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Eversheds Partnership with the Early Learning Initiative

Eversheds Sutherland's Partnership with the Early Learning Initiative

In 2014 we formed a new partnership with the Early Learning Initiative (ELI).

The ELI is important to us for a number of reasons.  Run by the excellent team in the National College of Ireland, it is a local city centre community initiative, and as we are a city centre based firm, it forms part of our outreach to our local communities.  It also fits with our ‘Fulfilling Lives’ philosophy, as the programme provides an opportunity to enhance the lives of the children and their families, offering them a better start in life by delivering an early intervention in their education and aiming to set them on the right path for future learning. 

As part of our involvement with the Early Learning Initiative, Eversheds hosted a lively and interactive International Women’s Day talk for female Transition Year students in Mount Carmel Secondary school, King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1, encouraging the students to see themselves as potential entrepreneurs/women in senior positions in their chosen careers, and to see the opportunities rather than barriers for women in the workplace.  Eversheds brought prominent food writer and restaurant owner, Domini Kemp, to the school to talk to students about her own experiences, and her views about the qualities needed to run your own business.

Pamela O’Neill (Partner and Head of Eversheds Women’s Leadership Initiative) talked to the students about the EWLI, explaining why initiatives like this are important for women in the workplace.  Aisling Gannon  (Partner and Head of Eversheds Corporate Social Responsibility Group) discussed the Eversheds relationship with the Early Learning Initiative, the importance of education and the opportunities it brings, outlining some of the headline qualities and skills required to be a future business leader and owner.

The Early Learning Initiative, with its unique opportunity for our staff to volunteer, makes this a very real meaningful programme for us.  We feel that our staff, with their own education and legal professional training, have a lot to offer this programme. We know from their feedback that they thoroughly enjoy the experience and feel they gain at least as much from taking part in the programme as the participants gain from their volunteering efforts. 

“Through its partnership with ELI, Eversheds Sutherland is helping to improve outcomes for children and young people in the Docklands.  The involvement of their staff as volunteers is a key motivational factor, with young people really appreciating the opportunity to engage with ‘accomplished professionals’. Together, we are helping these young people develop the skills they need for education and employment.” Dr Josephine Bleach, Director, Early Learning Initiative