What is Empower?

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The annual free student programme is designed to help 
young people grow their innovative, entrepreneurial and creative skills


Who Should Apply?

Secondary School Students from transition year up to sixth year. Who have a desire to grow their innovative, entrepreneurial & creative skills from the Mid-West.

The annual free student programme, which is aimed at secondary school students from transition year up to sixth year, is designed to help young people from the Mid-West develop and grow their innovative, entrepreneurial and creative skills, while also giving them a unique opportunity to work on solving real-life problems. 

Gillian Barry, Head of Innovation & Enterprise at TUS, described the programme as a collaborative effort between Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) and Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in enhancing the skill needs of the region. “Every young person we work with has the potential to solve problems, to create, disrupt and impact our future in a positive way – to be the next generation of change makers. 

For that to be fully realised it needs to be nurtured and developed. To power that potential, we have created this high quality, educational, activity-based programme.”  There will be two opportunities to take part in this programme.


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How Can Empower Benefit You?

  • Develop your innovative, entrepreneurial & creative skills
  • A unique opportunity to work on solving real-life problems
  • Meet like-minded students
  • Training Workshops, Guest speakers, Fun activities
  • Receive your certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the programme
  • Empower is a free programme funded by Higher Education Authority (HEA)


Student Testimonials

I learned a lot, made friends, had so much fun, a good week. I thought it was a fun, new, enjoyable and innovative”

by Transition Year Student

 Remarkable experience and I learned so much. I thought it was really good, very Inspiring  

by 5th Year Secondary School Student

Register Your Interest in the Next Programme 


Let us know that you are interested & we will keep you up to date, please include questions that you have in the message.