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By broadening horizons and exploring possibility we set young imaginations free and propel their aspirations higher

Generation Innovation Reimagining Work Experience June 2019

To register your interest in being involved in our Generation Innovation Reimagining Work Experience programme in June 2019, be sure to subscribe to the mailing list below for the latest updates. 

The world of work is changing at a rapid pace, job roles are evolving and new companies and industries are emerging. It is time to prepare our young people to thrive as the future innovators of this new era. Following a successful pilot of Reimagining Work Experience in June 2018, where sixty pupils across 32 schools worked in teams with 10 innovative companies to solve real business challenges using ‘design-thinking’ methods. In June 2019 this programme will kick start again for an exciting 300 Lower-Sixth pupils and 30 companies from Monday 17th - Thursday 20th June 2019.

Generation Innovation Reimagining Work Experience June 2018

Generation Innovation energises the imaginations and aspirations of local young people by increasing their awareness of future careers as innovators.

We believe young people are central to unlocking Northern Ireland's future as a globally renowned knowledge economy. That’s why we put them at the heart of an inspirational network of experienced entrepreneurs, universities and employers. For more information on Generation Innovation, contact Programme Manager, Ashleigh Harris here. 

Night Of Ambition

The Night Of Ambition is an annual event bringing together our network of 15-18 year old thinkers, makers and do-ers. It is also an opportunity for teachers and parents to get up to speed on emerging trends in technology and knowledge-based careers in NI.

Each year there is a mix of inspiring talks from a range of pioneering individuals specialising in areas including entrepreneurship in coding, gaming, social media, science, tech and design. In the past we have welcomed speakers from Facebook, will.i.amTwitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey, MythBusters host Adam Savage and YouTube star Shane Todd.

Days Of Ambition

Our Day Of Ambition workshops are driven by our vision that Northern Ireland will be one of the leading entrepreneurial knowledge economies in Europe by 2030. Each workshop aims to create the next generation of innovators who are curious, creative problem solvers, collaborators and excellent communicators, enabling them to achieve their potential in an ever changing world. It also sets out to open the eyes of young people to aim higher, push boundaries and prepare for careers as innovators.

Re-Imagining Work Experience

Our Re-Imagining Work Experience Programme was held for the first time In June 2018 when 61 lower sixth students from 32 schools across NI came together under one roof for 3 full days. They participated in a unique work experience programme designed in collaboration with Deloitte and delivered with 10 of NI’s most innovative companies. The young people participated in real business challenges, using the five stages of Design Thinking to come up with a prototype solution in response to challenges set by their chosen companies. Stay tuned for opportunities for 2019. 

Teachers at Night Of Ambition share their thoughts

Hear from some of the students who attended Night Of Ambition 2017

Steering Team

Mark Dowds

Trov Inc

Brian Byers

Ulster University

Bill Connor


Liguori Dobbin

Bank Of Ireland UK

Columb Duffy

Allstate NI

Carol Fitzsimons

Young Enterprise NI

Rachel McAllister

Carson McDowell

Michael Dorrian

Liberty IT

Euan Isles


Joanne Stuart

Catalyst Inc

Kathryn Walls

Mills Selig

Trevor Johnston

Queen's University Belfast

Deodatta Deshpande