By Aisling White, Senior Marketing Specialist at Sage
The 26th annual BSTAI National Conference took place in the Radisson BLU hotel in Galway on 12/13th October 2012. The theme of the conference was ‘Promoting Collaboration & Enterprise in the Business Classroom”.
The weekend commenced with a conference dinner on Friday night, hosted by [email protected]. On Saturday the teachers got the opportunity to hear a key note speech from UL economist Stephen Kinsella. This was followed by a plenary session entitled ‘ICT in the Business Classroom’ by Siobhan O’Sullivan. The conference also allowed the BSTAI to launch their new website and gave teachers the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops – assisting them with methodologies and providing them with many useful tips for the classroom.
The Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI) is a professional association which represents teachers of business subjects in second level schools in Ireland. It is a voluntary association with a branch network throughout the country. The teachers are involved in a wide area of business education, both directly for students organizing awards ceremonies and revision seminars but also developing educational resources for business students and organizing voluntary in-service for their members.
The [email protected] programme are proud sponsors of BSTAI. [email protected] is a unique initiative which gives transition year students in post primary schools an opportunity to train in Sage Accounts Software. This prepares them for the world of work with a practical way of learning business skills with Ireland’s leading accounts software. The programme fosters entrepreneurship, increases employability and enhances the use of ICT in business education by giving students the opportunity to use, and become certified in, a commercially available accounting package. Learn more about the programme here.