Students go from class to glass on Encirc school visits

May 2024
Pupils visiting Encirc.
Pupils from Mount Lourdes Grammar School in Enniskillen examining bottles from the production line at the Encirc factory in Derrylin.
Students from the University of Ulster enjoying a tour of the factory with Hugh Óg Farrell.

Encirc’s growing connection with its local community has been perfectly encapsulated by the increase in numbers coming to their Derrylin site for informative school tours.

As the current school year nears an end, well over 350 students from schools in Fermanagh, Tyrone, Belfast, across the Border in neighbouring Cavan and Leitrim and even as far away as the United States have enjoyed a trip since September to see all that the Derrylin plant encompasses.

These tours are a great opportunity for the students to see how a large-scale manufacturing plant operates and gain an insight into the many different careers that can be pursued.

A special careers day at the start of March saw three schools attend on the one day and as well as the normal tour and careers advice, senior managers from the business were on hand to give first person accounts of life at Encirc and how their own careers had developed.

Students during a tour of the site with guide Megan McElroy.

The day was another great success, and it undoubtedly helps build the brand of the company as it strives to be an employer of choice.

Encirc’s purpose is Great People, Great Place, Great Future and they want the best people to come join them and help achieve the company’s mission of ZE30, zero emissions glass from 2030. Creating a Great Place to Work forms an important part of the mission.

James Currie, HR Director at Encirc said: “We have found the school tours to be mutually beneficial – from our side, we can engage with a group of potential future employees and show them what working in Encirc is like, which is often very different than they thought, in a good way! From the school and pupil’s perspective, they get an opportunity to see STEM in action in a really impressive and interesting environment. Thanks must also go to the staff at Encirc who have helped out and participated in making these tours a success”

If you are interested in booking a tour for your school for the end of this school year or for the autumn term, do not hesitate to contact Encirc, part of the Vidrala Group, in Derrylin on 0286774 8888.

If you are interested in a career at Encirc, check out these different brochures that have been produced.

Students from the University of Ulster enjoying a tour of the factory with Hugh Óg Farrell.

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