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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

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What is Generation Innovation?

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

We believe young people are central to unlocking Northern Ireland’s future as a globally renowned knowledge economy. That’s why we put them at the heart of our inspirational community of entrepreneurs, companies and education leaders.

Work Experience Programme

The Work Experience Programme is for ambitious 17-18 year olds interested in upskilling for the jobs of the future. Students receive Design Thinking training over the course of five days, learning how to work as part of a new team made up of students from across Northern Ireland. The 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 students.

Delivered online, students will improve skills such as communication, team building, resilience, problem-solving and creativity.

Over the five days of programme, students are guaranteed to learn in a fun, energetic and highly engaging way that will inspire and empower them for the future.

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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

Why Attend Generation Innovation?

Benefits of attending

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

Totally Free to Attend

What's Included

  • Hosted online - This is a completely virtual work experience

  • Access to exciting and innovative companies across Northern Ireland

  • Free Generation Innovation merchandise including our limited edition hoodie

  • Free to attend

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

  • Students build new friendships and connections beyond their networkStudents are guaranteed to learn in a fun, energetic and highly engaging way that’ll inspire and empower them for the future.


What Students Can Gain Over Their Work Experience

Hosted Entirely Online

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

Work Experience Schedule


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Steering Team

Judith Camblin Catalyst
Aimee Clint Generation Innovation Alumni
Rose Templeton Generation Innovation Alumni
Declan Murray St Joseph's High School, Newry
Catriona McGirr Bank of Ireland
Carol Fitzsimmons Young Enterprise
Chris Shannon Ulster University
Stephen Dallas Bytes
Johnny Parkes Trov
Brian Shevlin Allstate
Richard Kirk Workplus
Jamie Mudge Deloitte
Francesca Morelli Queen's University Belfast
Irvine Abraham Northern Regional College

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