Larkin Community College
TY Work Experience Evaluation 2019
To develop the qualities of courtesy, cooperation and concern for other people, to develop self-awareness, decision-making and coping skills
To provide a transition between Junior and Senior Cycles and lay foundations for further studies
To establish realistic educational, occupational and life ambitions
To encourage initiative, self reliance and responsibility
To introduce a new range of experiences beyond the scope of the traditional curriculum
To allow students to experience working life as a basis for personal development and maturity
All students study our core subjects in 30 week modules:
Students also study the following subjects in 15 week modules:
- Creative writing
- Accounting & Marketing
Students then choose from the following subjects to study in 15 week modules:
- Peer/Fun Fitness
- Applied Maths
- Home Economics
- Outdoor Activities
Students study specialised 30 week modules in:
- Science for Life (eg Forensics)
- Junk Kouture
Students work with our numerous partners on different projects throughout the year.
(eg M&S, KPMG, GAA, Abbey Theatre, Matheson, Localise)
Students learn life skills such as:
- First Aid
- Self defence
- Public Speaking
- GAA Coaching
- Peer Coaching
Students source two weeks work experience in February.
There are also limited additional work experience opportunities available in specialised areas throughout the year.
Transition Year Programmes
There are many programes in TY:
- Fun Fitness
Students work with local primary schools and help out in their PE classes.
A gardening programme that works with a local kindergarden.
- Junk Kouture
A creative programme where pupils make koture outfits from recycable material.
A programme with Marks & Spencers which gives students an insight into working life.
A partnership with Localise to organise a Christmas dinner for local elderly people.
- Work Experience
Students gain experience in difference placements for 4 weeks.
The President’s award where students get awarded for community development.
- Green Schools
An environmental management, development & educational programme.
- Sign Language Module
- Check out this clip of our TY Students learning how to sign the alphabet!
Rotunda & Bar of Ireland - Matylda
"I was involved in the Rotunda Mini Medical programe, during this programe 2 other students and I got to spend a week in the Rotunda maternity hospital. This was an amazing experience and gave me an insight on the work done in the medical field.
I also got to spend a week at the Bar of Ireland which is an organisation for barristers from Ireland. I had to apply to the programe by writting an 800 word essay on the life of a barrister, after getting on their TY programe I got to spend a week shadowing a barrister and seeing different court cases in the Four Courts and the CCJ. It was an experience that I won’t forget and it got me interested in the work done in the field."
Business in the Community (BITC) - Natanya
Business in the Community is a programme that comes hand to hand with the company Marks and Spencers. TY students are given serveral different opportunities within the programme such as:
- A tour of the full Marks & Spencers building.
- CV and cover letter preparation.
- The chance to interview Marks & Spencers’ workers.
- Mock interview.
"During the cv and cover letter preparation students are given tips to help us prepare for job applications.
We were also given several tips to help us with a interview such as eye contact and no chewing gum during an interview.
We are then given to chance to be interviewed by Marks and Spencers as if we are applying for a job in the company. Once the interviews are done pupils are given an insight on what they did good and what was their weakest point."
Sample of TY Activities 2018