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There are so many wonderful companies doing amazing things, we think you should know it.  We hope this is an opportunity for you and your students to learn about ways to apply your subjects and view careers for you to consider.

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Supporting our students in STEM, Gradon Architecture have taken part in Entrepreneur Week, Engineering Week and they have been instrumental in working closely with one of our schools on an architectural project.  The company provide our students with work experience and allow them to shadow their work.  Their support for our students in unending in the specialised field of architecture.




 Arklu is better known for the globally successful Lottie Doll.  It's creator Ian Harkin likes to keep his feet firmly set in Letterkenny, with ever-expandng offices at the CoLab in LYIT.  Ian with his business partner Lucie Follett, created a doll unlike any other.


Lottie is based on the scientific proportions of a 9 year old.  She doesn't wear make up, jewellery or make up.  Lottie is an activity based doll with fans all over the world.  Currently Stargazer Lottie is in space with British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake.  It's true to say, that she is officially the first doll in space!

Arklu also designed the William and Kate dolls to commemorate the royal wedding with special permission from Clarence House.

One parent commented that, "I have two daughters and have been searching for ages for a doll just like Lottie.  A doll my daughters can relate to rather than an impossible image they feel they must live up to."

Ian is very keen to inspire students and regularly speaks to schools about his experience.


All Photographs courtesy of Jim McCafferty Photography.

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