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Transition Year Initiatives

Spark<span style='text-transfom: uppercase;'>E</span><span style='text-transfom: uppercase;'>D</span>
SparkED is a youth leadership programme that empowers young people by teaching them valuable life skills. Our online platform allows the students to access all our workshops and extra resources remotely. Students will be able to complete interactive workshops on our website, in areas such as CV Skills, Presentation Skills, Interview Skills, Time Management and Study skills, Computer/ IT Skills and Volunteering.
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Friends of the Elderly
The central aim of the Friends of the Elderly Transition Year and CSPE Programmes is to give time for the young and old to enjoy each other's company. The planned activities will give the students a greater apprecation of the values of the elderly, of how life was lived in Ireland during the 30's, 40's and 50's, of what the elderly have achieved and what they are passing on to us. READ MORE
<span style='text-transform: uppercase;'>ICDL</span>
ICDL is the most recognised digital skills certification in Ireland. Give your students a valuable certification to enhance their learning and add to their first CV. Find out more.
121 Digital
In the 121digital programme (supported by government (DCENR)) adults bring any digital device to their local school for FREE tuition, by TY students.Tutors are paired with their Learner for the course. They get to know how their Learner thinks, understands, learns and what makes them ‘tick’. Sharing digital skill is the ‘glue’ that brings our Tutors and Learners together - then they chat about sport, history, hobbies and life. READ MORE
Gaisce - Presidents Award
Transition Year is an ideal time to participate in the Presidents Award. The Award works on the basis of a personal challenge set by you. You will set the challenge and agree it with a President’s Award leader. You won’t be competing with other participants, as each challenge is completely individual… so the only person you’ll compete with is yourself. READ MORE
Dublin Cookery School
Dublin Cookery School offers a transformative experience for transition year students. Dive into a world of flavour, from Italy to India. Boost culinary confidence, learn professional techniques, and gain invaluable life skills. Perfect for young food enthusiasts ready for hands-on, fun-filled learning. Enrich your teen's TY – let them explore the magic of the kitchen with us!
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Age Action
Getting Started – Teaching older people basic IT. Your school could do so much to assist Age Action’s campaign to encourage older people to use technology. As part of our fight against digital exclusion, Age Action's Getting Started programme delivers training basic IT to people over the age of 55. We are looking for schools to get involved and will be eligible to enter the annual Silver Surfer Awards. Find out more
French Language Holidays
HOMESTAYS IN FRANCE for Secondary School Students. Improve your spoken French with an individual and personalised language holiday in a French family. Return home with better spoken French and hopes for better results in your oral examination. Create lasting friendships in France. French Host families with teenagers are selected according to the participant’s profile (age, interests etc.). Flexible Dates. Find out more
Robotics and V R Workshops
Join our TY Robotics & Coding workshop, 'Where Creativity Meets Coding,' using LEGO Spike Kits. Unleash creativity, learn coding, and bring creations to life. Students explore robotics, collaborating to tackle challenges. Or why not have your students dive into VR with the Beyond Realities Virtual Reality TY Experience. Explore, create, and have fun in this immersive adventure, exploring endless VR possibilities. .

Smart Futures
Smart Futures is a government-industry programme with information on working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Check out our ‘TY Opportunities’ page here.
Transition Year Ideas by the ITW
Transition Year Ideas is a dedicated youth service for students in Transition Year. Services include Personal Skills Courses for the Gaisce Awards, work experience in our drama school, College Application & Auditions Workshops, Personal Development and much more. Transition Year Ideas is a forum where young people can exchange TY ideas, suggestions and experiences. Find out more
T Y Programmes with Surfdock
Our popular Schools Programme focuses on students attaining competency in several watersports disciplines over a series of lessons. Sports on offer include stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, wakeboarding, sailing, Dragonboat racing and kayaking. Programmes are customised relative to the schedule of the school. This programme is particularly popular with TY Groups, who can attain sign off for components of the Gaisce award. READ MORE
Young Social Innovators
Young Social Innovators' mission is to raise social awareness among 15-18 year olds in Ireland by providing social awareness education through action and platforms for young people and those guiding them, which will result in an enhancement of the personal sense of justice, responsibility and capacity innate to all. Find out more
Barretstown's <span style='text-transform: uppercase;'>TY</span> Programme
Barretstown’s Residential TY Programme is an exciting residential experience which takes place on the beautiful 500-acre Barretstown campus. Run over 5 days/4 nights (Monday to Friday), this is a key opportunity for any Transition Year student group to spend time away in a fun, safe and educational environment, learn new skills and also gives students an insight into the work undertaken by Barretstown to support children and families affected by serious illness.
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This section of the EPA website contains resources for teachers of Transition Year which have been developed to support you in the context of the second level curriculum. Use clips from the Eco Eye TV series and a range of corresponding resource materials to explore the key environmental issues we face today. Visit Website
At Stein Study we provide first class language courses throughout Europe for students specialising in TY, 5th & 6th year language and activity holidays. With 30 years’ experience in the travel business we understand that your child’s safety and security is paramount and that’s why our Educational Assistants are available 24/7. New to Stein Study is a Spanish and Football course in Barcelona. Find out more about all our course options.