Junior Achievement Isle of Man has appointed Antoinette Taylor primary programme assistant, a new position for the Manx charity made possible thanks to a three-year grant from the Z Zurich Foundation.
Mrs Taylor will work alongside primary programme manager Lisa Morris, together with volunteers, to deliver Junior Achievement’s primary programme ‘Our World’ to all the island’s primary schools.
Returning to the workplace after 10 years, mother-of-three Mrs Taylor, who lives in Douglas, is originally from Northern Ireland, has a background in the finance sector and recruitment industry. She said: ‘As primary programme assistant I shall be able to draw on my years in business when my responsibilities included training, fundraising and volunteering, skills that are a good fit with the work of Junior Achievement. And of course, as a mother of three children, I am looking forward to helping to encourage young people’s understanding of the world around them and equipping them with the skills for their transition to secondary school.
‘Already in the few months I have been working in schools I have seen how the class dynamics change over one day as the children become inspired and their confidence grows by taking part in the “Our World” programme. It’s also very encouraging to see how local businesses are giving something back to the community by supporting Junior Achievement through volunteering.’
Junior Achievement’s chief executive Sue Cook said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Antoinette to the team. The combination of her business experience and obvious love of children will be a tremendous asset and a great support to Lisa in delivering “Our World” to some 900 Year 6 pupils in the Isle of Man.’
Junior Achievement Isle of Man is a member of Junior Achievement Europe which works with 31,380 schools, with the help of 116,687 teachers and 164,363 business volunteers to empower 3,454,750 million students across 39 countries.
To find out more about Junior Achievement Isle of Man, visit jaiom.im.
Photo - Junior Achievement Isle of Man primary programme assistant Antoinette Taylor. Picture Andrew Barton.