Limerick students spend day at Vistakon plant

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

STUDENTS at St Enda’s School have been given a glimpse into the world of work, with professional interviews by Vistakon.

STUDENTS at St Enda’s School have been given a glimpse into the world of work, with professional interviews by Vistakon.

The plant, based in Plassey, welcomed students from the southside school as part of The Schools’ Business Partnership Skills@Work programme, an initiative giving a glimpse into the world of work to seniors.

Eighteen students were put through their paces by the firm’s human resources team, and they were afforded feedback and tips on their interview techniques.

Speaking during the session, Aine O’Dea, HR generalist at Vistakon, said: “We are very pleased to give students from St. Enda’s an insight into what is expected from them in a professional interview. Often, upon leaving school, students will have never attended an interview and it can be a very daunting experience, especially for the first time. We hope that by bringing the students through the full interview process and giving feedback afterwards that we provide them with very practical experience for that first real interview.”

But this was just one of a number of sessions in the Skills@Work programme. The students also learnt how to prepare a CV, took a look at the structure of Vistakon - which employs 650 people - as well as sessions on workplace etiquette and teamwork.

Eleanor Walsh, coordinator of the scheme, said she is “delighted” Vistakon invited St Enda’s students to the plant.