Oct 30, 2006

Seagate and FOSEC Encourage Employability Preparation

Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) recently teamed up with Foyle School and Employer Connections (FOSEC) to proactively encourage local schools to take educational visits to Seagate's Springtown facility.

Seagate was keen to ensure it could assist schools in facilitating certain requirements for the new curriculum entitlements pertaining to employability. Careers teachers from thirteen local secondary schools were invited to a think tank day at the plant to get their views on the package that Seagate had put together and to let the company know what each of them would expect from a site visit. The day was a huge success, and a series of visits has now been scheduled for the schools commencing this month and running until March 2007.

Each visit will consist of an overview presentation explaining what part of the hard disc drive is manufactured at the company's Springtown facility, followed by a short tour. Some interactive elements will be incorporated into the presentation to make the visit more hands-on and interesting for the students. During each visit, information will be provided, which teachers and students can use towards the employability element of their education, outlining the various jobs and career paths available within the company, and showing students that there are many different paths to success.

Some of Seagate's employees will act as role models during the visits, giving a brief outline of their career progression within the company and a typical day in their job before answering any questions students may have. Where feasible, each school will be matched with a past pupil now working at the plant, in the hope students will relate to them more.

Tara Hutton, Adopt-a-Class Programme Manager at FOSEC says, "We are delighted that Seagate has offered to carry out this programme in conjunction with Adopt-a-Class. Seagate has always been keen to help our local schools and we are delighted to approach this project with them in such a planned and proactive way. The fact that they are working towards tying in with current education stipulations further highlights Seagate's commitment to Business Education linkages."

The following schools where invited to participate:

* St. Brigid's College
* Lumen Christi College
* Thornhill College
* Foyle & Londonderry College
* St. Peter's High School
* St. Columb's College
* St. Cecilias College
* St. Mary's College
* St. Joseph's Secondary School
* Oakgrove Integrated College
* Immaculate Conception College
* Clondermot High School / Lisneal College
* Belmont House Special School

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 2,000 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the company develops and manufactures the recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive. The company's Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.