Transition Year




An Tasc - Forás pearsanta, sósialta, oideachasúil agus gairmiúil na mac léinn a chur chun tosaigh agus iad a ullmhú mar bhaill neamhspleácha, freagracha den tsochaí ina mbeidh siad páirteach.



The Transition Year Programme is a unique one year programme that promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society (Transition Year Guidelines, 1994, Department of Education). TY provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. 


The latest statistics for TY Students participanting in Transition Year are 40,451 in 622 schools.


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Attention TY, LCVP, LCA, Leaving Cert and students studying through the medium of Irish!


Have you completed a work experience placement? If so, tell us about the skills you learnt on your placement and be in with the chance of winning a Mac Book Air and €1,000 for your school.


The National Career Skills competition 2018 is celebrating its 10 years anniversary this year and you have 9 days more to submit your applications.  So, hurry up and submit your application and be in with a chance to win some great prizes and celebrate your win at the awards ceremony in the Department of Education and Skills with Minister Bruton on 9th May 2018.




Have you got what it takes to join our list of winners?

This exciting competition promotes the importance of Career Skills and encourages the value of career research. It gives students the chance to reflect on the skills they developed during their work experience, and how those skills can help them in their future career.


Why do I need to know my skills?

Being able to describe your skills is critically important when it comes to activities such as job interviews and creating your CV. Gaining some real-life work experience and using what you learned to help you identify important “career” or “employability” skills is one of the most effective ways of building your skill-set. Even more important is being able to communicate what you learned. This competition is designed to help you identify the career skills that you developed during your work experience and communicate these effectively at an interview or on your CV. To find out more about career skills click here.


How to Enter:

In order to enter you must complete a work experience placement. Entrants need to complete a career investigation and discuss the skills they discovered while on work placement. You can download the application guidelines here:

You can enter online (you need to create a free CareersPortal account first), 


or post to: CareersPortal, College House, 71-73 Rock Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.


The closing date for the competition is 23rd March 2018.


Shortlists will be announced at the end of April and the winners will be contacted in the first week of May.

The competition is developed by CareersPortal, and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills, An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), TY, LCVP and LCA Programmes. The competition is sponsored by McDonald's People.


For more information on this competition click here.


Best of luck!


TY Get up and Go Competition


The TY Get up and Go Competition will not be taking place this year 2017-2018.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused and we would like to thank all those who participated in the competition over that last number of years.  



TY Coordinators Schedule




Click here to download a copy of the TY coordinators schedule spreadsheet



TY Refresher Workshop Resources 


TY Overview Presentation     TY Overview Presentation as Gaeilge

Writing the TYP Presentation   Writing the TYP Presentation as Gaeilge



TY Exploring Planning Booklet





PDST TY PICNIC - CPD for Transition Year Co-ordinators


Thank you to all the TY teachers who attended the TY PICNIC on the 7th September, 2016.

Please find presentations from the day.

TY PICNIC presentation

TY PICNIC presentation - Wellbeing

TY PICNIC presentation - Apprenticeships

TY PICNIC presentation - Killina Language Initiative

TY PICNIC presentation - Team Teaching

TY PICNIC presentation - Music and Arts



PDST TY Get up and Go 


Get up and Go Promotional Video

GET UP AND GO from PDST on Vimeo.



Relevant Documentation Supporting a Transition Year Programme
Application Form


Origins of Transition Year
Start Up Guide
Writing the Programme
Transition Year Guidelines for Schools


Tackle Bullying


The Competition is now live on - All materials can be download from the website and posters will also be submitted on the website. Prizes include a VIP tour of Facebook for winning teams, Sports equipment, One4All vouchers for pupils and Security software licences for schools. 

Please find link to poster competition 


New Tourism Modules and Competition


Tourism insight is a new initiative developed by the Irish Hospitality Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Technology Tralee with the support of Fáilte Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation. The initiative was formally launched nationwide 29th September 2016 by the Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan.
The programme provides valuable tourism insights to transition year students and other learners, informing them of career options within the tourism industry.
Tourism is everybody’s business and every interaction with a tourist is an opportunity to make them feel welcome and we want everyone to understand the value of tourism and of every tourist.



Cycle Against Suicide 


Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE's The Secret Millionaire programme.  The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.  


The Cycle Against Suicide community is determined to let people in every corner of the island of Ireland know that; it's OK not to feel OK and it's absoluetly OK to ask for help.  Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.



Iveagh Scholars Programme


The Iveagh Scholars programme is a way for secondary-studens to share their views on Ireland's role in the world, and to get involved in the discussion about how the Deparment of Foreign Affairs and Trade promotes abroad the values, interests and economic well-being of Ireland and its people.  


For further information, please click on the website 




121digital Programme


The 121digital programme facilitates approx 500 TY students annually to experience the power of enabling local adults with digital skills. This, in turn, empowers the TY students who volunteer for the programme. It is their first experience of teaching and it matures them on several levels.



The Hope Foundation    Web Link


What the Hope Foundation can offer schools:


  • Free school talks to students of looking at topics such as child labour, trafficking, gender inequality and the work of HOPE.
  • Travel to Calcutta with The Hope Foundation on our Immersion Programme
  • HOPE Mini Company project with Butlers Chocolates
  • Young Social Innovators Partnership
  • Opportunity to take part in HOPE’s National Campaign in October
  • Event support and local fundraising
  • C.S.P.E Development Education programme



Exploring the Students Experience.





Student perceptions of Transition Year. 2014 ISSU Report (Irish Second Level Students Union).  View Report