Creativity, humour, and film-making skills were in evidence as the winning short video submissions were announced for The Pitch, a competition organised by publicjobs.ie highlighting future career opportunities in the public sector.
Post-primary students from across the country stepped up to the challenge, with videos in Irish and in English. The winners were announced by publicjobs.ie at an online event on Wednesday 26 April.
Nadia Owczarek, Lucy O' Sullivan, Oliver O' Sullivan, Lyniesha Gaule, Madita Baca and Elena Hadyn from Nagle Community College, Mahon, Co. Cork;
Emma Wilson, Ruby Balmer, Kerry Behan, Lou Pinlac, Michael McNamara and David O'Dwyer from Kildare Town Community School, Co. Kildare;
Ryan Murray and Marcus Mackey from Fingal Community College, Swords, Co. Dublin.
The winners of the 2023 competition are Nadia Owczarek, Lucy O' Sullivan, Oliver O' Sullivan, Lyniesha Gaule, Madita Baca and Elena Hadyn from Nagle Community College, Mahon, Co. Cork; Emma Wilson, Ruby Balmer, Kerry Behan, Lou Pinlac, Michael McNamara and David O'Dwyer from Kildare Town Community School, Co. Kildare; and Ryan Murray and Marcus Mackey from Fingal Community College, Swords, Co. Dublin.
Mahon, Co. Cork
Swords, Co. Dublin
The Cork students will be brought on an expert guided tour of any Office of Public Works Heritage site plus everyone in their class will receive an annual Family Heritage Card!
The students from Kildare, meanwhile, will experience a behind the scenes all access studio tour of TG4.
The Dublin students will enjoy an action-packed visit to the Defence Forces at Curragh Camp DFTC.
Thanking all those who contributed to The Pitch - Chief Executive Officer at publicjobs.ie Margaret McCabe said:
“We created this initiative to support better understanding of the career opportunities that exist in the public sector, so that young people can feel empowered to make their own informed decisions about their future career choices. Whether they plan to attend university, a training college or to access careers straight from school, the career opportunities are boundless in the public sector. There really is something for everyone.
Building on year one, which was supported by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Innovation fund, year two of the Schools Resource Kit and The Pitch has really grown, bringing new and interesting career stories and tools to support student learning about public sector careers.
The standard of entries to The Pitch this year are incredible, and we were very impressed by the demonstration of learning and creativity. I really enjoyed watching the entries, they were so much fun but also full of skill and clever execution. I definitely spotted plenty of future civil and public service employees in the making.”
The winning teams will take up their prizes in the coming weeks.