Teen-Turn aims to provide teen girls the opportunity to gain hands-on technology experience through after school activities and through 2 week summer work placements* in technology career environments with companies, both SME and Multinational, so that they can visualize themselves in those kinds of careers and therefore make third level course choices accordingly.
- Teen-Turn will be working with DEIS and similar schools to identify participants with academic promise, ages 15-16,** who will benefit from the opportunity but are from traditionally disadvantaged communities where third level education is uncommon.
- Teen-Turn will provide vetted participants and make certain that activities and work placements are compliant with all requirements of the Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996.
- Teen-Turn will provide an induction for participants prior to work placements to assess skills, explain rules and behavior expectations, and advise on what training/direction the company is likely to provide.
- Teen-Turn will share employment act compliance, induction, and impact metrics materials with hosting companies.
- Hosting companies will match each participant, ideally, with a female mentor, who is employed with the company, and the work will include participating in and/or observing a technology project.
- Hosting companies will cover participant travel and lunch costs, so that no participant is paying out of pocket for the experience.***
* Dates: (1) Induction last week of July 2018; (2) Internships first two weeks of August 2018.
** Age: Targeted participants will be in the summer after Junior Cert, before choosing Leaving Cert subjects.
*** Teen-Turn is in discussion with a taxi provider for locations inaccessible by public transport.