St Canice’s: Key to further education

    Claire Lawton, St Canice’s CU launching the new scholarship scheme

    ST CANICE’S Credit Union hosted a free information evening for parents and students of Transition Year, 5th and 6th year to listen to keynote speakers give information on what to expect and the options after secondary school and to present student loan options.

    Key speakers included Mary Quirke, a qualified career guidance counsellor who spoke about career guidance, subject choice and CAO.

    Lorna Fitzpatrick, President IT Carlow Students’ Union spoke about going to college, costs and grants.

    Daniel Twomey, a strong advocate for youth mental health amd wellbeing spoke about managing stress for parents and students coming up to exams.

    Tom McWey, Business Development Officer St Canice’s Credit Union detailed the cost of financing 3rd Level Education and student loan options from St Canice’s Credit Union.

    Each speaker gave his or her top tip to take away from the event. This can be viewed on the Credit Union’s Facebook page.

    Community group showcased their services they have to offer our youth.

    There were Ossory Youth Club, Teac Tom Suicide Awareness amd Support, Ormonde College of Further Education and the National Learning Network.

    The event was opened by Claire Lawton, CEO St Canice’s Credit Union who heralded a New Scholarship Programme in St Canice’s.

    Any member who has completed his or her Leaving Certificate and is already attending or planning to go to 3rd level can apply and be in with a chance to win 1 of 5 scholarships of €3,000 each.

    This is a great benefit to all members and potential new members as these scholarships are not academically based so all student members who apply and qualify have a fair chance of winning.

    Application forms are available in branch or to download from the CU website.

    Another new initiative, which proved very popular with  students in the audience was the new Squad Account for 12 to 17 year olds.

    A big attraction with this is that once a young member joins before the end of his or her 17th year, he or she will go into a draw to win €1,800 for their 18th birthday.

    All 17 year olds have a fair chance of winning as they will all be automatically entered into the draw.

    The age at which a member can have access to their online account had traditionally been 18 and this was lowered in St Canice’s CU to 16.

    The age for marketing consent that Ireland has adopted in line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is 13.

    St Canice’s has adopted 16 as the age at which GDPR consent for marketing will begin.

    There was great feedback on the detailed finance contribution by Tom McWey.

    It was agreed to host a finance piece on one of the late evening opening nights for student loan applications in August.

    The Leaving Certificate results are out on August 15 so the late night openings have already been set for August  16, 21 and 23.

    This is a hugely popular facility for members which began a few years ago.

    Tom McWey will speak about college costs and the lending process on August 16 at 6.15pm and 7pm in their High Street. Kilkenny branch.

    St Canice’splan to run a similar event for students and parents next year, directly after the mocks in March 2019.