Quinn Industrial Holdings has been shortlisted for a Responsible Business Award in Northern Ireland in the Education Award category.
The company’s partnership with St. Michael’s College in Enniskillen has helped earn a spot on the shortlist, demonstrating how Quinn’s actions have helped raise the aspirations and achievements of young people through this solid business education partnership.
The partnership with St. Michael’s College has been in place for two years and has in that time seen a host of benefits and achievements, including investment in state of the art technology and equipment, the donation of industry leading software, the development and delivery of a bespoke Building Information Modelling (BIM) Course, paid work placements, career guidance and financial support towards the team who achieved a place in the UK National Finals of a recent Robotics Competition held in the NEC in Birmingham.
Speaking of the shortlist announcement, Quinn’s Human Resources Manager, Caroline McCaffrey commented,
“Given the calibre of entrants for this year’s awards, we’re delighted to be shortlisted. We formalised our partnership with St. Michael’s College two years ago, and this has been endorsed as the only education – business partnership of its kind by the then Minister for Education, Peter Weir.
The strategic partnership benefits the school, the business, and the wider community. The onus is very much on developing appropriate skills which are relevant to industry and will position the students well for their future careers.
For us, it is important to help foster the most relevant skills, with a view to building a skilled labour force for the area and beyond. To be shortlisted for a Responsible Business Award is further recognition of the valuable work we’ve been doing with St. Michael’s.”
The annual awards, which are run by Business in the Community, and supported by JP Corry and Ulster Business, seek to recognise and celebrate firms in Northern Ireland that are making a difference by taking practical action to address pressing social and environmental issues.
Business in the Community NI’s Managing Director, Kieran Harding, said:
“We are delighted that so many companies have entered this year, demonstrating their commitment to the responsible business movement, and showcasing the practical ways in which their organisations are taking action to be a force for good in society.
“The Responsible Business Awards recognise those organisations that are truly having an impact on their people, the planet and the places where they operate. Judging this year coincided with Responsible Business Week (#RBweek), so it has been a real opportunity for all those involved to amplify their good business activities and stories.
“Once again, the calibre of entries was exceptionally high, and I’m sure all of our judges found the shortlisting process a challenge. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all finalists the very best of luck and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the gala awards dinner at Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 24 May where the winners will be announced.”