Work experience placement is an integral part of Transition Year.  This is a valuable opportunity for the student to experience work in an area in which she might be interested when finished her education.  This work placement may be influential in her future career choices.  It also offers an excellent chance to observe what skills are being used to get the job done successfully, as well as developing some of those skills herself.  In the past, employers have been very helpful and generous with their time, knowledge and expertise.  

Transiton Year involves three weeks work experience.  Students are encouraged to find work experience in areas that are of interest to them as a possible future career.  If possible the student should try to acquire three different work placements.  It is very important that students start looking for their work experience during the summer holidays and not leave it until September.  Work experience takes place during the three weeks prior to the February midterm break. 

The dates for next year are Monday, 28
th January to Friday, 15th February 2019.

Students receive a Work Experience Journal in January which is used to record and reflect on their experience of the working world over the three weeks.  Students are also requested to complete the Career Investigation in this journal.


Some organisations offer specific Transition Year Work Experience Programmes outside the school’s dates for work expereince.  Students are encouraged to apply to participate in these valuable programmes.  However, any student participating in one of these programmes must discuss this with the TY Co-ordinator in advance of the placement.


If you are considering a work placement with children or vunerable adults you may be requested by your employer to be Garda Vetted.

Students who are over 16 years of age may be Garda Vetted with parental consent. Please contact the Transition Year Co-ordinator for details.

Any student who is under 16 years of age at the date of work experience cannot be Garda Vetted. This may limit your options for work placement. Please confirm this requirement with the proposed employer.

Please note that Garda Vetting is a lengthy process and may take several weeks/months to be processed.


The school provides insurance cover for the student while on work experience.
Click here for the current insurance letter

Click here for guidelines for Guidelines for applying for work experience.

Click here for a sample letter to apply for work experience.

Click here for an employer’s confirmation letter.