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Quinn Industrial Holdings works with school to combat Fermanagh brain drain

St Michael's acting principal Mark Henry (centre) pictured with students and Quinn Industrial Holdings CEO Liam McCaffrey
Gareth McKeown

ONE of the biggest employers in Fermanagh is teaming up with the sole Catholic boys' grammar school to help address the county's ‘brain drain’.

Quinn Industrial Holdings Ltd (QIHL), which runs part of Sean Quinn's former business empire, has announced a five-year partnership with St Michael’s College in Enniskillen.

Research has highlight a problem of young people leaving the county and the initiative aims to provide pupils with better information to see the options available locally.

The Quinn People School’s Programme will also see the sponsorship of a new technology and design department at St Michael's, bursaries for top GCSE students in engineering and technology and paid work placements for year 13 pupils.

St Michael’s College acting principal Mark Henry described it as “an exciting adventure” for students and staff at the school.

“We are deeply fortunate to have such great partners in QIHL who have been hugely committed to the partnership from the outset and we look forward to deepening the relationship in the future,” he said.

QIHL chief executive Liam McCaffrey said: “We are delighted that St Michael’s have come on board with us and we are committed to working with them to develop sustainable careers for our future leaders."

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