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Generation Innovation

Aims to inform, upskill and empower the young people of this generation to thrive as the next leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs of the future

Generation Innovation Programmes

Our programmes now work in three stages

Stage 1: School Workshop

Stage 1: School Workshop

Stage 2: Impact Day

Stage 2: Impact Day

Stage 3: Work Experience Programme

Stage 3: Work Experience Programme

Generation Innovation | Workshop

Our workshops are open to all 16-18-year-old groups (5th-U6th years), completely free of charge.

All we ask from you is that your classroom or assembly hall is set up with tables and chairs and that we have access to a projector – it’s that easy!

Please note that workshops are limited and so we advise you to book ahead of time. Workshops will only be delivered to a minimum of 20 students.

This year, we have expanded our offering to give you the option between two workshops:

Skills to pay the bills

This workshop will help your pupils stretch their imagination and begin a journey exploring:
  • The Innovation Mindset
  • Upskilling for the future job market, giving exclusive insight into what employers look for
  • Careers in Tech, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Breaking barriers and becoming your own boss

Diving into design

This workshop will lay the foundations of the Design Thinking Approach, and will cover areas such as:

  • What is design?
  • Applying the design thinking approach to real-life business challenges
  • Diving deeper with a mini design sprint, solving challenges from employers across NI
  • Presenting your ideas back

Book your workshop

If you would like to find out more information on our workshops and what option might suit your students best, you can also request a call back below.

Generation Innovation | Impact Day

Fuel ambition, spark ideas and empower your students through design thinking.

What is an Impact Day?

A one-day, fully immersive design thinking experience for groups of 90+ students aged 16-18-years-old (5th-U6th years) held onsite at your venue. No need to mobilise, we’ll come to you and take your students on a design thinking journey that will lead them from identifying a problem, working through several stages to iterate and design a prototype/solution all in the one day.

On this journey, your students will learn important skills at each stage, including user-centred design, working in a team and critical thinking. The impact day will also help foster soft skills such as empathy, emotional intelligence, and resilience.

What happens on the day?

Our team of design thinking trainers will come to your venue and will deliver a design sprint, working through several stages of the design thinking methodology. During the design sprint, there will be creative icebreakers and fun games to stimulate ideas and keep the energy alive.


Understanding the user base and ‘consumer’, how they interact with the world/system or product, and understanding their needs and behaviours.


Together each team will work together to define a problem and then design solution for it. This could even be applied to improving something within your everyday life, asking the question ‘How might we…?


Our team will work with your students in different groups and walk them through an ideation phase where they can start to design and develop a solution for the defined problem. Here, students will contribute ideas, challenge assumptions, and work together as a team to develop a solution.


At the end of the day each team will present their solution to the group in a very welcoming and engaging environment.

We will finish the day with a visit from a number of our partner companies who will demonstrate some innovative technology and share their own start-up journey. Students will become part of the Generation Innovation community and will be given branded merchandise to remember the experience alongside resources to continue their journey.

What is the criteria for an Impact Day?

  • Students must be 16-to-18-year-olds (5th to U6th years)
  • Minimum of 90 students
  • Impact Days are delivered between 9am and 3pm
  • Access to technology including projector, screen, and speakers
  • A minimum of one additional breakout room with access to technology
  • Tables of no more than 8 students
  • Technician onsite
  • Access to the room from 12pm the day before
  • Images of the room sent to the Generation Innovation team at least one week in advance
  • Wi-Fi available

What will it cost?

Absolutely nothing, this is a fully funded programme with no cost to you; all we need is a dedicated space and time to deliver the Impact Day.

2022 Impact Day Company Collaborators

Register your interest

Please register your interest below to speak with the Generation Innovation team.

What is the Generation Innovation Work Experience Programme?

Generation Innovation energises the imaginations and aspirations of young people in Northern Ireland by increasing their development of 21st-century skills and awareness of exciting future careers in innovation.

The programme will inspire and upskill all young people who participate, building an innovation skillset through a deep-dive into ‘design thinking’.

The Work Experience Programme is for ambitious 17-18 year olds interested in up-skilling for the jobs of the future. Participants will receive design thinking training over the course of 4 or 5 days (depending which programme location they apply to), where participants will learn how to work as part of a new team made up of participants from across Northern Ireland, develop new solutions and communicate their ideas. Their new skills are then put to the test to solve a company challenge, developing a solution before pitching it to the partner company and their fellow peers.

Delivered in-person participants will improve skills such as communication, team building, resilience, problem-solving and creativity.

Throughout the programme, participants are guaranteed to learn in a fun, energetic and highly engaging way that will inspire and empower them for the future.

Register for early access to the Generation Innovation Work Experience Programme 2023.

Why apply for the Generation Innovation Work Experience programme?

Benefits of attending

Communication• Teambuilding• Emotional Resilience• Problem Solving• Creativity • Pitching• Empathy• User-centered design

Totally Free to Attend

What's Included

  • Hosted in-person

  • Access to exciting and innovative companies across Northern Ireland

  • Free Generation Innovation merchandise including our limited edition apparel

  • Free to attend

  • Access to the Catalyst School Alumni network to extend your tribe

  • Participants are guaranteed to learn in a fun, energetic and highly engaging way that’ll inspire and empower them for the future

  • Participants build new friendships and connections beyond their network


What Participants Can Gain Over Their Work Experience

Hosted In-person

What's Included

  • Communication Skills

  • Teambuilding

  • Build Emotional Resilience

  • Learn Problem-Solving Skills

  • Creativity

  • Presentation and Pitching Skills

  • User-centred Design

  • Design-led Thinking Skills

The Work Experience Programme within Generation Innovation showed me how to accept others' ideas and appreciate their skillsets. I got to experience what it was like to solve a real challenge, present to a real company and work in a professional environment, something many work experience programmes do not offer. I have met so many new people and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in!

Rose Templeton, Generation Innovation Alumni Student

Company Partner Register

Could your company empower the next generation of innovators? Do you want to spot and shape NI’s talent for the future workplace?

If you would like to find out how to get involved with any elements of Generation Innovation, simply register your interest below or sign up to the Generation Innovation mailing list and a member of the team will be in touch.

Steering Team

Andrew Fulton CEO Dawson Andrews | Chairperson
Aimee Clint Generation Innovation Alumni
Rose Templeton Generation Innovation Alumni
Catriona McGirr Bank of Ireland
Carol Fitzsimmons Young Enterprise
Stephen Dallas Bytes
Johnny Parkes Trov
Brian Shevlin Allstate
Richard Kirk Workplus
Andrew Sterling Deloitte
Francesca Morelli Queen's University Belfast
Judith Camblin Catalyst
‎‎ Ulster University
Northern Regional College

Contact the team

If you have any queries, don't hesitate to get in touch

Meet the Generation Innovation Team

Judith Camblin

Judith Camblin

Programme Manager

Carla McErlean

Carla McErlean

GI Project Lead

Carolyn Halferty

Carolyn Halferty

GI Project Administrator

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