In a nutshell, the new BT programme brings 40 students alongside leading executives and professionals from BT, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Bombardier, Bord Gáis Éireann, IP Innovations, UCD, TCD, Engineers Ireland and Bank of Ireland. The students will gain practical business knowledge from the mentors through a series of workshops. These short seminars include subjects such as defining intellectual property, marketing for export, international business issues, stakeholder communications, innovation principles, and business strategy.
From my hands-on work with clever school leavers, I believe this new programme from BT-Ireland also needs to show students how to collaborate and how to accelerate their progress into third level and beyond. It's possible that will unfold for the top performers because the Irish Minister for Education and Science has indicated that summer placements in higher education institutions will be made available for the top six performers in the programme.