Sean Sherlock TD Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation launches the 'Spark' Student Social Enterprise Awards

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Picture (l to r): Ms. Judy Doyle, Dr. Kevin Lalor (School of Languages, Law and Society), Sean Sherlock TD Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation

27 February: Minister Seán Sherlock TD today launched the first national third level student ‘Spark’ social enterprise awards. The competition is open to social care students and will facilitate, recognize and reward their creative and innovative solutions to a diverse range of local social issues.

Joint sponsors of the awards are the Irish Association of Social Care Educators and Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship whose aim is to create entrepreneurial graduates.

The competition will involve student social entrepreneurs identifying a social issue and, facilitated by their lecturers, exploring and critiquing current responses, and offering new ideas to address these problems.

The programme has been developed by Dr. John Pender, IT Sligo and Mr. Pat McGarty, IT Tralee, and a committee of colleagues from other IoTs, including AnneMarie Shier of the School of Languages, Law and Society at DIT.

Launching the Awards, Seán Sherlock, Minister of State for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, said:

“I’m delighted to support the Spark Social Enterprise Student Awards. This is a timely initiative that will inculcate key employability skills while underscoring societal cohesion and community responsibilities among our graduates”.

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