with educational resources under this programme to guide skills development and preparedness for life beyond school and the world of work.”

A huge congratulations once again to this year’s award winning schools, check out their stories below, shared in the media and keep an eye in 2022/23 for your school’s chance to take part!

Coláiste Muire, Crosshaven/ Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk/ Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty/ Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, Buncrana/ Errigal College/ Chanel College/ Oatlands College/ Galway ETSS/ Killarney Community College/ Presentation Secondary School Kilkenny/ St Josephs Secondary School, Drogheda/ Laytown & Drogheda Educate Together Secondary School/ Ashbourne Community School/ Beaufort College/ Abbey Community College/ Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed

16 Schools Awarded by AIB

February 8th 2022

Safer Internet Day 2022

Today, February 8th is Safer Internet Day 2022 – an EU-wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, aimed at young people in particular.

In addition to the resources and tools available as part of AIB Future Sparks, AIB are offering schools these free interactive presentations covering topics such as:

-Staying safe online
-Money mules
-Common college scams
-Fraud and fraudulent activity

The Stay Safe presentations have been developed by teachers for both Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle (including TY), and are facilitated by your school’s local AIB branch. These presentations can link in as part of your financial education curriculum and are also an excellent skill for students heading to 3rd level education, to be aware of and avoid college scams.

What Schools Say!

“The presentations are brilliant and extremely informative”

“They are of great benefit to leaving cert classes for attending 3rd level”

“I was surprised at how engaged students were with the presentations”

To avail of these presentations, do not hesitate to get in touch with your local AIB branch today by contacting youth@aib.ie, or register your interest with the online form here!

Safer Internet Day 2022

December 10th 2021

Lifelong Skills Learning

“Students are leaving school without the sex education, digital skills, financial literacy and climate knowledge they need”, Further and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris told the Oireachtas Education Committee in November 2021.

More and more, we are hearing from educationalists, employers, politicians, parents and young people about how continually learning skills is increasingly important in the 21st century.

The global Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) noted in their 2021 Skills Outlook Report that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of supporting people in learning throughout their lives and equipping them with solid skills that they can use at work and in society. This will allow both individuals and society to, not only survive, but thrive and reach their full potential.

Here at AIB Future Sparks, we also see the value of learning life skills every day. This is why we developed the Future Sparks Programme alongside our team of teachers to enhance this learning for secondary school students.

Students, check out our interactive and easy-to-use digital resources today to improve your skills in areas such as money management, looking after your wellbeing, digital skills, and more! Simply log in with your school’s access code (your teacher will have this) for instant access.

Lifelong Skills Learning

November 22nd 2021

2021 Global Skills

In order to be successful in your career, you must be equipped with a certain amount of knowledge, ability, and competence. These qualities are often known as skills and can be developed through life and work experiences, as well as learned through study.

The Coursera Global Skills Report 2021 revealed some of the most sought-after skills by employers around the world today! The top skills included:

     Innovation – are you good at coming up with new ideas and ways of doing things?

     A competitive nature – do you aim to be successful at the things you do?

     Problem solving ability – can you solve tricky situations and come up with solutions?

     Communication skills – can you communicate in a way that is clear to others?

     Computer literacy – are you well able to use computers and other digital technology?

Have a go at the Skills Audit worksheet and Education Pathways desk study on AIB Future Sparks to investigate your career skills and the pathway to your dream career.

#CAW2021

2021 Global Skills

October 14th 2021

European Cybersecurity Month

Did you know October is also European Cybersecurity Month?

The European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) is the European Union’s annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity among EU citizens and organisations, and to providing up-to-date online security information through awareness raising and sharing of good practices.

Here at AIB, we recognise the importance of being safe online, raising awareness of fraudulent activities, and doing what we can to protect our customers from financial fraud online. We see this as a key part of Financial Education and so, we are introducing our new Financial Education Interactive Presentations, ‘Stay Safe’, which will be rolled out to secondary schools across the country by our local AIB Branch Youth Champions over the coming weeks and months.

Teachers, if you would like to arrange one of these interactive presentations for your Junior or Senior Cycle class group, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local AIB Branch.

Students, why not check out Episode 1 of the AIB Future Sparks Business Series in our Student Area? In this episode, Aric Dromi, one of the world’s most prominent futurists, talks to us about technology, change and the move towards an increasingly digital world!

Read more about European Cybersecurity Month here.

European Cybersecurity Month